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Is a Career in HVAC/R Right for You?


You don’t have to pursue an expensive higher-education degree to find a satisfying and challenging career. Vocational education is an affordable alternative for individuals who are looking to work with their hands and develop skills that will last a lifetime. Consider MIAT College of Technology’s HVAC/R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) program, which trains students for one of the fastest-growing trades in the country.

Growth and Careers

Many find HVAC/R to be a rewarding career. The fact that people have come to expect temperature control during all four seasons means that HVAC/R technicians have a lot of job security. There are a variety of tasks, working environments, and positions available in the field. Plus, the field is rapidly growing! The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the field will experience a 21% growth between 2012 and 2022. This means that there will be many new job opportunities, as the industry is likely to add as many as 55,900  roles over these ten years. With this kind of growth, trained HVAC/R techs are in high demand, which leads to better job security and improved wages.[i]

HVAC/R Technology

The HVAC/R industry is no longer a manual wrench-and-screwdriver type of job. Knowledge of information technology is essential to the modern technician because of new advances in equipment design and operation. The job requirements range from configuring a WiFi thermostat to installing and programming an access point for a climate control system in a commercial building. This means that technicians will often use networking skills to assess and troubleshoot problems with new equipment, and that it is important for anyone interested in this field to stay up-to-date on the latest developments.

HVAC/R Education

Your journey in HVAC/R education does not have to stop at completing any given training program or getting your associate’s degree. You have the option to pursue a Bachelor’s or even a Master’s degree in HVAC/R Engineering! The best thing about the field is that it is evolving. More and more equipment is being developed that is dependent on refrigeration and other HVAC/R technology.

The demand for individuals with HVAC/R skills is expected to continue to increase. The industry is undergoing significant growth. This creates numerous job opportunities for engineers, technicians, contractors, installers, and repair technicians. Also, as people become increasingly environmentally-conscious, energy-efficient, eco-friendly units and green technology is expected to be in particularly high demand. [ii]  This means that it is important for anyone who is interested in the field to study new trends and stay up-to-date. MIAT College of Technology HVAC/R instructors educate students about the latest technologies to give them an advantage when they enter the workforce.


Opportunities abound in the HVAC/R field, especially because of the variety of skills needed to build, repair, and maintain equipment. The industry offers individuals a chance to work with their hands and develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. In addition, most positions require individuals to be mobile, meaning that technicians work in a range of settings and are not confined to a desk. Given the growth, job security, and technological development in HVAC/R, there are many reasons to consider pursuing a career in this exciting industry!

If you are interested in learning more about the field, contact MIAT College of Technology directly at (734) 423-2100 for our Canton, MI location, or (713) 401-3399 for our Houston, TX campus. You can also research the MIAT HVAC/R program online at http://www.miat.edu/programs/hvacr-technician-program/.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program may be found here: http://www.miat.edu/disclosures/

[i] Bohm, S. (2016, May 5). The Demand for HVACR Technicians Is Heating Up in 2016. https://www.refrigerationschool.com/blog/hvacr/demand-hvacr-technicians-heating-2016/

[ii] Explore the Trades. (2015). http://www.explorethetrades.org/hvac/why-become-an-hvac-technician/

Become a Logistics Coordinator



Ready to start a career as a logistics coordinator? Ready for the challenges of coordinating a supply chain? The following talks about what a logistics coordinator does and the skills needed to become a successful logistics coordinator.

What does a Logistics Coordinator Do?

Logistics Coordinators analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the logistics coordinator tasks include:

  • Managing the logistical aspects of a product’s life cycle from design to disposal
  • Directing the allocation of materials, supplies, and products
  • Developing business relationships with suppliers and clients
  • Designing strategies to minimize the cost or time required to transport goods
  • Reviewing logistical functions and identify areas for improvement

The most important part of a logistics coordinator’s job is to ensure the efficiency of the movement of goods or components through a company’s shipping system. They typically generate reports showing how quickly and accurately warehouses fill orders for company factories or consumer goods shipping, and will also analyze shipment delivery times based on quantities of items. Throughout these processes, the logistics coordinator looks for ways to remove bottlenecks and obstacles and create as clear a path as possible for all logistics operations.

Skills Needed to Be a Successful Logistics Coordinator

Communication skills. Logistics coordinators need strong communication skills in order to collaborate with colleagues and do business with suppliers and customers.

Critical-thinking skills. Logistics coordinators develop, adjust, and carry out logistical plans. They often must find ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Organizational skills. Logistics coordinators must be able to perform several tasks at one time, keep detailed records, and simultaneously manage several projects in a fast-paced environment.

Team-building skills. The logistics coordinator needs to motivate and develop people to work effectively together to achieve the desired result, including effective communication, full participation and maximum delegation with appropriate support and guidance.

Problem-solving skills. Logistics coordinators must handle unforeseen issues, such as delivery problems, and adjust plans as needed to resolve the issues.

Forecasting skills. A logistics coordinator should always be forward planning for the potential needs of a company. Whether the task is to organize transport, purchase parts, or ensure that enough resources are available, it is important for the ground transportation logistics manager to be able to anticipate what the company’s needed are.

Resource management skills. A logistics coordinators needs to look at what resources the company already has, what they will need to achieve organizational objectives, and how they can satisfy those objectives within the financial realms of the organization.

Risk Analysis. From a logistical and resource perspective, risks must be assessed and contingency plans must be developed. A successful logistics coordinators will conduct thorough analysis of risks and implement relevant mitigation techniques.

Technology skills. Logistics coordinators must be able to understand how information systems and technology can improve operational efficiency and competitiveness.

What is Supply Chain Management?

The oversight of materials, information, and finances as they move in a process from supplier to manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer. Supply chain management involves coordinating and integrating these flows both within and among companies.

What are the Four Main Elements of Supply Chain Management?

According to Chron Small Business:

#1 Demand Management – focusing companies and their partners on meeting the needs of customers. With demand management, companies can improve the competitiveness of the whole supply chain and increase business opportunities for everyone included.

#2 Communication – helps the entire supply chain improve the efficiency and productivity of its operations through collaboration of everyone to share demand and operational information.

#3 Integration – integrating supply chain processes helps each member reduce its inventory costs.

#4 Collaboration – strengthens relationships between members, improving teamwork and helping everyone increase their business.

Ready start your career in the logistics industry? The Global Logistics and Dispatch Certificate program from MIAT College of Technology in Canton, MI, provides the hands-on training, and employment assistance it takes to pursue a rewarding career as a logistics coordinator. MIAT is accredited by The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

New MIAT College of Technology and Delta Airlines Partnership


MIAT College of Technology Partners with Delta Airlines

Partnership is established in order to ensure that future Aviation Maintenance Technician positions are filled


We are excited to announce that MIAT College of Technology (MIAT) has been selected to partner with Delta Airlines to help meet the high demand for Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) positions expected over the next several years. Delta TechOps evaluated numerous AMT schools with a goal to find schools that are committed to meeting FAA standards and Delta’s principles of excellence.

MIAT College of Technology is one of a small group of AMT schools chosen from across the country to partner with Delta Airlines. Delta will function as a significant resource for MIAT, helping to continually improve the quality and relevance of the school’s training programs, increasing access to career opportunities for students and graduates, and improving marketing efforts to prospective students.

MIAT’s Canton Campus President Jennifer Paugh stated, “For nearly 50 years, MIAT College of Technology has been training tomorrow’s leaders in the aviation maintenance field and we are absolutely thrilled to be selected by Delta to partner as an employee training facility. I’m certain that this collaboration will prove to be mutually advantageous as we combine MIAT’s proven, practical training models in career technical education with Delta’s stature as a global industry leader, and their employees real-world experience. I’m certain that this partnership will prove to be of great mutual benefit to both our students and Delta employees.”

Accepting the honor and responsibility that come with this partnership, MIAT will continue to uphold the standards and practices that allowed the college to be chosen for Delta’s plan to address the growing need for trained aviation maintenance technicians.

About MIAT College of Technology

MIAT College of Technology was founded in 1969 and operates a 125,000 square foot facility in Canton, Michigan and a 40,000 square foot facility in Houston, Texas.  In addition to Aviation Maintenance Technology, MIAT offers programs in HVACR, Energy, and Global Logistics and Dispatch.  The school’s Aviation Maintenance Technology-AAS degree, Airframe and Powerplant Technician certificate, and Aviation Dispatch course, are FAA certificated and NCATT accredited.

MIAT College of Technology has helped thousands of individuals acquire the industry-relevant skills, experience, and connections it takes to pursue rewarding technical careers. After almost 50 years in technical career education, MIAT has built an excellent reputation and strong working relationships with top employers.

MIAT programs are developed in direct response to feedback from industry leaders looking for qualified employees, and the school collaborates with these employers to tailor its programs to fit industry needs. MIAT graduates feel confident and fully prepared to make a smooth transition into the workplace after getting so much industry-influenced, practical training.

Renewable Energy: Big Changes and New Growth

Renewable Energy: Big Changes and New Growth

Major changes are happening right now in the energy industry that are impacting both the public and private sectors. According to WIRED.com, 75 percent of the electricity generating capacity in the United States currently depends on the combustion of fossil fuels, and a number of states have started looking for alternative ways to produce energy. New York has committed to meeting 50 percent of its power needs from clean, reliable, low-cost energy sources such as wind by 2030. It is the fifth state to commit to a 50 percent or more target for clean energy.[i] There are several states that took this pledge including Oregon, Hawaii, California, and Kansas.

The Renewable Energy Revolution

When it comes to private sector organizations that are investing in clean, renewable energy, Warren Buffet’s utility company MidAmerican Energy Holdings ordered 1,050 megawatts of Siemens AG (SIE) wind turbines at the cost of approximately $1 billion in December of 2013. That is the biggest land-based wind turbine purchase to date.[ii] So far, the primary focus of these efforts have been wind and solar. However, geothermal energy and bioenergy (renewable energy produced by living organisms) are generating interest as well.

Renewable Energy to the Rescue

While there has been significant growth in renewable sources of energy, they currently account for only about 13 percent of the world’s electricity production. In addition to renewable energy, it seems that natural gas will be one of the most abundant energy sources for the future, only falling short of oil and coal. Natural gas now accounts for about 22 percent of the world’s energy consumption, and demand is growing.[iii] When it comes to natural gas, a new production process called hydraulic fracturing – or “fracking” –  has allowed producers to tap into huge gas reserves that were previously unavailable. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the demand for natural gas is expected to increase by approximately 56 percent through 2040.[iv]

Growth of Energy in America

The energy field is always growing and changing, and the expansion in clean and renewable sources is expected to create new jobs in the energy industry. This includes workers to install and fix wind turbines, solar arrays and other energy generating equipment. The industry could always use fresh minds and new ideas to accelerate this change, and with both governments and corporations looking to improve energy generation there could be numerous advances coming. There are numerous opportunities and career paths one can pursue in this field. If you would like to learn more about the possibilities in the energy industry, please contact us. You can reach us by telephone at 734-423-2100 (Canton, Michigan) or 888-547-7047 (Houston, Texas) or visit us online at www.miat.edu.






[i] https://www.wired.com/insights/2013/07/one-technology-is-already-changing-the-future-of-energy/


[ii] https://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/warren-buffetts-buys-1-billion-wind-turbines-biggest-land-based-wind-power-purchase-ever.html


[iii] https://www.chevron.com/stories/natural-gas


[iv] http://www.businessinsider.com/check-out-these-three-explosive-opportunities-in-natural-gas-2010-12


MIAT College of Technology Named to Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly® Schools List

Canton (November 10, 2016) — MIAT College of Technology announced today that it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs SM, and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

MIAT College of Technology, with locations in Canton, Michigan and Houston, Texas, is proud of our nation’s veterans and active military personnel and is honored to be able to help those who serve, as well as their families.

For more information about MIAT College of Technology’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit MIAT College of Technology’s website at www.miat.edu.

MIAT College of Technology will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on http://militaryfriendly.com.

About Military Friendly® Schools:
The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by EY. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at: https://militaryfriendly.com.

About MIAT College of Technology:
Since 1969 MIAT School of Technology has helped thousands of individuals get the industry-relevant skills, experience and connections it takes to pursue rewarding technical careers. After more than 45 years in technical career education, MIAT has built an excellent reputation and strong working relationships with top employers. MIAT programs are developed in direct response to feedback from industry leaders looking for qualified employees. MIAT partners directly with employers to develop programs specifically tailored to fit their needs.


About Victory Media:
Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur®, STEM Jobs SM and Military Friendly® brands.
Learn more about Victory Media at http://www.victorymedia.com.

For further information or to arrange interviews, contact:
MIAT College of Technology
Michael Reeve
Victory Media
Suzanne Treviño
Gordon C. James PR

MIAT Receives Student Veteran Awards

Grant Funding and Veteran Assistance Awards for MIAT

MIAT College of Technology was recently awarded two different accolades for their diligence in assisting it’s student veteran community.

The first award was a grant totaling $5,000 for renovations to the Student Veterans Center on campus. The grant was awarded by Student Veterans of American. From the SVA website, “Since 2014, the SVA Vet Center Initiative has built and improved veteran spaces on 61 campuses impacting over 30,000. Recognizing the successes of the last two years, The Home Depot Foundation continues its commitment to student veterans by offering a total of $400,000 to 50 deserving SVA chapters!”13406787_895250587267612_4221884636679679538_n

MIAT was also recognized by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Michigan College Access Network for supporting Michigan veterans as they transition from the military to college life.

Michigan Veteran Education Initiative

Along with these accolades, MIAT has also been previously given the honor of being designated a Military Friendly School as well as being certified as a Gold Level Veteran-Friendly School.


Olympic Hopeful Family Ties at MIAT

Local Athlete Competing on Big Stage

MIAT Employee's Daughter, Miranda.
Photo by Regan Lunn

Not too long ago the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships took place in Atlanta, Georgia. There, MIAT employee’s Diane Tucker and Holly Arnold were extremely proud of their daughter and sister (respectively), Miranda Tucker. Miranda became the fastest 18-year-old 100-yard breaststroker in the history of the United States, clocking in a time of 58.10. That time broke the previous National Age Group record held by U.S. Olympian Breeja Larson, who held the record with a 58.51 who swam that time at the NCAA Championship in 2011.

Photo by Regan Lunn

Miranda also put herself on the list of Top Ten All-Time Performers in the U.S. History tied in the 10th spot with the legendary gold medal Olympian breaststroker Rebecca Soni.

With a great showing in the 200 breaststroke, Miranda finished with the 3rd fastest time in U.S. history with a 2:06.27. Her final results were a 3rd place finish in the 100 and runner-up Champion in the 200.

Miranda’s focus continues now on her Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in June 2016 for a place on the U.S. Olympic Team for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

Photo by IU

Everyone at MIAT wishes Miranda the best of luck in her run up to the 2016 Olympic Games and would like to congratulate her on all of her success!

MIAT Host Girls in Aviation Day

MIAT Hosts Event Introducing Young Girls to Aviation Industry

Girls in Aviation Day

Some little girls dream of becoming a ballerina, movie star, or even being a princess; but then there are the few…the few that dream of flying as a pilot, becoming an engineer designing new aircraft, or even brave enough to jump out of a plane as a skydiver. These few are our future aviation enthusiasts and on September 26th, 2015 a group of girls from ages 8-14 were able to get a taste of aviation and how exciting it can be when they attended the Girls In Aviation event hosted at MIAT’s Canton Campus.

The girls were able to learn about and explore different types of aircraft, safety wire with some of MIAT’s female graduates as well as rivet sheet metal into nameplates. We had several guest speakers that are female mechanics and pilots who spoke about how much they enjoy their chosen career and what a typical working day was like for them.

All of this was thanGirls in Aviationks to the Yankee Ladies Aviation Chapter and MIAT for their efforts in continuously enlightening the minds of young girls in Michigan! MIAT is already planning on hosting Girls in Aviation Day again later this year, stay tuned for updates! To learn more about the Aviation Programs at MIAT visit HERE!

MIAT Graduates Win Aviation Award

MIAT Students Receive Prestigious National Award for Work in Aviation

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Brian Publiski
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Jay Dankoff

AMT Magazine sponsored a national contest to find some of the best and brightest in the aviation industry.  The ’40 Under 40 Next Gen Awards’ were created to recognize those outstanding young leaders and motivators.  MIAT and Eastern Michigan University are proud of graduates Jay Dankoff and Brian Publiski for receiving this prestigious award.

Jay is currently the Aviation Maintenance Excellence Program Lead at Convergent Performance, LLC.  In addition to his A&P training he earned his Bachelor in Science in Aviation Management from Eastern Michigan University and was an Egress Structural Mechanic on F/A-18C in the military.

Brian is currently Project Engineer/Manager at Liebherr Aerospace.  After his A&P training, he continued his education for a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management both from Eastern Michigan University.

Both of these graduates have made significant contributions to the aviation and aerospace industries and serve as great role models for future generations. MIAT is extraordinarily proud of these young men, and all of it’s graduates who work with pride and dedication in their respective fields.

To learn more about both of these award winners see the current issue of AMT Magazine or view online HERE.MIAT College of Technology - Aviation Program

Spirit Airlines Training Lab Dedication

State of the Art Training Lab Opens at MIAT

On November 17th the new Spirit-Airbus-MIAT Maintenance Simulation Training Laboratory was officially dedicated in honor of the late Spirit Senior Training Manager Joseph Adanuncio.   After a brief presentation and unveiling of a dedication plaque outside Airbus Competency-Based Training (A.C.T) classroom 207, Joe’s wife Diane rang the MIAT A&P bell to officially open the training lab.  Representatives from Spirit, Airbus and MIAT were in attendance as well as Joe’s friends and colleagues from throughout the industry.

After months of hard work by Spirit Tech Training and MIAT Staff and Faculty, the state-of-the art lab is now officially open for shared usage by both Spirit Technicians and MIAT aviation students to learn and master Airbus A320 systems, operation, and troubleshooting best practices for modern digital fly-by-wire commercial aircraft.

The Maintenance Simulator is the most advanced aircraft technician training tool in the world, with an immersive 3-D fully functional virtual flight deck and virtual aircraft containing every component and system of the real aircraft in photo-State-of-the-art training aviation training lab opens at MIATrealistic detail.  The simulator lab can hold 14 students with a total emphasis on learn-by-doing, proficiency-based training to better prepare technicians for world-class performance on the flight line.

This Airbus Competency-Based Training (A.C.T) lab is the first of its kind to be operational at any airline in the Americas, and first in the world to be placed at an A&P school.

To get more information about our world-class aviation mechanic programs, or take a tour of the school, fill in this form or all one of our Admissions advisors at 1-555-555-1234