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How to Become A Wind Turbine Technician

The rise in popularity of renewable energy has led to a huge spike in demand for wind turbine technicians in these various fields. As numerous states seek to obtain more of their energy generation from renewable resources, the need for wind turbine technicians has never been greater. Wind energy is being utilized to provide renewable and clean energy for thousands of people across the country. Although the fuel for the wind turbine is renewable, it is still a piece of mechanical equipment that must be regularly maintained by a wind turbine technician. So, what steps do students need to take in order to become an effective wind turbine technician?


Wanted: Aviation Maintenance Technicians for Private and Commercial Aircraft Operators

Aviation-ProgramBy John Willis, MIAT College  of Technology Houston Campus President

Every time one of us boards an aircraft in the United States, we can be assured that  FAA-certified aviation maintenance technicians have completed an extensive series of essential checks and repairs required for safe and effective operations of that aircraft. That said, travelers don’t give much thought to the extensive “behind the scenes” work involved in getting us airborne and then back on the ground.  For United Airlines at Bush Intercontinental Airport alone, more than 300 aviation maintenance team members are employed day and night

United  Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Boeing and the aviation industry as a whole are experiencing a major shortage of qualified Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) maintenance technicians. Demand continues to be greater than supply, and competition among employers can be fierce.  Faculty and staff of MIAT College of Technology’s campuses in Houston and in Canton near Detroit, Michigan, are working closely with airline industry representatives, high schools, military veterans, and community leaders to assist in filling this gap as quickly as possible.

Interest in MIAT’s aviation maintenance programs is the major contributor to the rapid growth in student in enrollment at the Houston campus – which is approaching 400, up from 48 students in 2015. Approximately 60 percent of MIAT’s Houston students this year are enrolled in either the 20-month aviation maintenance certificate program or the 24-month aviation maintenance program that yields an associate’s degree in Applied Sciences.  Employment opportunities for these careers remain high. (more…)

What is HVACR and Why Do I Want to Become an HVACR Technician?

HVAC Technician

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) is a skill that is needed in homes, apartment complexes, office buildings, hospitals and retail stores. Virtually every building that is standing uses some type of HVACR system. Because of this, trained and skilled HVACR technicians are needed to maintain, repair and install systems. Becoming an HVACR technician can provide you with a career rather than just a job.


5 Qualities of a Successful Solar Installation Technician

One of the most in-demand jobs is that of a solar installation technician. With the growing popularity of solar, more solar installation technicians are required to install thousands of solar panels. Solar panels can cover acres of land in order to generate clean, reliable, and renewable energy for hundreds of thousands of consumers every year. Luckily, there are many programs to help train the best solar installers in the world. So, what are the most important qualities of a successful solar installation technician? These qualities include being tech savvy, paying attention to detail, having an understanding of electrical systems, great communication skills, and a willingness to solve uncommon issues.


Highlighting the Growing Demand for Qualified Welders during National Welding Month


IMG_0693By John Willis, MIAT College of Technology, Houston Campus President

The American Welding Society and many other industry organizations, employers and career colleges such as ours are shining the spotlight on the welding profession throughout the month of April in a major campaign dubbed “National Welding Month.”

Given that the Houston campus of MIAT College of Technology is committed to playing a strategic role in addressing the growing demand for qualified welders and other skilled workers, the timing is perfect to explain how our faculty and staff are accommodating welding students and the employers who will hire them upon completion of their Welding Technology Program requirements.

MIAT introduced 3-month, 7-month and 9-month welding programs at our Houston  campus last summer, and I am pleased and honored to report that welding student enrollment at our Houston Campus has been steadily rising. We are accommodating this growth by adding more welding booths and more classes. The program has increased by 250 percent since September 2018. (more…)

Industry Changes Effect on Wind and Solar Energy Jobs

One of the fastest growing sectors of employment is in the renewable energy industry. There are thousands of job openings across the country in specific industries ranging from wind turbine technicians to solar installers. Luckily, many of these jobs can be obtained through a technical training school or program as opposed to a traditional four-year university. This can help students get their degrees or certifications faster and save them thousands of dollars in the process. So, before you make the decision to begin a technical program with the intention of getting a job in the renewable energy industry, what are some important questions to consider?


Industries of Welding Growth: A Welder’s Guide

Vocational schools have long been an excellent alternative to more traditional forms of study after high school. This is especially true as the cost of traditional colleges rise while still not preparing their students for a specific trade. In contrast to this, vocational schools always leave their students with a valuable skill, such as welding, which can be utilized throughout their career. Welding has become a skill with an incredible growth in demand. This means that those who complete a program which provides them the tools they need to become a skilled welder are far more likely to receive steady employment. So, what specific industries are making a push to hire more welders, thanks to higher demand for the skill?

  • The Service Industry
  • The Manufacturing and Transportation Sectors
  • The Construction Industry
  • Commissioning Specialized Projects
  • (more…)

    Pursuing a Skilled Trade Career Is a Smart Choice at Any Age and Stage of Life


    By John Willis, MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus President

    Career colleges and vocational-technical institutions are perfect choices for adults at any age and stage of life. Pursuing a “skilled trade career” is the wise and practical “first choice” for recent high school graduates who have studied vocations courses, for U.S. military veterans, and for those who are looking to make a career change.

    There are many advantages of obtaining education and training in a skilled trade such as aviation maintenance, welding, nursing, firefighting, law enforcement and others that do not require a four-year degree.  A blog post by “Work It Daily” based on the philosophy of Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” fame, offered the following top five reasons why an individual should work in a skilled trade-related field:

    1. Trade jobs are more active.
    2. One does not need to invest in an expensive education.
    3. One does not need to take time off from earning money.
    4. There’s no shortage of work.
    5. The working hours can be more flexible.

    Please follow this link to access the entire article.


    Other reasons that I hear from our students attending MIAT College of Technology in Houston include “I like working with my hands.” “I want to love what I do.” “I am not a person who likes sitting at a desk. I have to work outside!”  “My friend (or relative) is in XYZ field and has been trying to persuade me for ages to get certified.” (more…)

    The Student Who Became the Teacher

    Gail Rouscher professionalAt MIAT College of Technology our students benefit from an experienced, knowledgeable faculty. Many of the faculty are graduates of the school. Other students have gone on advancing their education, working in the industry and then passing that knowledge and experience on to the next generation. One such MIAT alumnus is Dr. Gail Buccholz Rouscher.

    Dr. Rouscher has more than 25 years of aviation experience and has been an instructor at Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation since 2008.

    Dr. Rouscher began her aviation career as a member of the U.S. Navy serving as an aircraft engine mechanic, stationed in Rota, Spain and at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, Michigan. Following her service in the Navy, Dr. Rouscher attended MIAT for the Airframe and Powerplant program, graduating in 1997. To use her words – “A long time ago.” Her memories of MIAT are of great friends, favorite instructors (Mike Bloomfield, Jim Will, Bill Holifield) and great memories. One thing she doesn’t miss is the bell ringing each hour for breaks. She recalled hosting a get together for her classmates at her home following their final classes in 1997. “We had a great time. I have pictures of us making a human pyramid that day.” And, although she has lost contact, she wishes she could reconnect and reminisce about their experiences at MIAT. (more…)

    Focusing on Career and Technical Education Now Reaps Long-Term Benefits for the Future


    john-willis-2By John Willis, MIAT College of Technology Houston President

    The month of February has been designated as Career and Technical Education Month by the Association for Career & Technical Education. As president of MIAT College of Technology Houston campus and as chairperson of the Houston Independent School District CTE Advisory Council, focusing on career and technical education every day of every week of every month of every year is my highest priority.  I am a staunch advocate for CTE and the lifelong benefits it can provide students.  I would like to share the following excerpt of an article that explains the value of Career and Technical Education:

    Career and technical education is a term applied to schools, institutions, and educational programs that specialize in the skilled trades, applied sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation. It was formerly (and is still commonly) called vocational education; however, the term has fallen out of favor with most educators.

    Career and technical programs frequently offer both academic and career-oriented courses, and many provide students with the opportunity to gain work experience through internships, job shadowing, on-the-job training, and industry-certification opportunities. Career and technical programs—depending on their size, configuration, location, and mission—provide a wide range of learning experiences spanning many different career tracks, fields, and industries, from skilled trades such as automotive technology, construction, plumbing, or electrical contracting to fields as diverse as agriculture, architecture, culinary arts, fashion design, filmmaking, forestry, engineering, healthcare, personal training, robotics, or veterinary medicine.


     Source: The Glossary of Education Reform for Journalists, Parents and Community Members

    To access the complete article, please visit https://www.edglossary.org/career-and-technical-education/