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MIAT College of Technology President’s Blog

My Ultimate Responsibility: To Empower MIAT Faculty and Staff to Support Our Students in the Best Possible Way Every Day

By Jennifer Paugh, MIAT College of Technology Canton President

The timing of the opportunity to join MIAT College of Technology as president of our Canton campus near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport was perfect. That was almost three years ago. Helping MIAT to grow and flourish is exciting to me, and I have embraced this leadership opportunity wholeheartedly. My ultimate responsibility is to ensure that our graduates are able to be successful in their field. I do this in a variety of ways, but most importantly by managing and supporting the day to day operations of the campus and creating an environment that allows our faculty, staff, and students to flourish.


The Growth of The Airline Industry: An Aviation Mechanics Guide


The global aviation industry is booming. The International Air Transport Association (ATA) believes that the airline industry’s profits will reach up to 38.4 billion US dollars in 2018. In the next 20 years, the number of airline passengers is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 4 percent. The increase in passengers and airplanes means a demand for additional airline personnel including aviation mechanics.


Aviation Maintenance Technology: Learn the Terminology You Need


Interested in becoming an aviation maintenance technician? As an aviation maintenance technician, you will need to be familiar with lots of aircraft terminology. Developing an aviation-related vocabulary is important for diagnosing problems with an aircraft or communicating maintenance needs with the flight crew. Below is some terminology that helps aviation maintenance technicians to keep the flight crew and passengers safe and the aircraft in good working condition.


Energy Resources & Energy Technicians: How Power is Generated

The energy industry continues to grow and diversify, and so does the demand for an educated, well-trained workforce. Technology has helped us harness new types of energy more efficiently, including natural gas, coal, oil, nuclear, water, wind, geothermal and solar energy. The task of energy technicians is to install, maintain and repair the essential electric infrastructure that powers our world.

Learn more about the various sources of energy and the roles energy technicians play in producing, storing, and distributing power.


HVACR Technician: Skills of the Trade

HVAC Technician

Are you good with your hands? Do have solid mechanical and troubleshooting skills? If so, you should consider a career in HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration)!

HVACR technicians install, repair, maintain, and upgrade systems that control air temperature and quality in a variety of industrial, commercial, and residential environments. These specific environments can include medical facilities, education institutions, residential homes, multi-family complexes, government facilities, industrial complexes, stadiums, casinos, and refrigerated warehouses.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are a particular set of skills necessary to be an HVACR technician. MIAT College of Technology can give you the training you need to develop these skills and be career-ready. To be an HVACR technician, you should have customer-service skills, attention to detail, mechanical skills, physical stamina and strength, time-management skills, and troubleshooting skills.


The Energy Industry: What Career Path Is Right for You?

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Interested in becoming a power plant operator, turbine maintenance technician, millwright, hydroelectric plant technician, water treatment plant and systems operator, oil and gas technician or generator technician? Did you know that it can take as little as 7-16 months to get the skills needed for an entry-level position in the energy industry? Before you start looking for an energy technician career, lay a solid foundation by completing an energy technology program at MIAT College of Technology.


Aviation Maintenance Technician: Mastering Sheet Metal Fabrication

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Do you like working with your hands, taking things apart, and making repairs to equipment? Would you be interested in attending college if there was a program that applied all of those activities to one career field? MIAT’s Aviation Maintenance programs focus on teaching students the advanced precision skills necessary to become an FAA Certified Aviation Maintenance Technician.

Sheet metal fabrication is one of more than 40 precision technical skills MIAT graduates master during their training. In 2016, there were 132,000 Aviation Maintenance Technicians in the US, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sheet metal fabrication is a highly sought-after skill in the aviation maintenance field.


Aviation Industry Growth Stymied by the Shortage of Aircraft Technicians

In 1968, Lee Kopeke saw that there was a shortage of trained and licensed Aircraft Technicians for local aviation companies in Michigan, so he started a school at Willow Run Airport to train technicians for the growing industry.  For almost 50 years MIAT College of Technology has been providing technicians to companies across the U.S.

During this same time, the industry was so busy growing, catering to customers’ needs, and making money, participants did not realize that the dynamics were quickly changing and external influences would begin to drain the industry of much needed talent.  Non-aviation industries started stealing these highly trained technicians to work in their own industry.  It didn’t take long for these maintenance-related industries to recognize the transferability of skills from these highly trained technicians.


Wind Power Technician Training Program: Tools and Skills

Portrait of two engineers posing in front of wind energy turbine farm

Are you interested in becoming a Wind Power Technician? Did you know that you can complete a Wind Power Technician training program in as little as 7 months? During the course of MIAT’s Wind Power Technician Training program, you will have the opportunity to learn about wind turbine tools. You will also develop essential professional skills necessary for a career building and maintaining wind turbines with attention to detail and safety.


Aviation Maintenance Technician: Mastering the Gear Systems

IMG_6438Interested in becoming an aviation maintenance technician? Aviation Maintenance programs focus on teaching students the advanced and precise skills necessary to become FAA Certified Aviation Maintenance Technicians. Gear systems are one of the integral mechanisms that technicians learn to master, and they are just one of more than 40 precision technical skills MIAT graduates master during their training: