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Ready for Class: MIAT Welcomes First Electro-Mechanical Technology Students in September


By Jennifer Paugh, MIAT Canton President

As a leading career college in the United States, MIAT College of Technology strives to stay abreast of and in sync with employers in a wide range of industries to equip them with skilled workers.   To that end, MIAT secured approval last month to begin offering our first Electro-Mechanical Technology Program at our Canton campus and our first Welding Technology Program at our Houston campus. (Please see our news release announcing these programs: https://www.miat.edu/news-and-press/miat-college-technology-introduces-welding-programs-houston-campus-electro-mechanical-technology-programs-detroit-metro-campus/).  

Our Canton faculty and staff are gearing up now to welcome our first Electro-Mechanical Technology students in September, with the first day of class set for September 10th, 2018.  We are offering 12-and 18-month Electro-Mechanical Technology programs.  We anticipate class sizes of about 25 to 40 (split between two sessions) at about four enrollments per year.  Our capacity for the entire calendar year is about 100 to 160 new electro-mechanical students. Those who complete our 12-month program will earn a certificate. Those who complete our 18-month program will earn an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences. We anticipate that the first graduation ceremony for this new program will be scheduled for early 2020.

Meeting Critical Needs in the Work Place

MIAT began behind the scenes efforts to offer this program in early 2017.  We knew then and it has been confirmed many times since then that the demand for our electro-mechanical program graduates is great. MIAT graduates will be well-positioned to work in a variety of critical electro-mechanical technician roles in numerous industry sectors.

Employer involvement in our new program has been tremendous. We are especially thankful to representatives from a special group of companies who serve on our Program Advisory Council and who have played a key role in assisting with the development of our Electro-Mechanical Technology curriculum. I would like to recognize PRAB, Inc., Methods Machine Tools, Inc., and Innovative Automation, Inc. for their contributions and support.  In fact, these companies invited MIAT to their facilities to film television ads and other promotional videos for this new program.

Another deserving shout out goes to Derek Cichewicz, one of our knowledgeable and charismatic MIAT instructors. Derek has been responsible for writing the course curriculum for this program. His energy and enthusiasm has propelled this new program to an amazing and enviable level of support from community leaders in Canton and the Detroit metro area. Additionally, Rich Rau has worked tirelessly to ensure that our Electro-Mechanical Technology lab is ready for our new students in this program. Lastly, a special mention is also due to Chris Davis, one of our MIAT high school representatives, who is laying the groundwork to offer our Electro-Mechanical Technology Program to high school students at some point in the near future.

The atmosphere at MIAT’s Canton campus is electric! Launches of new programs serve as opportunities to stimulate innovation, growth and positive change. While an extensive amount of work is involved in launching any new program for faculty and staff, we all benefit from the process of mobilizing and galvanizing our collective time and talent for such a major offering as is our first Electro-Mechanical Technology Program.

MIAT welcomes inquiries and campus tours. To arrange an appointment or to learn more, please visit www.miat.edu.

Thank you now and always for your support.

What Does a Welder Do on a Day-to-Day Basis?

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Welders and metal cutters are in high demand with the increased growth of infrastructure, construction and aerospace. A certification preparing you for an entry-level career in welding technology can be obtained from a trade school in less than a year.

With our 9-month welding technology program, you will learn a variety of different arc welding techniques including SMAW welding, MIG-GMAW welding, and TIG-GTAW welding.


MIAT College of Technology President’s Blog

Any Time is the Right Time for School  

By John Willis, MIAT College of Technology President, Houston

August and September are traditionally associated as “Back to School” months. As a lifelong educator, I believe that any time is the right time for school. I am one of those individuals who has never left school:  I have been attending or involved with some type of educational or training institution for the last 40 years.  Whether you are a recent high school graduate, military veteran returning to civilian  life or looking for a career change, I encourage you to pursue your educational goals.  The first step is always the most difficult.  It may not always feel like the “perfect” time, but it is always the “right” time to start school.

Joining MIAT College of Technology as president of the Houston campus three years ago was the perfect opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the educational community in Houston. I had been working at the same career institute for almost 20 years, and I knew I was ready to accept a new challenge.  MIAT College of Technology exists to help student of all ages and at all stages of their life and career. I am honored to have been chosen to lead and grow our enrollment and our curricula with the goal of making a positive, lasting impact on our students, their family, their employers, and their communities. And I am extremely thankful for the support of my enthusiastic and committed team of instructors, advisors, high school representatives, and administrators.


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?

Roughneck and Oil Rig

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.