What Trade Can I Learn in 9 Months or Less?

Are you looking for a new hands-on career that is both challenging and exciting? Not able to stay out of the workforce for even a year or have other responsibilities that you must attend to? The good news is that there are trade programs that can be completed in seven to nine months by attending full time.

There is no need to only attend a traditional college to learn a trade. You can be prepared to pursue a career by graduating from a trade program. Schools like MIAT College of Technology can prepare you in as little as seven months because we focus only on the knowledge and skills that prepare you for a new trade career.1 No need for a 16th century poetry class — just the classes and experience that prepare you for a career you want. You will also build confidence with the help of hands-on experience and mentorship from instructors.

What Trade Can I Learn in 7 to 9 Months?

Whether you want to work as a wind power technician, HVACR technician, welder or NDT technician, you have options to quickly learn a trade. If you feel you would enjoy a hands-on role outside of an office, a trade may be perfect for you. Some of the trade programs that take as little as seven months at MIAT College of Technology include:

Wind Power Technician

Do you have seven months to train to become a wind power technician? With the growing use of renewable energy, especially wind power, there is a need for wind power technicians. The total employment of wind turbine technicians is projected to grow 68% between 2020 and 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With the transition to wind energy, a need for wind power technicians is expected for years to come.

Wind power technicians install, maintain and repair the major components of a wind turbine. They inspect the wind turbine; repair the equipment; perform routine maintenance; test electrical, mechanical and hydraulic components and systems; replace worn components; collect turbine data; and service the systems that power wind turbine farms.

HVACR Technician

Do you have nine months to learn how to become an HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) technician? If you are interested in diagnosing problems and fixing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, becoming an HVAC technician may be the right trade for you.

As a student, you will learn to read schematics, service HVAC systems and install ductwork, air conditioning systems, heat pumps and other HVAC components. During this program, you will also prepare for the EPA 608 certification exam to indicate you can safely handle hazardous refrigerant and other materials.


Are you considering the welding trade? In as little as nine months attending full-time, the Welding Specialist program at MIAT College of Technology’s Canton campus or the Advanced Welding Technology program at the Houston campus provides the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to pursue a trade career. Welding technician skills include:

  • Tools and professional skills
  • Metal arc welding
  • Drawings, symbols and metal characteristics
  • Pipe welding
  • Soldering
  • Fitting and fabrication

Learn how to cut, braze, fabricate and solder different metals together with a variety of welding techniques. If you have 9 months to learn a new trade, becoming a welding specialist may be the right career path for you.

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Advanced Technician

Do you have an interest in how things are made? During the NDT technician program at the Houston campus, you will learn how to identify flaws in different parts, components and materials using different testing techniques. These techniques include dye penetrant inspection, eddy current testing, magnetic particle inspection, ultrasound and radiography.

After graduating in as little as nine months, you will be prepared for an entry-level non-destructive testing technician career in many different settings, including aviation, defense, construction and automotive.

Final Thoughts

MIAT College of Technology is here to help you prepare for a new career. You get hands-on training to help put the theory into practice. Instructors guide you through the curriculum and class sizes are small so you don’t get lost in a sea of students. We also offer career services to prepare for the job search, whether it is résumé building, mock interviews or job fairs. So, learn more about MIAT College of Technology today.

Want to Learn More?

If you’re mechanically inclined, enjoy working with your hands and are looking for skilled trade career training with a future, MIAT College of Technology can help. Engaging, hands-on technical training at MIAT College of Technology can open the doors toward a variety of exciting careers.

Our aircraft mechanic and maintenance training can lead toward opportunities in many industries, including aviation maintenance, HVACR, wind energy, powerplant operations and industrial machinery. With MIAT College of Technology, you get career-focused education. MIAT students learn in shop facilities simulating the real world — including aircraft, engines, wind turbines and their related equipment — to ensure graduates are ready to hit the ground running as trained technicians.

To learn more about our skilled trade programs and to explore if MIAT is right for you, fill out the form on this page. Contact us today if you are interested in attending MIAT College of Technology.

1Some programs may require longer than one year to complete. 2The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that total national employment for Wind Turbine Service Technicians will be 11,700 by 2030. See Table 1.2 Employment by detailed occupation, 2020 and projected 2030, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, viewed April 6, 2022. The Universal Technical Institute family of schools, including UTI and MIAT, are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary. For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.miat.edu/disclosures.