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MIAT College of Technology Joins Universal Technical Institute

MIAT College of Technology Joins Universal Technical Institute’s Family of Schools

 For more than 50 years, MIAT College of Technology has equipped students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue technical careers. In this time, we’ve built a strong reputation, formed relationships with top employers and have prepared graduates for careers in a variety of industries.

At MIAT, we’re all about providing opportunities for students to gain the skills needed by the industry. That’s why we’re excited to announce that MIAT College of Technology is joining the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) family of schools, which are leading providers of technical training.1

Keep reading to learn more about the transition.

Joining Forces with UTI

Universal Technical Institute is a leading provider of technical training for students seeking careers as automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorsports, motorcycle and marine technicians, welders and CNC machinists. In its 55+ year history, they’ve had more than 220,000+ graduates.

With 13 campus locations across the country and 35+ brand relationships, UTI is a well-known provider of technical education. This has allowed them to build a network of thousands of local and national employers who come to the school when they’re looking to hire.

Like MIAT, UTI’s programs are career-focused. Many of them were developed in conjunction with industry leaders such as BMW, Ford, Kawasaki, and Mercury Marine. Their core programs range in length from 36 to 54 weeks, so you can begin pursuing your career sooner.1

UTI’s programs follow a blended learning educational model, which combines online instructor-led learning with hands-on application in the lab. This creates more flexibility for students and also prepares them for the type of training completed in the field. UTI’s facilities offer labs equipped with industry tools and technology, allowing students to gain hands-on experience with equipment used by technicians in the field.

MIAT is excited about joining UTI’s family of schools. Like MIAT, UTI has a strong reputation and industry relationships they’ve worked hard to build.

“On behalf of the entire UTI family, I am excited to officially welcome the MIAT staff, students, faculty and alumni to the team,” says UTI CEO Jerome Grant.

About UTI’s Programs

UTI offers seven core training programs, which include:2

UTI also offers a variety of Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training programs, which are designed to be completed after core Automotive and Diesel programs. Many of these training programs were created with leading manufacturers, allowing you to learn the specifics of a brand’s technology. Tuition for some of these programs is even paid by the manufacturer.3

These programs are currently offered across 13 campuses nationwide,2 and UTI is exploring introducing MIAT programs at select UTI locations.


 How will this affect my training if I’m already a student at MIAT?

This transition will not affect the training or graduation dates for students who are currently enrolled at MIAT. All training will proceed as planned.

What will happen to the MIAT campuses?

There is no plan to close any campuses, and both campuses will remain fully operational.

Where can I learn more about UTI programs?

Information about all training programs can be found on the UTI website. Visit their Programs page and select the training option that interests you to learn about program length, course topics, graduation documents earned and more.

 Can I tour a UTI campus?

UTI’s campuses are scheduling tours daily. This provides an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at training in the lab, meet the staff, and get your questions answered. Visit UTI’s Campus Tours page to learn more.

 What types of careers can UTI’s programs prepare students for?

Like MIAT, graduates of UTI’s programs work in a variety of different fields. UTI’s programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level roles in the industry.1 However, as they gain skills and experience, they have the potential to advance to other positions. Graduates have gone on to become service managers, service writers, welding inspectors and even shop owners.4

Get Trained for a Career

Students are currently able to enroll in UTI and MIAT programs. To learn more about enrolling in MIAT’s programs, visit the programs page. To learn about UTI’s programs, request information.



1UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary. 2Programs available at select locations. UTI Austin campus coming in 2022. 3Manufacturer-paid advanced training programs are conducted by UTI on behalf of manufacturers who determine acceptance criteria and conditions. These programs are not part of UTI’s accreditation. 4UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on personal credentials and economic factors. Work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer and their compensation programs affect wages.  For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.

How Long Does It Take to Become an Aircraft Mechanic?

Working on aircrafts is a lifelong dream for many. Whether you are settling under a light aircraft or helicopter, it can be an exhilarating experience, one that always brings an exciting and welcomed challenge. For problem-solvers and tinkerers who want to work with their hands outside of an office, becoming an aircraft mechanic is a fantastic career path. The best part? You can complete your entire aircraft mechanic training in as little as two years, attending full-time.

If you want to learn how to become an aircraft mechanic, what certifications you’ll need, how to find a job and more, read on. This guide will tell you what you need to know to start your future career as an aircraft mechanic.

How Long Does It Take to Become an Aircraft Mechanic?

You will spend 20 months in training, with full-time enrollment, to become an aircraft mechanic. The entire curriculum of aircraft maintenance is designed to prepare you for day one on the job as well as prepare you for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification. This is the required certification every aircraft mechanic needs to work. It demonstrates your knowledge of aircraft types, technology, and mechanisms as well as your ability to perform maintenance and repairs.

How To Get a Job as an Aircraft Mechanic

While there are some entry-level aviation maintenance jobs available, it can be much more difficult to get hired without some type of formal training. A certification in aviation maintenance demonstrates your ability to safely work on a variety of aircrafts. You become more valuable to prospective employers because they can trust your certification and know you come with the education and experience necessary to do your job well.

When it comes to being an aircraft mechanic, there’s more than just the physical planes to think about. You are responsible for ensuring that every aircraft is safe for crew and passengers. For this reason, you must have completed a course of student from an FAA-certificated trade school or have at least 30 months of experience in airframe and powerplant maintenance to take the FAA certification exam.

Why Choose a Trade School Over 30 Months of Experience?

In an aviation maintenance trade school program, you get to perform all the work actual aircraft mechanics do. When you graduate, you can work as a full-fledged aircraft mechanic and skip the years of apprenticeship. The degree and certification also qualifies for you to work in different fields and more opportunities for advancement.

Benefits of an Aircraft Mechanic Trade School Program

There are numerous benefits to getting your training through a trade school. Aviation maintenance is not just about learning how to make repairs. If you aspire to become an aircraft mechanic, you will learn how to work on many different aircrafts such as personal and commercial airplanes, light aircraft, and helicopters. You will be taught by professional instructors who have years of mechanical aviation experience under their belts.

Through various labs and exercises, you perform hands-on activities that teach the proper techniques, tools, and equipment for aircraft maintenance. You also learn all the safety regulations and codes that must be upheld to protect yourself and anyone who operates or rides in an aircraft.

A Supportive Community of Fellow Aircraft Enthusiasts

By attending a trade school for aviation maintenance, you learn alongside others who share your passion. The group learning environment creates a much more memorable experience, and it also provides an opportunity to make new friends and learn from peers. This program brings together people from all walks of life, so there are many new perspectives to discover and learn from.

Instructors also come from a variety of backgrounds, which grants you first-hand access to inside knowledge about aircrafts and aviation maintenance. You will be able to work one-on-one with instructors to learn how to make repairs and ask any questions you have about the field.

Career Services

A trade school is invested in its students; rather than simply offering a curriculum, the school emphasizes its ultimate purpose of helping people build their futures through a meaningful career. For this reason, you will gain access to career services and support that include resume building, interview prep and job placement assistance.

Finding work after graduation can make anyone anxious, but you will never have to face the future alone. Toward the end of training, you will receive education in the field, including how to find a job and interview preparation.

Where Does an Aircraft Mechanic Work?

Aircraft mechanics work in any industry that relies on aviation. Some work for civilian airlines, others work for shipping companies. Tactical aircraft maintenance specialists are experts in the Air Force who inspect and maintain military aircraft; they work on fighter, strike and attack planes and are a vital part of the armed forces. Whether you choose a civilian or military post, you will be ensuring a safe ride for everyone that rides in aircraft.

Final Thoughts

You can choose your path to align with your ambitions and interests; but every career in aviation maintenance should begin by applying to a trade school and learning the fundamentals from a team of skilled professionals. Start the journey today and start working as an aircraft mechanic tomorrow.

Ready to learn more about getting a degree to become an aircraft mechanic? The Aviation Maintenance Technician Program from MIAT College of Technology provides the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to pursue a rewarding technical career. At MIAT College of Technology, our aviation maintenance training focuses on teaching you the advanced precision skills necessary to become FAA Certificated Airframe and Powerplant Technicians. With the strong foundations that we provide, you will be prepared to start your exciting career immediately after graduation.

To learn more about the Aviation Maintenance Technician Program and to explore if MIAT is right for you, fill out the form on this page. Contact us if you are interested in becoming an aircraft mechanic today.

Exciting Times for MIAT Houston Campus: Supporting Great People, Great Programs, Great Causes!

By John Willis, MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus President

It is hard to believe that we have less than 90 days remaining in 2021.  This Summer and Fall  have been especially exciting and productive for faculty, staff, students, and recent graduates of our Houston Campus – and we plan to finish the year on a high note. In fact, we are anticipating that student enrollment by year-end will be the highest in our 10-year history, with almost 800 active students.

Over the last few months, we have been hosting graduation ceremonies, enrolling a record number of students, expanding our program offerings,  winning awards, and supporting several great causes —  some of which are The  Wounded Warrior Project,  Women in Aviation, International’s Girls in Aviation Day, and American Cancer Society’s Real Mean Wear Pink Campaign.

Here are just a few MIAT highlights that I am honored to share with you:

Earlier this year, our Houston campus added a brand-new academic program in  Robotics and Automation.  Zaid Alsayes joined MIAT to serve as the Robotics and Automation Program coordinator, and David Coon is serving as an R&A instructor.  Zaid and David welcomed our first 10 R&A students a few months ago and are looking forward to adding many more before the New Year.The Robotics and Automation Technician Diploma Program can be completed in as little as 12 months, and the Robotics and Automation Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree Program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

Read more about the Robotics and Automation program here.

During the summer, our “Climb Above the Cubicle” commercial campaign earned a 2021 Gold Telly Award. The video promoted MIAT’s Wind Power Technician Program and the exciting career opportunities it offers.  The video was an effective tool for recruiting, marketing, and promotional purposes. Special thanks to Sehban Zaidi of Mnemonic Agency and Aaron Long of Longstation for their creative talent that led to the production of this powerful, award-winning video.

2021 Telly Award News Release and Video

MIAT’s Houston campus celebrated our Summer Graduation ceremony on August 30, with approximately 300 family and friends attending to show their support. My remarks focused  on resilience and how proud I am of our 2021 graduates for persevering to reach their goals despite the pandemic. Jessica Garcia, a licensed Southwest Airlines pilot and co-president of the Houston Chapter of Women in Aviation, International, delivered an inspiring keynote speech. Jessica encouraged our graduates to “fall madly in love” with their career, to believe that the sky holds no limits, and to never stop believing in the power of their dreams.

For a link to the video from our August 30 graduation ceremony, please visit this link.

Corresponding with the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, our Houston and Detroit campuses rallied to raise $2,600 through patriotic T-shirt sales for The Wounded Warrior Project. Check out the news release that we issued in early September. Veterans are an important part of our campus community. This year’s T-shirt fundraiser for The Wounded Warrior Project is just one example of how MIAT honors our nation’s military and their service to our country.

MIAT-Wounded Warrior Project News Release

Summer Marshall and Sarah Hussing, aviation maintenance program instructors, led a team of student volunteers in supporting the Girls in Aviation Day Houston event at Lone Star Flight Museum on September 25.  MIAT has been a sponsor of this event for four consecutive years and is committed to tearing down gender stereotypes in the skilled trades. Less than 8 percent of all licensed pilots are women, and less than 3 percent of all licensed aviation mechanics are women Girls aged 10 to 17 and their family members learned about the many aviation career opportunities available to women. Summer also served as a panelist, offering her insights and perspectives about her journey to becoming an FAA-certified aviation mechanic. The event was covered by KPRC TV (includes an interview with Summer), KHOU TV, and other media outlets.

MIAT-Girls in Aviation Day News Release

During the month of October, I am committed to raising awareness and funds to be used  for cancer research and treatment by being  part of the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign. This is my third year to do so and last year, thanks to the generosity of many, we raised over $5,000.  My goal this year is to raise $7,500 to support the crusade for breast cancer research and treatment. Some of you may know that I had a personal experience with skin cancer. Several family members of mine – most likely many of yours as well —  have battled this disease and passed away much too young.

For the third consecutive year, we have designed a commemorative T-shirt that is available for purchase. One hundred percent of all proceeds from the sale of these shirts will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  Prices vary based on sizes. Even before the campaign officially started on Oct. 1, we had generated sales approaching $1,000!

To place an order online, please visit: https://miat.edu/product/real-mechanics-wear-pink-t-shirt/

As we move toward 2022, the final three months of this year are sure to deliver equally exciting news.  As always, I am thankful to everyone past and present for making MIAT College of Technology a superior career and technical education provider that impacts our students and their family members in a meaningful and memorable way not only now, but also for generations to come.


I invite your comments and suggestions any time via email at JWillis@miat.edu.

What Do You Learn During an HVAC Technician Program?

Interested in becoming an HVAC technician but want to know more about the curriculum of an HVAC diploma program? One of the best ways to prepare for a career as an HVAC technician is to complete an HVACR Technician program at MIAT College of Technology. We are ready to prepare you with an HVACR technician program that can be completed in as little as 9 months, attending full-time. So, what do you learn during an HVAC technician program?

What Do You Learn During an HVAC Technician Program?

There are many subjects covered throughout the duration of an HVAC program. Each one builds upon the next, and you’ll gain a variety of skills throughout each course that prepares you to apply what you’ve learned on the job.

Schematics Use and Interpretation

HVAC schematics tell technicians how a system works, what parts they contain, where they are located, and what they are used for. Interpreting schematics is vital to understanding how a system operates from a visual perspective. The schematic framework of an HVAC system offers a diagram of an entire unit’s structure, which can be helpful for both installation jobs and diagnostics.

Tool Introduction and Application

What tools do HVAC technicians use? You will learn about all the various types of tools and equipment real HVAC technicians work with on a daily basis. Beyond wrenches and screwdrivers, you will come to understand how to distinguish the best tool for every job. There are many ways to apply a single tool to HVAC repair, but knowing the best one can make all the difference. MIAT gives its HVACR students their own kit with commonly-used HVAC tools and gauges to help prepare them for their HVAC careers.

Piping and Fitting Basics

Piping delivers water, air, and refrigerant throughout various parts of an HVAC system. Fitting pipes to systems of different scales requires a comprehensive understanding of the various interactive components. The efficiency of an HVAC system is influenced by the materials used to make it, so an HVAC technician must know how to make the right decisions for each client.

Sheet Metal and Fiberglass Ductwork

Ducts are responsible for pushing hot and cool air in and out of a system. Ducts and vents draw hot and cool air out of a room and move it outside through exhaust vents. Sheet metal and fiberglass are two of the most common materials used to construct ducts, and each one has its pros and cons. Through your education, you will learn how to install and maintain both types of duct materials. You will also learn how their makeup influences a system’s performance.

Air Handling and Hydronics

Air handling is the process of circulating and ventilating air throughout an air conditioning system. Hydronic air handling uses liquid to transfer heat and coolness through a unit. You will learn how the process works from a scientific standpoint and how to work with different models of air handling in a variety of HVAC systems.

AC and DC Circuits and Components

Electrical theory explains how alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) electricity works. In HVAC, AC and DC circuits create a charge and power the unit as well as its components. You will learn the difference between AC and DC currents, how they are used in HVAC, and how to work with various electrical parts.

Heating Fundamentals

An introduction to heating fundamentals will teach you how a heating system works. You will learn all about central heating, which is the primary form of heating in a central HVAC system. You will also learn how to diagnose and repair various types of heating problems customers are likely to experience.

Vent System Selection and Installation

Vent systems must be carefully chosen to ensure they are able to properly function in any given space. Choosing the wrong vent size or material can result in poor performance or breakdowns. A skilled HVAC technician knows how to analyze and assess an area, calculate its load requirements, and recommend the right system for someone who wants to install HVAC in their home.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning processes, functionalities, and repairs are explored in-depth throughout this course. You learn how air conditioning works, what parts of the HVAC are responsible for cooling air, and how to make repairs on real systems.


Refrigeration is part of the HVACR program, but it is also a component of standard HVAC as well. A liquid chemical compound called a refrigerant is used in HVAC systems to cool air using condensers and evaporator coils. You will also learn how various types of refrigeration units work and how to safely handle refrigerant materials in compliance with Environmental Protection Act (EPA) regulations.

Mechanical and Electronic Controls Troubleshooting

There are many things that can cause an HVAC system to malfunction, and it will be your job to diagnosis and identify problems. An HVAC technician must know how to properly assess a system’s performance, pinpoint the source of an issue, and develop effective solutions. You will learn how to perform HVAC troubleshooting procedures with different types of tools to quickly and efficiently identify issues your clients face.

Load Calculations

HVAC load calculations use mathematical formulas to determine the capacity of a system and its ability to heat and cool a room. Load calculations factor in elements like square footage, windows, sunlight, climate region, and household occupants to determine how many BTUs (British thermal units) a home needs. This helps you select the right type of system for a space given its size.

Inspection and Documentation

HVAC inspections audit equipment to ensure it is operating properly and that it is repaired and maintained according to local regulations. Annual inspections provide insight into potential problems and guide the maintenance procedures in commercial and residential properties. Proper documentation protects HVAC technicians and companies against liability claims and provides accurate records on all the work a professional does. Documentation also provides the structure for contracted work and helps define the scope of a project before it starts.

Customer Relations

Customer loyalty is integral to long-term success for any HVAC business. Knowing how to communicate with clients and increase customer satisfaction is an essential job skill for any technician. As part of your HVAC education, you will learn the importance of building professional relationships with your clients and how to communicate effectively with them. This includes asking the right questions to learn about a problem, giving HVAC quotes, providing support, and offering high-quality service in a polite, non-disruptive manner.

Does a career as a HVACR Technician interest you? The HVACR Technician Program at MIAT is 9 months in length for full time students, assuming no interruption in training, and is offered at both the Michigan and Texas campuses. The training allows students to focus on their chosen field, graduating faster than it takes to earn a traditional 2 or 4-year college degree or complete a 3 to 5-year apprenticeship.

To learn more about the HVACR Program and to explore if MIAT is right for you, fill out the form on this page. Contact us if you are interested in becoming an HVAC technician today.


How Long Is NDT Technician Training?

In a variety of industries, routine inspections are mandatory to protect human lives and prevent equipment breakdowns and malfunctions. To perform these inspections, technicians use non-destructive testing. Non-destructive testing (NDT) is an array of analysis techniques designed to assist and guide non-destructive inspection processes. NDT technicians range from Level I through III and work in fields such as aviation, aerospace, oil & gas, transportation, manufacturing, and nuclear management.

As a versatile skill set, NDT technicians can either choose to specialize in NDT, get NDT certification to further their existing careers or cross-train with another field to build their dream job. With so many disciplines and the opportunity to continually learn on the job, NDT is a great field for anyone who is interested in the intersection of science, physics, and engineering.

What Does an NDT Technician Do?

The responsibilities of an NDT technician differ depending on where they work, what field they work in and their NDT certification level. As a Level I technician, which is entry-level, you will be responsible for using various non-destructive testing techniques to perform standard NDT tests and calibrations.

Most Level I NDT technicians are assigned to perform one task, and they can evolve their skill set and acquire further opportunity by gaining experience and earning additional qualifications.

Some of the responsibilities an NDT technician may perform are:

  • Prep and assemble various NDT testing equipment at job sites according to regulatory standards and codes.
  • Perform NDT inspection tests through gamma radiation, x-ray radiography, ultrasound technology, liquid penetrant and more.
  • Calibrate and operate different types of NDT equipment for different materials.
  • Identify and report defects in any materials or hardware to appropriate parties to ensure swift intervention.
  • Work with and assist senior technicians on various tasks and learn under their leadership.

As you gain more experience, and if you decide to pursue level II and III NDT certification, you could become a senior NDT technician. These professionals are the most skilled in their field, often specializing in a particular industry and highly trained to detect serious defects and potential threats. High-level positions include more managerial tasks as you will likely supervise a team of NDT technicians, assign job duties, and oversee other inspections.

Why Does Someone Become an NDT Technician?

Someone with a strong interest in science and engineering will be drawn to NDT testing because of its marriage of the two. The diversity of the field also draws many students who are excited about the opportunity to apply their skills in a variety of ways. This diversity also grants them greater control over their job prospects; with a good attention to detail, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, a qualified NDT-certified technician can work in many different fields.

If you are interested in physics, enjoy working in technology and are passionate about analysis, data, and real results-driven solutions, working as an NDT technician could be your ideal career.

How Long Is NDT Technician Training?

If you attend an NDT training program full-time, you can earn your NDT diploma in seven to nine months. This is a big commitment, but there are also flexible schedule options available for working students or those with other commitments.

What Are the Different Types of NDT Techniques?

Different types of NDT techniques are used throughout multiple industries to assess pipes, welding, and hardware. While you may find yourself working with a small group of testing procedures in your job, there are six major branches of NDT testing techniques to be aware of.

Visual NDT

An NDT technician uses their eyes to assess material and analyze the infrastructure of an object. They make sure all the necessary visible components are present and intact as well as identify any potential defects or warning signs.

Sometimes, remote visual inspection (RVI) may be done with a drone, robot or inspection camera guided by a controller.

Dye Penetrant NDT

Using dyes, an NDT technician can test material for breakages by applying a layer of visible or fluorescent dyes to its surface. When the dye is removed, any remaining liquid will highlight defects and bring the NDT technician’s attention to areas that need repair. Dye penetrant testing is also called liquid penetrant inspection (LPI). It is commonly used to help NDT technicians identify surface or infrastructure damages such as cracks, breaks and faulty lines.

Eddy Current NDT

An eddy current is a loop of electrical currents produced by a charged magnetic field. NDT technicians use electromagnetic induction to identify flaws and determine coating and material thickness.

Magnetic Particle NDT

Magnetic particle testing (MPT) helps an NDT technician discover flaws in metal-based materials. Iron, cobalt, and nickel, as well as some of their respective alloys, are used to construct everything from aircrafts to major gas lines. Magnetic particle examination allows an NDT technician to detect issues with the surface of metal-based objects through magnetization.

Ultrasound NDT

Ultrasonic NDT relies on pulses of high-frequency sound waves to measure thickness or identify hidden defects. Ultrasonic sounds are inaudible to the human ear, but they can be read and analyzed using a transducer and diagnostic machine.

Ultrasonic NDT can be done through a process of reflection or attenuation. Reflective ultrasounds send vibrations through a material to measure the intensity of its reverberation, or echo; attenuation, also known as through-transmission, sends ultrasonic waves through a material or object and draws conclusions based on the amount of sound received on the end.

Radiography NDT

Just as medical professionals use X-rays, MRIs, and CAT scans to look inside a patient’s body, NDT technicians use radiography to inspect the interior of pipes and other objects. Radiographic non-destructive testing helps an NDT technician identify imperfections or damages through gamma radiation or X-rays.

Radiographic NDT is beneficial because it allows NDT technicians to inspect fully assembled components without taking them apart. They can also examine individual components or internal structures that would otherwise require partial or full deconstruction.

Where Can Someone Work with an NDT Technician Diploma?

While individual work environments vary, the major fields for NDT technicians include aviation, defense, construction, oil & gas, automotive, and mechanical. Many NDT technicians also find themselves working for testing labs in warehouse-like environments. NDT training allows you to find work in a field you are passionate about, then grow and evolve your position with additional certification. Learn more about the NDT technician diploma program at MIAT today.

Non-Destructive Testing Technician Diploma Program

The Non-Destructive Testing Technician diploma programs from MIAT College of Technology provide the hands-on training, practical experience, and industry support it takes to pursue a rewarding technical career. Non-Destructive Testing Technician (NDT) Diploma classes are interactive and led by dedicated school instructors with years of experience working in a professional setting. You’ll get one-on-one attention and personal support to pick up new skills quickly and first-hand technical knowledge to feel confident entering the workforce.


To learn more about Non-Destructive Testing Technician Program and to explore if MIAT is right for you, fill out the form on this page. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a non-destructive testing technician today.

Will Welding Jobs Ever Become Obsolete?

Welding is a craft that dates back to the early 1800s. The boom of hardware and technology evolved the traditional blacksmithing profession into welding, which became the new standard thanks to the Industrial Revolution. Such a job might seem outdated in our modern world, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Welding will continue to be in demand and filled with dynamic and exciting career opportunities. You can take a welding certificate or diploma program right out of high school or transition into the field from your current job. Completing a welding training program at a trade school will give you the skills and education you need to begin working in the industry.

Will Welding Jobs Ever Become Obsolete?

When prospective students hesitate about becoming welding operators, they often voice a fear over the rise of automation technology. While it is true that some jobs that could only be performed by a human are now overtaken by automation and robots, welding will not become obsolete by any means. Welding is a complex craft that has unique challenges that technology can’t solve on its own. Professional welders will still be needed to perform tasks that robots cannot.

Why Companies Will Still Need Welders in the Future

There are potential savings by using robots, but companies can only get so much out of replacing their staff with machines. First, robots can’t ever completely replace human intuition and true skill. There are many welding jobs needed in places that robots can’t easily access. Despite the savings a company may gain, the cost to purchase and maintain a robot is still extremely high.

Automation bots are also designed to perform limited tasks. However, most can still only master one job. Humans, on the other hand, can learn to perform different types of welding, such as:

  • Arc welding.
  • Shield Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (MIG-GMAW).
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG-GTAW).
  • Stick welding.
  • Flux-cored welding.

Welding is a profession with a wide range of applications and talents. Most automation robots are built to do highly repetitive tasks. This means people with jobs like factory work are more likely to lose their positions than a welder. Someone with the skill, knowledge, and experience to weld in different fields and create different products is a valuable asset that companies will not get rid of in the near future.

What Industries Still Need Qualified Welders Today?

Many people think welding is limited to warehouses or work yards, but there are many different fields that hire welders. Graduates from our welding program go on to pursue careers in service, manufacturing, construction, commissioning, and sales. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 63 percent of welders in 2020 worked in manufacturing, followed specialty contractors, self-employed workers, and repair and maintenance welders.

How to Become a Welder

Interested in becoming a welder and preparing for a new career? You can start your path toward a job in welding as soon as you graduate high school, or anytime throughout your current career. In our welding program, you gain the hands-on training and education you need to find welding jobs in Michigan and Texas. Instructors with years of work experience host certificate and diploma programs designed to teach you the greatest techniques and technical knowledge that will help you thrive in the workforce. These instructors offer one-on-one attention and are available to coach you through the welding process. You will also learn alongside classmates that may become colleagues one day.

Our welding certificate and diploma programs allow students with no prior welding experience to become qualified professionals in as little as 9 months. Classrooms simulate real work environments using the same equipment that you will encounter in your professional life. One-on-one support and guidance can walk you through the major skills of a welder, which include:

  • Various tools and equipment.
  • Metal arc welding.
  • Welding drawing, symbols, and metal characteristics.
  • Pipe welding.
  • Soldering.
  • Fitting & fabrication.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know welding jobs are not going to become obsolete in the next few decades, it is time to learn more about MIAT College of Technology. You can work in an environment that keeps you using your mind, while following your passion to become qualified for work in less than 9 months, attending full-time. A job in welding is active, engaging and fun, so learn more about becoming a welder today.

Want to learn more about the welding programs at MIAT? The Welding Certificate Program and Welding Diploma Program from MIAT College of Technology provides the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to pursue a rewarding technical career in Michigan.

Welding Certificate Program

Getting welding training is a great investment in your future and opens doors to a career in a variety of Michigan industries. As a successful graduate of MIAT College of Technology’s welding certificate training program, you will be fully prepared for an entry-level career in many different settings including manufacturing, construction, commissioning, services, and sales.

Welding Diploma Program

MIAT College of Technology trains welding training program students in the latest trends and practices they need to be successful in their future careers in Houston, TX. By earning your Advanced Welding Diploma, you open the door to more competitive advantages upon graduation and throughout your welding career.

To learn more about the Welding Programs and to explore if MIAT is right for you, fill out the form on this page. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a wind turbine technician today.



How to Become a Robotics and Automation Technician

Few things still sound as futuristic today as a robot. Even in our hyper-connected society, technology is still human-centric. People may even be skeptical about robots working seamlessly alongside us, performing tasks that were once thought only capable to be performed by humans.

What if you could have a career working hands-on with robotic technology every day? Modern robotic technology makes life easier and automates processes that improve human productivity and minimize errors. As a robotics and automation technician, you would learn how to program robots to perform desired tasks, how to troubleshoot problems, make repairs and have fun interacting with one of the most emerging technological fields.

If you are someone who loves to work with their hands, stay active on the job and are fascinated by the reaches of technology, a robotics and automation degree program could be the perfect next move in your career.

What Is Robotics and Automation?

Robotics and automation are a diverse field, and though people tend to use both terms inter-changeably, they have distinct differences. Robotics is the process of developing, constructing, programming and maintaining robots to perform specific tasks. Each robot has a function when it is built. Automation is the process of using machines to perform tasks that were traditionally performed by humans.

Combined, robotics and automation form the field of using robots to perform tasks in workplaces that make humans’ jobs easier. There are two main types of automation: IA and RPA. IA stands for industrial automation, and it involves using robots to perform physical tasks. RPA stands for robotic process automation, and it involves programming to perform technological processes such as testing, processing and control systems.

A robotics and automation technician can wear many hats and perform a variety of tasks in both IA and RPA. One of the benefits of this job is the ability to pursue your personal interests and develop a specialization. Whether it’s electro-mechanical engineering or software programming, you will be exposed to a variety of skill sets through your training that you can continue to develop on the job.

Why Is Robotics and Automation Being Used More Often?

The increased use of technology has made it more affordable to produce and accessible to companies. This has led to the widespread adoption of robotics across all domains, including medicine, customer service and manufacturing. The use of artificial intelligence, which becomes smarter and more capable each year, allows machines to learn as they work. This improves their performance and output, making them even more valuable.

Robots can also perform tasks 24/7, which results in higher output and greater savings for companies. Many people have voiced concerns over this fact, fearful that robotic automation will result in significant job loss in the coming decades. In some fields, this is true, but there will always be a need for robotics and automation technicians to operate and maintain machinery and systems.

What Does a Robotics and Automation Technology Technician Do?

Robotics and automation technicians conduct performance assessments, interpret data and blueprints, perform repairs, and write reports. They often work on robots’ electrical systems to perform maintenance, make improvements or replace old or damaged parts. They also work hands-on with mechanical systems, integrated controls, hydraulics and logic systems to ensure every robot is performing at its best.

Communication is another large part of a robotics and automation technician’s job. The robots they work with impact an operation on many levels, and the technicians often have to ask questions and give feedback to other professionals. This means writing reports, making and maintaining spreadsheets and giving presentations are a routine part of their job.

Where Does a Robots and Automation Technology Technician Work?

The work environment varies greatly for a certified robotics and automation technology professional. You can align your skills and education with a field of interest including manufacturing, automotive, retail or healthcare. Your chosen field could have you working in an office setting, in a warehouse or in a factory. The freedom to have a say in where you work and what your schedule looks like makes this career largely appealing for those who consider themselves independent professionals.

There is also a tremendous amount of on-the-job learning and growth opportunities. You will need to be up to date with the current trends and future of emergent technologies. This often results in trips overseas or to conferences to witness new robotics. You get to work alongside professionals who love robots and engineering as much as you, and there will always be something to learn from those around you.

What Are the Benefits of Getting a Degree in Robotics and Automation?

Through a degree or certification program, you gain hands-on experience with robotics and automation machines, learn programming and build a solid foundation to find work and launch your career. Becoming a specialist in robotics and automation starts with mastering the fundamentals of this rapidly evolving and ever-expanding field.

Training is highly interactive from day one, and you will be encouraged to work alongside your peers to ask questions, solve problems and build confidence along with your skills.

Some of the courses you can expect to take are:

  • Introduction to Electrical Theory
  • Electrical Design and Troubleshooting
  • Applied and Theoretical Physics and Mathematics
  • DC & AC Electrical Theory and Systems
  • C and C++ Programming
  • Drafting, Imaging and Functional Systems Design
  • 3D Printing and Industrial Robotics Concepts and Processing

A degree or certification program prepares you for entry-level work as a robotics and automation technician in a variety of locations and industries. The crossover can be excellent for someone who has a particular field in mind and wants to become qualified to work in their favorite niche or environment.

Final Thoughts

Throughout training, you will learn a wide range of subjects that prepare you for many potential career titles. You could go on to become a technician in research & development, electro-mechanical work, industrial automation, robotics and engineering, field service and many other fields. So, take the first step into the future and learn more about becoming a robotics and automation technician today. 

Does a career as a robotics and automation technician interest you? MIAT College of Technology is here to provide you with knowledge and training that will propel you into the growing field of Robotics and Automation Technology. As a successful graduate of one of MIAT College of Technology’s electromechanical training programs, you will be fully prepared for an entry-level career in many different settings. Graduates pursue positions in service, manufacturing, construction, commissioning and sales.

To learn more about the Robotics and Automation Technology Program and to explore if MIAT is right for you, fill out the form on this page. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a robotics and automation technician today.

How Long Does It Take to Become a Wind Turbine Technician?

Wind turbines are at the forefront of America’s energy improvement. Wind energy is highly accessible and one of the most rapidly growing forms of energy conservation technology used today. Wind turbine technicians, also called wind techs, are the professionals who maintain these massive structures. With an expected job growth rate of 61 percent from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s a great consideration for anyone looking for a fast-growing, stable career path.

Whether you’re just starting out in the workforce or looking for a major career change, you can become a wind turbine technician with a non-graduate degree earned through an accredited trade school. In under a year, you can become qualified for entry-level wind tech jobs and start earning.

How Long Does It Take to Become a Wind Turbine Technician?

You can complete a full-time wind turbine technician program in as little as 7 months while attending full-time. You do not need any prior educational or work experience, but you must be at least 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or GED. Full-time studies can be demanding, but this approach prepares you for work in as little as 7 months. With so much to learn in such a short period, you will build a specialized knowledge base and valuable skill set that makes you a strong candidate for wind turbine jobs near you.

Why Are Wind Turbine Technicians in Demand?

There are several reasons why wind turbine technician job growth is increasing at such a rapid pace. First is the increase in renewable energy usage. People continually are pushing to live greener, and environmentally-conscious efforts are being made at local, state, and federal levels to reduce fossil fuel consumption, lower carbon emissions, reduce air pollution, and slow the effects of climate change. As alternative energy becomes more affordable, technology will expand, creating greater opportunity for professionals.

Political policies, wind energy tax credits, and government mandates are pushing wind-powered systems into more locations. With so many turbines being build and installed, there is a strong demand for qualified, intelligent wind turbine technicians to maintain them.

What Do You Learn During a Wind Turbine Technician Program?

Wind turbine technician training programs are broken into several categories. These subjects build upon themselves and include a variety of classroom instruction from industry professionals and hands-on skills training exercises.

You will be introduced to the most important tools and professional skills. Then, you’ll move on to learning about subjects like precision measuring and rigging as well as materials, processes, and welding. Further instruction will teach you about DC and AC electrical theory, wind operation, and renewable energy resources.

A variety of exercises will help you learn the various parts of wind turbines and their mechanics, including hydraulics and gears. Learning how each part works both individually and together as part of a whole system is vital to becoming the best wind turbine technician you can. When diagnosing jobs or doing a repair, you will need to draw from your training to make the right call. This requires a proper approach for a repair that includes isolating the target area, monitoring its performance, choosing the right tools, and using the right techniques to ensure the repair is efficient, durable, and thorough.

What Does a Wind Turbine Technician Do?

Wind turbine technicians make repairs and ensure that turbines are always operating at their optimal potential. Performance monitoring through remote systems as well as routine on-site inspections keep wind energy flowing.

There are three major parts of a wind turbine to know: the tower, three blades and a collection of gears, and a generator and gearbox called a nacelle. You will learn how all these parts work and make repairs to components on different job sites as needed.

Some of the typical job responsibilities of a wind turbine technician are:

  • Conduct exterior inspections of turbines to ensure they are structurally sound and physically maintained.
  • Climb turbine towers to make closer inspections and repair damaged or faulty equipment.
  • Perform routine preventative maintenance.
  • Monitor and repair wind turbine hydraulics and gears.
  • Make mechanical and electrical repairs to various components of the wind turbine.
  • Collect and compile wind turbine data to draw insights and generate useful reports.
  • Work with a variety of systems such as underground transmission systems and fiber optic control systems.

Turbines can be monitored remotely from an office with 24-hour data surveillance taking place, so wind turbine technicians can immediately respond to any type of emergency. Maintenance occurs at different times depending on the site and scale of the wind turbine system, but maintenance occurs at least once annually and sometimes up to three times per year.

Wind turbine technicians typically work outdoors because they climb to repair towers and make repairs on nacelles. They typically work in pairs, so you will have a partner who travels with you to various job sites.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know how long it takes to become a wind turbine technician, all you must do to start your career path is apply to a trade school with a wind turbine training program. Once you’re enrolled, you can begin studying and be on your way toward working in the field within 7 months. Trade schools offer more than just education, they are committed to helping students like you find gainful employment in their fields, going above and beyond to help you feel confident about interviewing and even helping you locate potential jobs. Become part of this growing industry today and start earning tomorrow. 

Does a career as a wind turbine technician interest you? Want to have the power of an entire nation at your fingertips? The Wind Turbine Technician Program from MIAT College of Technology provide the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to pursue a rewarding technical career in just 7 months. Wind turbine technicians must inspect and service a turbine’s blades on a regular basis. This is done by entering the turbine through the base of the tower and climbing a ladder or riding an elevator up through the tower shaft. Depending on the task at hand, technicians may be suspended hundreds of feet in the air! When needed, it’s not uncommon for helicopters to raise wind turbine technicians up to the desired working height. 

To learn more about the Wind Turbine Technician Program and to explore if MIAT is right for you, fill out the form on this page. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a wind turbine technician today.

Thankful to Students, Faculty, Staff, and Many Other Supporters For Contributing to The Houston Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO Selection


By John Willis, MIAT  College of Technology Houston Campus President

Early last week, I received some news that truly left me speechless and humbled: I learned that I was selected by The Houston Business Journal and its panel of judges as a “Most Admired CEO.”  I was nominated by Laura Pennino for the 2021 Most Admired CEOs of the greater Houston area.  Some of you know Laura. She serves as our Public Relations consultant for the Houston campus, and she is one of MIAT’s biggest supporters.

I write this blog not to brag, but instead to express my deep appreciation to every person and group of people who have contributed to helping me to secure this most humbling designation. I truly believe these types of awards are not due to individual merits, but more so a reflection of an organization and the people who are part of it.  I am especially thankful to three very busy people who wrote letters of recommendation on my behalf —  MIAT’s board chair Victor Maruri, Managing Partner of HCP & Company; Titus Hubbard, MIAT Houston campus Director of Education;  and Leisa Holland-Nelson, vice president and chief marketing officer of ASTOUNDZ who also is the past chair of the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign I could not have asked for three more genuine letters of recommendation. (more…)

Is an Aircraft Mechanic a Good Job?

Considering becoming an aircraft mechanic? A fascination with aircrafts and love of intricate problem-solving could put you on the path toward becoming a certified aircraft mechanic. Since the first airplane was invented in 1903, people have been amazed by the incredible feat of machinery and engineering. In the last century, planes have become some of the most complex and powerful forms of transportation available.

There are many careers in aviation beyond piloting, and an aircraft mechanic is one that is perfect for the mechanically-minded. Also known as aircraft maintenance technicians or aviation mechanics, an aircraft mechanic knows all the inner workings of various types of aircrafts. Their career is dedicated to ensuring engines and other components are working properly for safe air travel.

Why Does Someone Become an Aircraft Mechanic?

A passion for airplanes and air travel inspires some to begin exploring how to fix aircraft as a career. This passion can be realized by taking an aviation maintenance technician program. During this program, you’ll learn not only how to repair and maintain large planes but helicopters and light aircraft as well. Rather than sitting in the cockpit, you can work hands-on with an aircraft’s technology, systems, and individual parts. Learning how they all work together and how to repair aircraft is a lofty ambition, but it provides a fun and rewarding challenge if you love solving problems.

If you’ve always considered yourself a bit of a handy person who loves DIY projects and fixing things, then becoming an aircraft mechanic could be the perfect way to merge your love of all things aircraft with a fulfilling career.

Is Aircraft Mechanic a Good Job?

Becoming an aircraft mechanic or aviation maintenance technician offers plenty of advantages that make it a rewarding job. For starters, you will stay active all day long. Also, most of the work takes place in the field, so you won’t be stuck behind a desk or typing on a keyboard for 40 hours a week.

Instead, you’ll be working on-the-job with like-minded individuals who share your passion, that help you grow professionally. You’ll find support from your coworkers as well as gain valuable knowledge from the supervisors and head mechanics who have been working on aircraft for decades.

You’ll always continue to learn something new everyday thanks to the continual evolution and improvement of aviation technology. In addition to new parts and models, you’ll also first to see new innovations and work with them directly. Your job tasks will range from conducting pre- and post-flight inspections to making repairs and performing routine maintenance on a variety of aircraft. You will work every day knowing that your skills, knowledge, and presence are fundamental to hundreds of people’s safety.

What Hard Skills Are Important for an Aircraft Mechanic to Learn?

Like any job, aircraft mechanics and aviation maintenance technicians need both hard and soft skills to succeed in their careers. Hard skills are considered the bulk of the career’s requirements; they are based on technical knowledge and techniques required to get the job done each day.

For starters, the most important education will center around flight dynamics such as lift, thrust, drag, and weight. These principals will deepen your understanding of how different parts of an aircraft operate and how physics affect their functionality. They learn about airframe and aircraft mechanics including assembly and maintenance, rigging, fuel systems, landing gear systems, hydraulics, pneumatics, and navigation instruments

You’ll also learn about the inner workings of various fuel systems, cabin atmosphere, oxygen systems, de-icing systems, and electrical systems positioning. Everyday a combined knowledge and related skill set from these areas will help you perform your job. Whether you work exclusively with private planes and helicopters or work on jumbo jets at an airport, these hard skills will be essential to performing your daily tasks safely and efficiently.

Further, you’ll need skills including general aviation mechanical troubleshooting and sheet metal fabrication. In addition to repairs, you’ll also be responsible for the maintenance and inspection of flights. Knowing how everything should operate always grants you the ability to identify potential problems and correct them before they cause trouble.

Soft Skills for an Aircraft Mechanic

Mechanical work isn’t solely about technical skill; there are numerous soft skills and characteristics you’ll also have to develop to succeed. For starters, you’ll will develop strong organization skills. Detail is everything to a mechanic; you must know where every single rivet belongs and easily identify when a single wire is out of place.

You will also have to be a good communicator, which involves knowing how to express your thoughts, ideas, and findings clearly and accurately. This includes not only verbal communication but written reports as well. There is some paperwork involved in the job, and you’ll be responsible for maintaining documentation and writing reports about your work.

A keen eye for detail and ability to concentrate for long periods is also required. Aviation repairs must be precise down to every rivet; sharpening your focus and working on improving your attention span through various brain-training activities can prepare you for the job.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know becoming an aircraft mechanic is a good job, it is time to learn more about the aviation maintenance technician program at MIAT. This program will prepare you for the FAA certification, making you a certified aircraft mechanic. With this knowledge and these skills, you can work on a variety of aircraft and keep those flying safe in the process. Take the time to learn about aviation maintenance and start a rewarding career as an aircraft mechanic.

Ready to learn more about getting a degree to become an aircraft mechanic? The Aviation Maintenance Technician Program from MIAT College of Technology provides the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to pursue a rewarding technical career. At MIAT College of Technology, our aviation maintenance training focuses on teaching you the advanced precision skills necessary to become FAA Certificated Airframe and Powerplant Technicians. With the strong foundations that we provide, you will be prepared to start your exciting career immediately after graduation.

To learn more about the Aviation Maintenance Technician Program and to explore if MIAT is right for you, fill out the form on this page. Contact us if you are interested in becoming an aircraft mechanic today.