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Aviation Mechanics are Needed in this Time of Crisis

During times of crisis or the grounding of planes, many think that aviation mechanics would not be in demand. Actually, the opposite is true. As many airlines park planes, the aviation mechanic is still widely used to service the planes as they are grounded. Aviation mechanics are also needed to service all of the planes, helicopters and light aircraft that the government agencies, police, emergency rescue, military and private jet companies are still using amid this crisis. Aviation mechanics are still in high demand, even during this crisis.


How Do I Get Started in HVACR?

Interested in learning more about how to get started in HVACR? During an HVACR program, you will learn all about HVACR systems. This program will also prepare you to get certification in the field. This certification will help you get started in a rewarding career offering HVACR services to both residential and commercial spaces. Be a part of the revolution, striving to help heat and cool the citizens of the planet in an energy efficient way.


Our Students, Faculty and Staff Are Houston Strong – Now and Always!

By John Willis, MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus President

To everyone reading this installment of my blog, I want to thank you for your patience and perseverance as all of us do our best to navigate the daily changes and challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic sends our way. I know that the temporary closure of our campuses in March and April is not one that any of us expected. Despite the uncertainty and disruption, we are experiencing, we are Houston Strong – better and stronger together.

A crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity for growth and change – for every one of us.

The health and wellbeing of our faculty, staff and students will always be the highest priority of MIAT campus presidents and board members. As stay at home orders have recently been lifted, we are working with guidance from local and state officials to implement a return to campus in the safest manner possible.  While we do not have all  details worked out completely, we are preparing for a return to some  onsite campus operations.  We are ready to meet these new challenges and the new normal with which we are presented due to this crisis. (more…)

Wind Turbine Technician Career Opportunities

Whether you are finishing high school and making plans for post-secondary education or seeking to develop new skills so that you are better trained for a career change, taking a welding career training program will prepare you for one of the most rewarding careers, that of a welder. To see if this career path is right for you, you must first answer a few key questions to make a more informed decision.

  • What Will I Learn in a Welding Career Training Program?
  • How Quickly Can I Complete a Welding Career Training Program?
  • What Skills Do I Learn in a Welding Career Training Program?


Wind Turbine Technician Career Opportunities

Interested in a career in the renewable energy industry? Want to make a difference in the transition to renewables including wind energy? In as little as 7 months, you can become an entry-level wind turbine technician. Employment of wind turbine technicians is expected to grow 57 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The U.S. is moving toward replacing fossil fuel with more environmentally friendly energy creation, so becoming a wind turbine technician is a career that will continue to grow throughout the next few decades.


What are the Basics of HVACR?

One of the fastest growing professions is that of a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technician. HVACR jobs are expected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is because technical schools are providing the proper training for these programs in as little as 9 months, a fraction of the time it usually takes to complete a traditional four-year degree. Any modern building likely employs one if not all of the components that make up the daily tasks of an HVACR technician.


Recent Career Fair at MIAT Houston Campus Was a Hit!


By Gail Branch, Director of Career and Student Services, MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus

MIAT  hosted a Career Fair at our Houston campus on February 6.  I am pleased to report that this event – one of many in the future – was supported by representatives of 20 local employers  in several industry sectors. Current students and recent graduates had the opportunity to secure information and meet with recruiters and human resources managers with the bonus of participating in on campus interviews.  

Shena Creamer, MIAT’s Career Services Advisor  for our Houston campus, join Houston Campus President John Willis and I in expressing our sincere appreciation to these companies and their representatives for committing to helping our students and alumni pursue a new career.  (more…)

Faculty and Staff of MIAT Houston Campus Focused on Helping Aviation Maintenance Students Complete FAA-Directed Course Requirements


By Titus Hubbard, Director of Education, MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus

Working full-time or part-time while pursuing any certificate or degree program is extremely challenging.  Adding the realities of family commitments, financial responsibilities, home and vehicle maintenance, and all-important self-care to maintaining a clear focus on working and studying can be extremely stressful.  

Faculty and staff members of MIAT’s Houston campus understand exactly how difficult and overwhelming this can be for any student and even more so for students enrolled in FAA-directed aviation maintenance programs.  Our faculty and staff members have traveled this same path at various points in our life and career. That’s why we are so passionate about supporting all students in completing their stringent course requirements and graduating from MIAT.

I was asked recently by an aviation industry magazine editor if MIAT has a hard time attracting students to enroll in our aviation maintenance programs. Here is my candid response:

Attracting students is easier than retaining them for the duration of the  20- or 24-month program, given their current part-time or full-time work requirements and family commitments.  On average, about 40 percent of students who start their aviation maintenance programs with our Houston campus, graduate.  The strict time component set by the FAA can often discourage students who must make up time due to life circumstances that impact their studies.  

Ideally, students who enroll in MIAT’s aviation maintenance programs should have a long-range view and a serious commitment to completing their program.  Students who put in the effort and the hours to complete their program tend to have a mature mindset and a solid work ethic. This type of “star student” recognizes that he or she is pursuing a prestigious career with huge earning potential that will have a positive impact on him or her as well as all family members for many generations to come.


How Do You Become an NDT?

Interested in becoming a Non-Destructive Testing technician? With the increase in employment opportunities for consumer products, aircraft, transportation, and many energy-based providers, NDT technicians are in demand. Many different industries have NDT technicians assess and report on machinery and materials. These industries include aviation, defense, construction, energy and automotive. By earning your Non-Destructive Testing Technician diploma, you open the door to more competitive advantages upon graduation and throughout your career.

If you have an interest in technology, how things work, and helping employees work in a safe environment, working in NDT may be a good fit. A career as an NDT technician starts with an interest in technology and continues with attending a vocational school’s NDT technician program.


What is a Non-Destructive Testing Technician?

Choosing your future career path can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, there is more research material available to help you fully understand just what it takes to enter various fields before beginning your journey. One of the most preferential jobs in the market today is that of a non-destructive testing technician. With the help of trade school attendance, this career path is more attainable than ever. So, what exactly does a non-destructive testing technician do, where do they work, and what skills and training are necessary to becoming one?