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How Do I Get a Job in Renewable Energy?

Are you interested in starting a new job in the renewable energy industry? There are many different opportunities such as becoming a wind turbine technician or a green power plant operator to name a few. With the growth in this job sector, you have the opportunity to start a new adventure in renewable energy. So, how do you get a job in renewable energy?

How Do I Get a Job in Renewable Energy?

The best way to get a job in renewable energy is to graduate from a trade school that offers programs in renewable energy such as wind turbine technician and solar panel installation programs. You will also have the opportunity to find a job as a green power plant operator, maintenance worker, industrial mechanic, control operator, field service technician, or boiler operator. The renewable energy industry supports all of these job titles whether it is in wind, solar, hydroelectric, nuclear, or biomass. Here is what some of these jobs entail.

Wind Turbine Technician

A wind turbine technician is responsible for installing, maintaining, monitoring, and repairing wind turbine components and systems. Monitoring and maintenance happen both on-site and off-site. The wind turbine technician has the ability to monitor wind turbines from a remote location and get alerts when maintenance or repairs are needed. Remote monitoring also gives them the ability to collect turbine data for additional research and analysis. They will test and troubleshoot electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic turbine components. They may also service transmission systems, wind field substations, and fiber optic sensing and control systems.

Green Power Plant Operator

Power plant operators in green energy control operate systems that generate electric power. They maintain, repair, and replace these green energy systems as needed. Whether the power plant is using turbines, generators, or boilers, the power plant operator will inspect and coordinate operations of power plants, dams, and steam generation.

What You Learn in an Energy Technology Degree Program

During this degree program, you will learn about power generation, power plant operations, wind power, compression technology, and process systems. This program offers a combination of lectures and hands-on assignments in the real world.

Classes will focus on energy industry fundamentals, safety compliance, OSHA, and first aid training. Courses will also include physics, electrical theory, wind technology, materials processing, advanced troubleshooting programmable logic controllers, and industrial heating and cooling. A set of courses will focus specifically on renewable energy sources. This energy technology degree program will prepare you for an entry-level position in renewable energy.

Increased Growth for Jobs in Renewable Energy

The renewable energy industry is continuing to grow, According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), renewable energy consumption surpassed coal for the first time in 2019. This renewable energy is made up of solar, wind, geothermal, biofuel, and hydroelectric energy. Two sectors of renewable energy are projected to grow in the next decade.

Wind Energy Job Growth

The demand for wind turbine technicians is projected to grow 61 percent in the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of wind turbines being installed is increasing and there is a need for technicians to monitor, maintain and repair these wind turbines.

Wind turbines generated over 300 billion megawatt hours of energy in 2020, according to the EIA. Advances in wind technology have reduced the cost of producing electricity from wind. This has fueled the growth for wind turbine technicians to maintain and repair the growing wind energy infrastructure.

Final Thoughts

Now that you are interested in a job in renewable energy, it is time to learn more about the energy technology degree program at MIAT College of Technology. The renewable energy industry is expanding, and job opportunities continue to present themselves. Getting an energy technology degree will open up doors to different energy companies. Graduates of MIAT will also receive help to find that entry-level position. There is no better time to train in renewable energy and enter the job market.

Do you have 16 months to start a new career? The Energy Technology AAS Degree Program is a combination of classroom, hands-on assignments and critical thinking skills that train you to become a well-rounded technician in a dynamic industry. Energy Technology employers who answered surveys from the MIAT Career Services Department stated they are looking for applicants who possess critical communication, problem solving, and analytical skills that can be acquired completing a college degree.

Getting trade school training is a great investment in your future and opens doors to a career in a variety of industries! Inquire today to learn more about MIAT’s Energy Technology Degree program.

 

What Does a Renewable Energy Technician Do?

Do you like working with your hands? Interested in helping the environment by becoming a renewable energy technician? There are many different types of renewable energy, and each one needs a technician to manage the installation, monitoring, maintenance, and repair of their components and systems. So, what is renewable energy?

What is Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy is defined as energy coming from a source that can be regenerated or naturally replenished, according to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. The main sources of renewable energy include hydropower, wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal.  Renewable energy is either zero emission, low emission, or neutral emission.

Hydropower – Waterpower captures the energy of flowing water to generate electricity. Water creates electricity by harnessing the flow of water to turn generators as the water flows downhill and produces electricity, called hydroelectric energy. Water can also create electricity from the motion of waves, from the breakdown of elements to hydrogen form H2O, and through hydroelectric energy from dams. Hydrogen energy uses the most common element on earth, hydrogen. Tidal energy is produced by the rise and fall of tides. This kinetic energy is converted into electrical energy.

Wind Energy – Electricity is generated when wind pushes the blades of a wind turbine. Three main components make up a wind turbine: the tower, three blades, and a nacelle. The nacelle is made up of the outer casing, generator, gearbox, and hydraulic brakes.

Solar power – Solar panels capture solar radiation from sunlight by either using a photoelectric effect with photovoltaics on rooftops of residential and commercial buildings or by using a lens or mirror to concentrate sunlight to heat up fluid to turn a turbine to generate electricity.

Biomass – This energy is derived from burning wood, waste, landfill gas, and alcohol fuels. Heat generated from burning these biomass resources creates steam. The steam powers a turbine that creates electricity for the electrical grid.

Geothermal – Heat from the Earth’s surface is harnessed to generate electric power for heating and cooking. To generate geothermal electric power, a well is drilled in search of high temperatures that travel naturally through fissures causing steam to rise. The stem spins the turbine to generate electricity.

What Does a Wind Turbine Technician Do?

A wind turbine technician is responsible for maintaining and repairing components and systems of wind turbines. As a wind turbine technician, you will inspect the exterior of the turbine tower, perform maintenance on the turbine components and systems, test electrical and hydraulic systems, identify and replace worn out components, and service transmission systems. You will also work off-site to collect wind turbine data and monitor the functionality of turbine systems..

Are Renewable Energy Technicians in Demand?

Renewable energy is the fastest-growing source of energy in the United States, according to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. Renewables made up more than 17 percent of all U.S. electricity generation in 2018. The increase in usage of renewable energy is due to lower costs, a need for diverse energy sources, and more available resources. The increased demand for renewable energy can also be attributed to the introduction of tax credits and other policy decisions made by the U.S. government.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics rates energy tech jobs as some of the fastest growing occupations in the next ten years. Demand for wind turbine technicians is expected to grow 61 percent, with demand for solar installers expected to grow 51 percent.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know more about the renewable energy industry, it is time to learn more about how to become a renewable energy technician. Whether you become a powerplant operator, wind turbine technician, or solar installation technician, there is always something new to learn, and with the increase in demand for both renewable energy and the technicians that install, monitor and repair these energy systems, becoming a renewable energy technician is a great opportunity for you to enjoy a challenging career and help the environment at the same time. It’s a win-win!

Energy Technician Degree Program

The Energy Technology AAS Degree Program at MIAT is 16 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.

Wind Turbine Technician Program

The Wind Power Technician Program from MIAT College of Technology is 7 months in length for full time students, assuming no interruption in training, and is offered at both the Michigan and Texas campuses. The Wind Power Technician Program provides the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to pursue a rewarding career in the renewable energy industry.

Does a career in renewable energy interest you? To learn more about Energy Technician training 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 renewable energy technician today.

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The Importance of Customer Service in HVAC

Do you get along with most people? Enjoy fixing things around the house? If so, then becoming an HVAC technician may be the right career for you. An HVAC technician must be good with their hands, a problem solver, someone that pays attention to detail, and they must also be good communicators. Why? As an HVAC technician, you will deal with the public. Whether it is a residential customer or construction supervisor, working in HVAC demands good communication and customer service.

What is Customer Service?

Customer service is the experience that a customer has when purchasing a product or using a service. Good customer service allows the customer to get what they ask for in a timely manner and at a price that is expected. Good customer service will create loyal customers and help build a clientele through positive experiences.

Why is Customer Service Important in the HVAC Industry?

Customers are the life blood of any HVAC business. Before you can make any money or work on an HVAC system, you will need to get customers. Good customer service is infectious. Happy customers will leave positive reviews on Yelp, and they will tell their friends when they need a referral. Whether you work for an HVAC business or you go out on your own, having happy customers is important to creating a loyal clientele. You want to be the go-to for HVAC systems. Next time your customer needs maintenance or repair on their HVAC system, they should know exactly who to call.

What are Elements of Good Customer Service?

Certain skills and qualities come together to help you offer good customer service. Some of the skills include communication, active listening, and patience. The qualities of an HVAC technician that help you offer good customer service include honesty and respect. With these elements, you can offer your customers good service and create loyal HVAC customers.

Communication

When you are not working on an HVAC system, you will spend the rest of your time talking with customers, coworkers, supervisors, or vendors. When you are not fixing an HVAC system, you are talking with someone about an HVAC system. Offering quality communication helps reduce any misunderstandings and creates a positive experience for customers.

You will also need good written communication skills as an HVAC technician. After monitoring, maintaining, or repairing a heating, air conditioning, or ventilation system, you will need to write up a report and convey the work completely to the customer. The ability to write concisely and clearly helps you communicate with your customers.

Active Listening

If you listen to your customers, you will know exactly what they need. Good customer service involves active listening to hear what they are saying and understand what they need. Also, make sure you clarify what they are saying if something does not make sense.

Patience

Many customers will not know anything about HVAC or how it works. Customers can be unhappy if their air conditioning is not working in the middle of summer. The ability to stay patient with a customer and answer all their questions will put them at ease.

You will also need patience when working with an HVAC system. It is important to be methodical and not miss anything that can make the HVAC system malfunction. You don’t want your customer’s heating or air condition to stop working when they need it the most.

Honesty

When helping a customer, make sure to offer them an estimate of what the work will cost. Whether it is labor, parts, or other expenses, it is important to be honest about the cost of the HVAC work. You may make an extra buck by charging a customer too much; however, they will leave a review or tell a friend about a poor experience, and you will lose future business. Nothing is worse than a negative comment on Yelp or Angie’s List. Everyone gets to see it, and it is a reflection of your work for future customers.

Respect

A customer will respond to a respectful HVAC technician. When entering someone’s home, make sure to wear the proper coverings to not track dirt and grime on their carpet. Always clean up after you are done, and put it back to its original condition. Showing respect to your customers will allow them to create a positive attitude toward you and your HVAC services. If they like you enough, they may even give you a positive review.

Final Thoughts

Whether you work for an HVAC system or open up your own shop, customer service is key to customer retention. With customers, you will have the cashflow needed to be successful, so treat your customers right. You never know when they will meet someone that needs your services. A positive experience, honesty, and respect will help you build a loyal army of HVAC customers.

Does a career as an HVAC 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 HVACR Technician career training 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 HVACR technician today!

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Shining a Spotlight on Welders and Financial Literacy This Month

By John Willis, MIAT College of Technology, Houston Campus President

The month of April has been designated as National Welding Month as well as Financial Literacy Month. How and why do these two designations become worthy of contemplation? What’s the connection between welding and financial literacy?

In preparing for my blog this month, I had the opportunity to pause and reflect upon the value that welders deliver to society as well as the financial independence that is attainable for those men and women who pursue a career in welding or any other skilled trade.

Welders play a key role in just about every aspect of life and work while accomplishing their tasks in all types of weather conditions, on earth and below the surface of the sea. According to the American Welding Society, the welding industry will face a shortage of about 400,000 welders by 2024. The average age of a welder is 55, and experienced welders who are approaching retirement will leave our nation with a significant deficit in skilled welders in the work force. (more…)

Modern Day Rosie the Riveters: Women Prove to Be Valuable Assets for Essential Roles In the Skilled Trades

By John Willis, MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus President

March is Women’s History Month, which is a perfect time for kicking off a major initiative to encourage and support women in the pursuit of careers in the skilled trades.  MIAT College of Technology’s campuses in Houston and Canton near Detroit are committed to supporting women and men of all ages and stages of their life in acquiring essential knowledge and skills that will equip them for gainful employment in the skilled trades.  Given the well-deserved attention that essential workers have garnered since the World Health Organization declared  COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020,  this is a great opportunity to emphasize the value of being employed in the skilled trades.  Also, with the recent inauguration of Kamala Harris as the first woman to occupy the Office of Vice President of the United States of America, it is time for career schools, such as ours, to tackle the gender stereotyping that can often still occur in certain careers — especially in the skilled trades.

MIAT leaders, faculty and staff know that women are well-suited for jobs in historically male-dominated fields such as welding, aviation maintenance, HVAC, and energy – to name just a few.  We are on a mission to  recruit more women to our college and offer them the opportunities that a skilled trade can offer. We are seizing the opportunity to demonstrate that career paths should always be based on a person’s passion, ambitions, and abilities – and not a person’s gender, race or ethnicity. Now and for the foreseeable future, we are adopting and maintaining a leadership position in telling the stories of accomplished women in the skilled trades. Our ultimate goal is to encourage more women to pursue rewarding careers as essential skilled workers.

Adding considerable credibility and support to our 2021 mission to recruit women in the skilled trades are four extraordinary female instructors at our Houston campus. In fact, these four women have been interviewed by Houston area television stations and magazines recently to share their personal experiences and to inspire other women to consider a career in the skilled trades. You will learn more about each of these remarkable women who are excellent ambassadors for our school in this blog and over the coming weeks and months. (more…)

What Does an NDT Technician Do?

Do you spend time taking apart equipment to see how it is made? Are you curious about how well components are designed and structured? If this sounds interesting to you, then becoming a non-destructive testing technician may be the right career path.

NDT technicians can work in the manufacturing and technology industries. Some of those industries where non-destructive testing is used include aviation, defense, construction, automotive, aerospace, and energy to name a few. NDT technicians get to test everything from glass to airplane parts. So, what does an NDT technician do?

What Does an NDT Technician Do?

A non-destructive testing (NDT) technician uses a variety of techniques to inspect materials, components, structures, and systems to look for structural flaws. These flaws include corrosion, cracks, and other flaws that may compromise the NDT equipment. An NDT technician’s job will include:

  • Conducting Material Testing
  • Interpreting & Preparing Test Reports for Material Testing
  • Calibrating and Maintaining Equipment
  • Developing Processes for Safety

Conducting Material Testing

NDT technicians learn different non-destructive techniques to test materials including visual inspection, liquid dye penetration testing, eddy current testing, magnetic particle testing, ultrasonic testing, and radiographic testing. Each test is specific to the material, component, structure, or system being tested.

Visual Examination – NDT technicians can use many different tools to inspect technology including lenses and fiber optic devices.

Liquid Dye Penetration Testing – with the use of fluorescent liquids, NDT technicians will stain surfaces to show imperfections viewed under ultraviolet light.

Eddy Current Testing – an NDT technician will pass an electric current through conductive materials to monitor the flow of current for any differences.

Magnetic Particle Testing – to see cracks and defects, NDT technicians use magnetic particles applied to magnetized ferrous materials.

Ultrasonic Testing – the use of high frequency sound pulses helps NDT technicians by reflecting signals from materials to see imperfections and defects.

Radiographic Testing – the use of X-rays help NDT technicians see imperfections inside materials.

Interpreting & Preparing Test Reports for Material Testing

After conducting the tests, the NDT technician will interpret and analyze the test results. During the interpretation phase, the NDT technician will look for flaws like acoustic emissions, leaks, liquid penetration, unknown vibrations, and anything that looks out of place. This will ensure that the materials are safe and the machinery is ready for use. However, if additional testing is needed, you will identify the safety of the materials. The production of some components may even be halted if serious flaws are found.

Calibrating and Maintaining Equipment

To ensure the accuracy of the non-destructive testing, an NDT technician will calibrate and maintain testing equipment. They will need to calibrate the settings based on the material being tested. Also, after a test, it is important for the NDT technician to make sure the equipment is ready for further use.

Developing Process for Safety

An NDT technician will create procedure checklists, conduct training of other NDT technicians, and demonstrate proper techniques for testing machinery and materials. It is important to develop proper procedure to keep everyone safe that is involved with the non-destructive test.

What Skills Do You Learn in an NDT Technician Program?

There are many different skills that will help you be a good NDT technician. The most important skills you will learn during an NDT technician program at a trade school include attention to detail, taking responsibility, and having good communication.

Skill #1: Attention to Detail

It is important to be meticulous while inspecting and testing parts and components. You will learn to use checklists and other review techniques, so you don’t miss any flaws. Each non-destructive test has its own protocols and procedures, and performing them properly will ensure that the materials, parts, and components you test are structurally sound.

Skill #2: Responsibility

As an NDT technician, you will be responsible for testing the safety of different parts and components. It is important to properly test all components for flaws and structural damage. Even the smallest flaw can be catastrophic. For instance, you will inspect and test parts for planes, automobiles, and blast furnaces. Taking responsibility for what you do is the most important skill you can have as an NDT technician.

Skill #3: Communication

You will be responsible for reporting your findings after each test. Having good communication skills will help you clearly and concisely convey the results. It will also be important to keep communication professional, so there are no misunderstandings.

How Do I Become an NDT Technician?

The best way to get in the industry as an NDT technician is to attend a non-destructive testing technician program at a trade school. Non-Destructive Testing Technician 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 NDT skills quickly and first-hand technical knowledge to feel confident entering the workforce.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know more about what an NDT technician does, are you interested in learning more about becoming a non-destructive testing technician? You can start earning in as little as 7 months after attending a full-time program. There is also an advanced NDT technician program that can be finished in 9 months. Either way, you will have the knowledge and training to test different materials, components, structures, and systems. Learn a new trade and become an NDT technician today.

Non-Destructive Testing Technician Diploma Program

The Advanced Non-Destructive Testing 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. 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 the Advanced 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.

How Long Does Welding Take to Learn at a Trade School?

Are you looking for a trade to start a new career? Welders are in demand. Welding opportunities are expected to grow 20 percent in Texas in the next decade, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. MIAT College of Technology offers a welding technology program at its Houston, TX campus that can prepare you for this rewarding career. Are you asking yourself, “How long does trade school take for welding?”

How Long Does Trade School Take for Welding?

Attending a welding trade school full-time allows you to complete a welding certification program in as little as 9 months. Classes are led by trained professionals that have worked in the industry and that better understand the skills needed to compete for these jobs. Career services in these trade schools also help you identify opportunities and prepare for job interviews for entry-level careers.

What Does a Welding Specialist Do?

Welding specialists use welding, cutting, soldering, and brazing equipment to join, cut, and solder metal parts. They also fill holes and seams in metal products, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Welding specialists typically do the following:

  • Cut, dismantle, straighten, and reshape metal
  • Study 2D blueprints, sketches, and specifications
  • Use mathematics to better cut metal and calculate metal melting points.
  • Maintain clean metal workshops and remove debris that can contaminate welds.
  • Use equipment to light torches.
  • Repair, monitor, and maintain welding equipment and machinery.

What Do You Learn During a Welding Trade School Program?

Welding technology classes teach you how to properly use welding tools. It also builds professional skills while teaching metal arc welding techniques such as proper pipe welding, soldering, fitting, and fabrication and how to read and interpret drawing, symbols, and metal characteristics. Mastering these welding techniques and procedures will start you off on the right foot after graduating from a welding trade school. Employers look for welders with the hands-on experience that you will gain during a welding program at a trade school.

Tools and Professional Skills

Before you can become a master welder, you must first learn how to use all of the tools that a welder uses every day. There are many different tools to learn about. There are safety tools like safety glasses, fiberglass welding hoods, cutting goggles, leather gloves, leather work boots, and leather jackets with bib. As a welder, you will also use vise grips, wire brushes, flint strikers, metal files, grinding wheels, needle nose pliers, ball peen hammers, compasses, and protractors. These and others are some of the main metal arc welding equipment that will be supplied for you during the trade school program.

Metal Arc Welding

Every welder must learn the proper technique for welding. Different welding equipment will allow the welder to do shield metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, and gas tungsten arc welding.

SMAW (Shield Metal Arc Welding) – an arc welding process that uses an electrode and electric current to join metals. Commonly used to weld iron and steel.

MIG-GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) – an arc welding process where a continuous solid wire electrode is fed through a welding gun into the weld pool, joining the two base materials together.

TIG-GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) – an arc welding process that uses long welding rods and slowly feeds them into the weld pool, commonly used for thin gauge materials.

Drawings, Symbols, and Metal Characteristics

During the welding technology program, you will learn how to read and interpret blueprints and the many symbols that adorn these blueprints. You will also learn about proper welding of different metals and the many characteristics of these metals such as melting points and which metals should be joined and with which tool.

Pipe Welding

Pipe welding is another important welding technique to master. This involves connecting two pipes together to make a single, longer pipe that is void of leaks and other artifacts. Pipe welding is used in the construction of buildings, structures, and vessels.

Soldering

Soldering involves connecting small pieces of metal to other surfaces such as connecting wires to a circuit board. Different metals melt at different temperatures, and it is important to know the melting point of the metals and metal fillers that you are using. This will be taught in a welding trade school program.

Fitting & Fabrication

Fitting and fabrication techniques will help you to learn how brand-new products or components of a larger product can be made from scratch. Almost any metallic product can be either repaired or created. During the welding trade school program, you will get hands-on fitting and fabrication experience in real world welding projects.

Final Thoughts

Now that you are interested in becoming a welder, it is time to learn more about the welding technology program at MIAT College of Technology. We prepare you to start welding on your first day with hands-on training in real world environments and with a variety of metals. You will learn how to weld, cut, solder, and braze using industry standard welding equipment. With the knowledge you gain from MIAT’s welding technology program, you can start a new career as a welder today.

 Do you have 9 months to start a new career? The Welding Specialist Program at MIAT College of Technology provides the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to pursue a rewarding technical career. Classes are interactive and led by dedicated instructors with years of experience working with welding equipment in a professional setting. You’ll get the one-on-one attention and personal support to pick up new skills quickly and the first-hand technical knowledge to feel confident entering the workforce.

 

 

 

 Getting welding training is a great investment in your future and opens doors to a career in a variety of industries! Inquire today to learn more about MIAT’s Welding Specialist Program.

What is an Industrial Maintenance Technician?

Did you know that in 9 months, you could become an industrial maintenance technician? Industrial maintenance technicians work in many different energy industries, from gas and nuclear to renewable energy. There are many different opportunities to become a power plant operator, industrial mechanic, or one of the many other careers in industrial maintenance. However, if you are wondering what an industrial maintenance technician is, you are not alone.

What is an Industrial Maintenance Technician?

Industrial maintenance technicians work in the energy industry and work for power plants, boiler operations, solar installations, and other energy facilities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an industrial maintenance technician maintains and repairs energy power plants, factory equipment, and other industrial machinery. These machinery components include conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Industrial maintenance technicians typically do the following:

  • Install, inspect, maintain, and disassemble industrial machinery.
  • Read technical manuals to understand energy industry equipment and controls.
  • Disassemble machinery and equipment to solve a problem.
  • Perform basic maintenance and make repairs for broken or malfunctioning components.
  • Perform tests and run initial batches to make sure that machinery is running up to code.
  • Detect minor problems by performing basic diagnostic tests.
  • Test malfunctioning machinery to determine the repairs needed.
  • Adjust and calibrate equipment and machinery to optimal specifications.
  • Clean and lubricate equipment or machinery.

What Skills Do You Need to be a Successful Industrial Maintenance Technician?

There are many skills that will come in handy as an industrial maintenance technician. Some of the most important skills for success include physical ability/stamina, problem solving, attention to detail, adaptability, decision making, self-motivation, and work ethic.

Skill #1: Physical Ability/Stamina

Much of what an industrial maintenance technician does takes stamina. As an industrial maintenance technician, you will carry large objects, stand, crouch and kneel to fix and repair broken components. You will be on your feet for long periods of time walking around a facility and making sure machinery is running properly.

Skill #2: Problem Solving

There will be the inevitable problem that needs solving. Whether it is a broken component, malfunctioning machine, or problem that needs troubleshooting, it is important to have a methodical process to identify the problem, understand the many fixes, and take decisive action to fix the machinery in a timely manner.

Skill #3: Attention to Detail

Even the smallest error can shut down an entire industrial machine such as a malfunctioning part, pressure off by a degree, or a nut not tightened properly. These errors can be costly and cause downtime for many electricity customers. Using a checklist or creating a step-by-step process to double check your work and troubleshooting any problems will help you master an attention to detail.

Skill #4: Adaptability

Not every space in the factory or machine shop will be easy to access. You must adapt to your environment both physical and mentally. Something unexpected may occur, and it is up to you to adapt to this situation and do some troubleshooting and problem solving. Not every situation will be textbook, but every situation has a solution. It is up to you to identify that solution and adapt to your situation.

Skill #5: Decision Making

There are usually multiple solutions to any one problem. It is up to you to balance the cost, time, and customers in your decision-making calculations. Although you may save time picking a specific decision, it may cost too much money. Picking the right decision is about assessing the situation and identifying the next steps to take, rather than asking for guidance from superiors. This delegation of decision making is made when the supervisor trusts you to make good decisions that are in the best interest of the power plant.

Skill #6: Self-Motivation

As an industrial maintenance technician, much of what you do will be delegated to you, so it is important to be self-motivated. You will be responsible for completing your work and making sure the machinery is in good working order. Although you will have colleagues and superiors to ask for help when in a serious situation, it is up to you to prepare for your day and get the job down without oversight from a superior.

Skill #7: Work Ethic

As an industrial maintenance technician, you are in charge of the electrical grid and whether your neighbors will have electricity or not. It is important to show up on time, take responsibility for your job, and be reliable. Many people are counting on you to do your job, and it is important to have a good work ethic as an industrial maintenance technician.

Final Thoughts

The energy industry is growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states the projected growth of industrial maintenance technicians will be 13 percent in the coming decade, more than twice all other jobs. With the increase in energy production and need for renewable energy, there will be a growing need for more industrial maintenance technicians. Now is the time to start a career in energy and help power the world.

Ready to learn more about becoming an industrial maintenance technician? The Industrial Maintenance Technician Certificate/Diploma Program at MIAT College of Technology was created in response to the energy industry asking for more qualified industrial technicians. This program is a combination of classroom, hands-on assignments and outside work/homework. Our school’s curriculum covers power generation, power plant operations, compression technology and process systems.

To learn more about the Industrial 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.

What is a Trade School?

Are you interested in a new career and want to learn a trade? Attending a trade school is the fastest way to start earning in a new trade specific to your skill set. Most trade school programs are completed in less than 9 months. They offer you a focused curriculum and prepare you with just the right knowledge and skills you need to apply for an entry-level position. Now, are you asking yourself, “What is a trade school?”

What is a Trade School?

A trade school, often called a vocational or technical school, offers training in a specific trade or job specialty. Many 4-year colleges focus on electives the first two years and then students finally start to specialize in a specific degree. Trade schools focus only on what the student needs to learn to get an entry-level position in a given trade. Like an apprenticeship, trade schools offer real world training in actual workshops allowing students to learn as they perform trade practices and techniques directly from an instructor with experience in the industry.

After completing trade school, students may need to pass certification or licensing exams to show proficiency in their given trade to prospective employers. Once exams are completed, graduates apply to work in local workshops, organizations, and trade-specific companies. Trade schools are one of the shortest paths to earning out of the many college options available.

What Careers Do Trade Schools Offer?

Trade schools offer many different careers, from construction, welding, and HVAC to allied health care and even computer technology. Most trade schools specialize in a specific trade like cosmetology, healthcare, computers, or construction to name a few. MIAT College of Technology specializes in aircraft maintenance, HVACR technician training, welding technology, energy technology, wind power technician training, and robotics and automation technology

Career #1: Aircraft Maintenance Technician

Trade schools that specialize in aircraft maintenance teach students to inspect, maintain, and repair aircraft and helicopters. Aircraft maintenance technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. In trade schools, aircraft maintenance technicians learn how to diagnose and repair mechanical or electrical problems, repair aircraft components and systems, replace defective parts, examine aircraft parts for defects, follow instructions in maintenance manuals, inspect completed work to make sure aircraft are flight ready, and keep maintenance records for future use.

Some of the training for aircraft maintenance is applicable to airframe and powerplant technicians. Trade schools prepare students in airframe and powerplant technology programs to become FAA certified airframe and powerplant technicians. Trade school graduates are then able to choose from a wide range of entry-level employment opportunities in both aviation and other technical career fields.

Career #2: HVACR Technician

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers (HVACR Technicians) install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control temperature and air quality. At a trade school, HVAC technicians learn how to work on residential, industrial, and commercial job sites. They manage electrical components and the wiring of HVACR systems. Students learn how to inspect, troubleshoot, and test systems and components. Trade school students learn proper mathematics and how to read schematics and blueprints. Students also learn how to record maintenance and repair jobs for future use and warranty claims.

Many HVAC technicians attend trade schools so they can get a certification to prove standard knowledge, productivity, and safety protocols. One of the certification exams is awarded by an association called the North American Technician Excellence (NATE). Prove your proficiency in HVACR systems by graduating from a trade school training program and becoming certified as an HVACR technician.

Career #3: Welding Technology

Trade school trains students to become welders, cutters, solders, and brazers. Welding specialists learn how to join or cut metal parts and fill holes, indentations, and seams in metal products. At a trade school, welders learn how to study drawings, symbols, blueprints, sketches, and specifications. They learn proper mathematics to successfully calculate welding and cutting of materials. They learn how to inspect materials, monitor welding temperatures to avoid overheating, and to determine the proper technique to maintain welding equipment and machinery.

Trade school teaches welders the art of metal arc welding, pipe welding, soldering, fitting, and fabrication. They teach students about MIG welding and TIG welding. Trade schools also teach students the latest trends and practices for a successful career in welding technology.

Career #4: Wind Power Technician

With the growth in the renewable energy sector, trade schools are training students in many different energy technology fields including wind power. During a wind energy program Students learn how to inspect, maintain, and repair wind turbines and their components. Training involves in-person repair of wind turbine parts and systems as well as off-site monitoring of wind turbines to measure performance, energy generation and up-time. Training offers entry-level positions as wind service technicians, control room operators, as well as wind turbine sales representatives. Renewable, environmentally sustainable wind energy is a vital resource and an important industry for everyone’s future.

How Long is a Trade School Program?

Unlike many 4-year colleges that mandate elective courses, many trade school programs can be completed in less than 7 to 9 months. Students attending trade schools can start earning in months rather than years. For those that have other responsibilities, just want to prepare for a trade, or are looking for a dedicated trade program, then attending a trade school may be the right option for you.

Are you interested in learning more about the programs offered at a trade school?  If you’re mechanically inclined, enjoy working with your hands, and are looking for technical career training with a future, MIAT College of Technology can help. Engaging, hands- on vocational training at MIAT College of Technology can open the doors to a wide variety of exciting careers. 

Our aircraft mechanic and maintenance training can lead to employment opportunities in many industries, including aviation maintenance, HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning & refrigeration), wind energy, power plant operations, and industrial machinery. With MIAT College of Technology, you get real-world, career-focused education. MIAT students learn directly in shop facilities that include aircraft, engines, wind turbines, and lots of other equipment to ensure you’ll be ready to hit the ground running in your future job.

MIAT’s goal is to produce graduates who are in the top echelon of their initial on-the-job training due to the foundational knowledge they receive at MIAT.  To learn more about Energy Technology career training 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. 

 

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What Skills Do You Need to be an Aircraft Mechanic?

 

Are you considering with you want to take an aircraft mechanic program? Want to know if you have the skill set to become an aircraft mechanic? The good news is that you can learn a lot of skills you need during an aircraft mechanic program at a trade school. Skills like communication, attention to detail, stamina, dexterity, teamwork, and problem solving can be learned during an aircraft mechanic program. The qualities that you can’t learn are a good work ethic, an interest in fixing things, and a passion for aircraft. If you have the passion, then becoming an aircraft mechanic may be the right career path for you. So, what skills will you need to be an aircraft mechanic?

What Skills Do You Need to be an Aircraft Mechanic?

There are many different skills that come in handy as an aircraft mechanic. Some of the more valuable skills that you will learn during an aircraft mechanic program include communication, teamwork, attention to detail, and problem solving. You will also build up your stamina and dexterity while you work on real world aircraft.

Skill #1: Communication

One of the most important skills that you can learn is communication. As an aircraft mechanic, you will spend a lot of your time talking with supervisors, teammates, and clients when you are and are not actually fixing an aircraft. It is important to be clear and concise with your communication because someone’s life may depend on it. As you fix aircraft, there will be passengers, and it is important to not only communicate but work as a team and have a strong attention to detail to keep those passengers safe.

Written communication is also important for an aircraft mechanic. After completing a fix or going through a checklist, you will need to make notes of anything that needs fixing or may need maintenance. The ability to communicate both verbally and in writing is an important skill for any aircraft mechanic.

Skill #2: Teamwork

Part of good teamwork is communication, but it is also about moving toward a shared goal and building trust with co-workers. More than one person will fix an aircraft at any one time. There are many different jobs to perform and checklists to complete. If everyone is working together, the aircraft will come together faster, be safer, and get completed on time.

Skill #3: Attention to Detail

Attention to detail is an important skill for anyone but very important for an aircraft mechanic. Each aircraft is made up of little pieces and precise mechanics. Even the smallest malfunction can be catastrophic. During an aircraft mechanic program, you will learn to be meticulous and identify even the smallest of issues so the aircraft is safe.

Skill #4: Stamina & Dexterity

A lot of what you will do as an aircraft mechanic is stand, reach into tight spaces, and crouch to reach a part of the aircraft. Not only will you need to withstand a lot of physical effort to stand and crouch, but you will need mental stamina as well. It can be a long day of fixing aircraft for an aircraft mechanic, and it is important that you build up your stamina so you can finish any project that you start.

Finger dexterity is also important as an aircraft mechanic. You will be working with little parts, nuts, and bolts in tight spaces and with different types of tools. The ability to hold, squeeze, and turn these tools throughout the day takes dexterity in the fingers and hands.

If you don’t have the stamina and dexterity yet to be an aircraft mechanic, don’t worry. You will get a lot of practice during an aircraft mechanic program. You will work on a variety of aircraft types and build up your stamina and dexterity while you put your practical knowledge and theory to work in the hangar fixing an aircraft.

Skill #5: Problem Solving

There are always problems to solve, so it is just important to think logically, have a step-by-step process, and come up with the best solution to the problem. There may be multiple ways to fix an aircraft that is malfunctioning, but it is important to work through a checklist, make sure everything is reviewed, and find a proper solution to the problem.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know more about the skills that it takes to be a successful aircraft mechanic, do you think you are ready to join the industry? Even if you don’t have all the knowledge and skills yet to be an aircraft mechanic, a lot of what you need to know will be taught during an aircraft mechanic program. Everything else will be learned on the job as long as you are committed to continuously learn. Your passion for the aircraft industry, and your strong work ethic is all you need to become a successful aircraft mechanic. The rest will be learned throughout the journey.

Ready to learn more about becoming an aircraft mechanic? The Airframe and Powerplant 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 Airframe and Powerplant 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.