MIAT Skilled Trades Day. May 4, 2022
Think you’re ready to pursue a career? Let us show you how our nationally accredited programs can help get you trained in less than a year.1 On May 4 — National Skilled Trades Day— we’ll be opening the doors at ALL our campuses to anyone interested in learning about our programs and touring our facilities.

DATE: Wednesday, May 4, 2022
TIME:  3:00-7:00PM


→Experience firsthand views of our fun, hands-on learning environment.
→Get one-on-one attention with instructors who will answer your questions.
→Engage in networking opportunities with employers who come to our campuses to hire grads.2
→Join in on LIVE demos: dynos, virtual welders & more.
→Learn why leading industry brands have relationships with our schools.

Now’s your chance to visit us in person and see why a career in the skilled trades could be right for you. Register today so you’re ready when May comes!




1Some programs may require longer than one year to complete. 2Incentive programs and employee eligibility are at the discretion of the employer and available at select locations. Special conditions may apply. Talk to potential employers to learn more about the programs available in your area. UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary. For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit and Privacy policy can be found at

MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus Offers Robotics and Automation Technician Programs that Can be Completed in 12 or 18 months, Zaid AlSayes Serves as Program Coordinator


HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 4, 2021) – The Houston campus of MIAT College of Technology recently introduced two Robotics and Automation Programs. The Robotics and Automation Technician Diploma Program can be completed in 12 months, and the Robotics and Automation Technology Associate  in Applied Science Degree Program can be completed in 18 months. These programs are offered Monday through Thursday, and students can choose the morning session from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. or the evening session from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Zaid AlSayes joined MIAT in Houston earlier this year to serve as the Robotics and Automation Program coordinator. In this role, AlSayes contributed to the development of the curriculum for the Robotics and Automation programs that incorporate both classroom and lab instruction. As lead Robotics and Automation instructor, AlSayes teaches automation and programming classes, assists  other MIAT instructors in delivery of the course curriculum, and mentors students. He also has been responsible for ordering and maintaining the equipment used in the program such as robotic arms, conveyer belts, elevators,  excavation machines, controlled sorting systems, pneumatic and hydraulic controlled systems,  3D printers,  and drones.  

“MIAT is committed to moving our students toward graduating and starting their career in two years or less. Our Robotics and Automation students have access to interactive learning opportunities led by Zaid and other instructors with decades of experience working in automation, mechanical engineering, electronics, industrial, and other fields. Our smaller classes provide students greater access to their instructors who challenge them to cover and absorb a large volume of information quickly and effectively, ” explained John Willis, MIAT College of Technology Houston campus president.  (more…)

MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus Serves as Sponsor of Girls in Aviation Day Houston; MIAT Aviation Maintenance Instructor Summer Marshall Chosen as Panelist to Share Career Insights and Perspectives Saturday, Sept. 25, at Lone Star Flight Museum

HOUSTON, Texas (Sept. 21, 2021) —  The Houston campus of MIAT College of Technology is serving as a platinum sponsor for Girls in Aviation Day Houston, a free event that will be hosted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Lone Star Flight Museum and at thousands of other venues all over the world. MIAT has been a sponsor of  Girls in Aviation Day for four consecutive years.  To register in advance, please visit

MIAT, Lone Star Flight Museum, and Girls in Aviation Day Houston Chapter volunteers will welcome 100 girls who will participate in this day-long, interactive program. This international event is designed to inspire girls aged 10 to 17 to consider a career in the aviation industry. Aviation professions for men and women include that of a pilot, aviation mechanic, air traffic controller, flight attendant, aircraft broker, ground crew member, and a wide range of business, and financial and technical roles and responsibilities.

Summer Marshall and Sarah Hussing, MIAT Aviation Maintenance Program instructors who are also certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanics, will represent the school at this event.  Marshall and Hussing will lead a team of MIAT Aviation Maintenance Program students in discussing the roles and responsibilities of licensed aviation maintenance professionals and demonstrating tools and equipment used in an aircraft mechanic’s line of work.


MIAT College of Technology Hosted a T-shirt Fundraiser With Proceeds Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project™

The $2600 Donation Will Support the Organization’s Programs for Injured Veterans and Their Families

HOUSTON, Texas and CANTON, MICH. (Sep. 8, 2021) –  MIAT College of Technology recently donated $2600 to the Wounded Warrior Project™ to support the organization’s work for the veterans and service members who incurred an injury, illness, or wound during military service. The College created a T-shirt and then hosted a fundraiser at both campus locations raising $2620 to help veterans transition to their next mission.  Faculty and students were encouraged to wear their purchased t-shirts on campus as part of their normal uniform.

MIAT operates campuses in Houston and in Canton, Mich. near Detroit. The school offers college credit for relevant skills veterans have demonstrated during their service as verified on Joint Service Transcripts (JST) that can be applied to the credits needed for a chosen MIAT program. MIAT College of Technology was recently named a Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency (MVAA) certified Gold Level Veteran-Friendly School. MIAT offers certificate and associate degree programs in wind technology as well as aviation maintenance, energy technology, HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration), robotics and automation, welding, and non-destructive testing. 

“Veterans are an important part of our campus community. This year’s t-shirt fundraiser that raised funds for the Wounded Warrior Project is just one example of how MIAT honors our nation’s military and their service to our country. We respect the time and energy our veterans put into protecting our country, and we are honored to help be a part of their transition to a promising civilian career as quickly and easily as possible,” commented Houston campus president John Willis. 

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MIAT College of Technology’s “Climb Above the Cubicle” Marketing Video Earns a 2021 Gold Telly Award with Creative Support from Mnemonic Agency, Proves Effective in Supporting Recruiting and Enrollment Goals


HOUSTON, Texas (Aug. 12, 2021) –  MIAT College of Technology and Mnemonic Agency recently received a Gold Telly 2021 Award in the Local TV General-Schools/Colleges/Universities category for their collaborative development of MIAT’s “Climb Above the Cubicle” marketing video. The video promoted MIAT’s Wind Power Technician Program. 

MIAT operates campuses in Houston and in Canton, Mich. near Detroit. MIAT is using the video for marketing and public relations, recruiting, job fairs, and community relations purposes. A link to the video is available at (more…)

MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus Hired Instructors Joseph Hawkins, Stephon Nelson, and Ronald Sevier to Help Students Achieve Their Career Education Goals


HOUSTON, Texas (Aug. 4,   2021) –  The Houston Campus of MIAT College of Technology has recently hired three new instructors who will support students of all ages in their pursuit of rewarding careers in aviation maintenance, heating/ventilation/air conditioning/refrigeration (HVACR) maintenance, and non-destructive testing.

“MIAT is thankfully continuing to grow and graduate students despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. These three new instructors are helping other faculty members, our staff and our campus administrators to deliver on our promise of the last year  to keep moving forward to graduation and to pursue a skilled trades career that will have a lasting impact on our community as well as many generations of their family,” explained John Willis, MIAT College of Technology Houston campus president. (more…)

WAI Concludes Successful First Virtual Conference

March 13, 2021 – The 32nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire. during WAI’s first virtual conference on March 11-12, 2021.

“We made the decision last fall – for the safety of all our attendees during the pandemic – to take our annual gathering to an all-virtual platform with the goal of delivering the same content to include a wide variety of keynote speakers and exhibitors, seven education session tracks, professional development seminars and workshops, scholarship awards, and the Pioneer Hall of Fame induction ceremony,” said Women in Aviation International (WAI) CEO Allison McKay.

“Our strength is in the celebration of so many like-minded women who come together to share their passion for aviation and aerospace, and we successfully delivered that opportunity this week at WAI2021. From a NASA astronaut, top-level women executives, engineers, pilots of all levels right through young students, and all aerospace professions, we are united in a desire to help one another and further our careers and personal lives,” she added. (more…)

MIAT College of Technology Sponsors Women in Aviation International Virtual Events March 11-13: Virtual Exhibit Hall Participant, Pioneer Hall of Fame Virtual Ceremony and Girls In Aviation Day


CANTON, Mich., and HOUSTON, Texas (March 10, 2021) – MIAT College of Technology is sponsoring the Pioneer Hall of Fame Ceremony from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EST on March 12 as part of the 2021 Women in Aviation International Virtual Conference.  The Women in Aviation International Virtual Conference, which will be held March 11 and March 12, includes a virtual exhibit hall, educational sessions, professional development sessions, student forums, and receptions.

MIAT College of Technology is also serving as a Woman in Aviation International Virtual Conference  exhibitor March 11 and March 12 and as a supporter of the free Women in Aviation International’s Girls in Aviation Day Reno virtual event on March 13. The Girls in Aviation Day Reno virtual event targets girls and boys ages 8 to 17. The Girls in Aviation Day Reno event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon PST, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST, and noon to 2 p.m. EST with female leaders of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli as special guests. MIAT female aviation maintenance instructors contributed video messages of encouragement to young people who will participate in Girls in Aviation Day Reno on March 13. (more…)

MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus Introduces New Faculty for its Welding and Aviation Training Programs

HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 19, 2020) –  MIAT College of Technology is pleased to announce the addition of three employees at its Houston campus to assist with student instruction and growth of the college’s programs.

Terry Hummons joined the Houston campus of MIAT as a Welding Instructor. Hummons received the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certified welder certificate and a NCCER welding instructor certificate from Safety Star School of Welding in Nederland, Texas. Since then, he has been employed in welding/fitter roles at Pump Works, Whirlwind Steel Buildings and Components, Piping Technology and Products, Lonestar Shipyard, Safety Star Industrial, and Auto Beauty Center in Houston and Southeast Texas. He also has been a welding instructor at Tulsa Welding School in Houston and Safety Star Industrial in Nederland. Hummons is proficient in SMAW, SAW, FCAW, GTAW and GMAW processes. 


Luis Bonilla joined the Houston campus of MIAT as a Welding Instructor. He received a  welding certification from the former SPARC Academy in Houston, Texas in 2016. Since then, he has held been employed in pipe welding/fitter, hardfacer, and fabricator positions at Sesco Cement, AVANTech Inc., Koch Heat Transfers, Weldfit Energy Group, Shielding Dynamics, NFAB Inc., Trinity Industries, and Osies Inc. in Houston and Granite Peak Fabrication in Casper, Wyoming. Bonilla is proficient in: API code downhill E 6060, welding nuclear code (NQA1), GTAW, FCAW, SMAW, GMAW, oxyfuel hardfacing, AWS d1.1, and ASME.  



Sarah Hussing joined the Houston campus of MIAT as an Aviation instructor. Hussing received her Associate degree in Applied Science – Aviation Maintenance Technology from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa in 2013. Since then, she has been employed as an airframe and powerplant mechanic performing inspections and maintenance for Plane Techs/Launch TWS in Duluth, Minnesota and Aero Turbine in Goodyear, Arizona. She has familiarity with maintenance requirements on aircraft such as the A319 and A320 series, V2500, CFM56, 80hr A320 series Gen. Fam., Q400, and Boeing (717, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, MD80, MD11, DC9 and DC10).



MIAT College of Technology’s Canton Campus President, Jennifer Paugh, Elected to Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools Board of Directors

CANTON, Mich. (Nov. 18, 2020) –  Jennifer Paugh, president of MIAT College of Technology’s Canton, Mich. campus, was recently elected to the Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools (OMACCS) board of directors. Her term is effective immediately and runs through November 2022. The OMACCS unifies the voices of nearly 300 career colleges and schools to legislators and regulators within the two states.

The OMACCS guiding principles include developing relationships and fostering communication with state, regional, and federal entities; supporting excellence in career education; maintaining ethical and professional standards with the highest integrity; and serving as advocates for career education.

“I’m incredibly excited to further represent the state of Michigan during my term on the OMACCS board and further the interests of the organization as a whole,” commented Paugh. “Career education is especially dear to me as I have devoted almost 20 years of my 22 years in higher education specifically to this sector. I am passionate about its future, its impact, and the graduates and industries we continue to support.”

OMACCS keeps in regular contact with the state licensing boards of Michigan and Ohio, accrediting commissions, and state and regional professional agencies, and provide up-to-the-minute information to the Ohio and Michigan General Assemblies, Ohio Board of Regents, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, and the U.S. Dept. of Education. The organization also provides student scholarships and tuition assistance to provide higher education opportunities to students who are seeking career education.

“MIAT has long been a leader in trades education most specifically in aviation maintenance, and now with a whole suite of skilled trades programs. Working with the OMACCS board will allow MIAT to leverage our action and influence for positive progress in local legislation and multi-statewide career college support,” said Paugh. (more…)