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.
Joseph Hawkins joined MIAT as an HVACR instructor. Hawkins served in the United States Air Force for 8 years as an Aviation Operations Resource Manager responsible for scheduling airspace and managing and auditing data and other records for C-17 aircraft crew members. After completing his military service, Hawkins chose to pursue a career in HVACR. Before joining MIAT, he worked for One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning as a senior technician and team leader. He enjoys mentoring those new to the HVACR industry.
“I am honored to join MIAT. I wanted to work here because I have a nephew who attended MIAT. The way he spoke about the program let me know that this is the place where I want to continue to progress in my career and help others who are interested in starting a career that will serve them for a lifetime!” Hawkins said.
Stephon Nelson joined MIAT as a non-destructive testing instructor. Nelson had served in the United States Air Force for eight years during which time he gained experience in NDT for a wide range of aircraft, including the “heavies” (the C-5 super Galaxy and the C-17s troop and equipment carriers) as well as F-16 fighter jets and bombers like the B-52. After his military service, he joined Safran where he was responsible for maintaining and repairing helicopter engines, landing system wheels, and brakes.
“My mom has been a teacher for more than 30 years, and I’ve watched her shape kids into sharp and highly educated individuals. My mom is a superhero helping students one at a time, and I intend to follow her down a similar path,” Nelson commented.
Ronald Sevier has joined MIAT as an aviation maintenance instructor, bringing 31 years of aviation manufacturing and maintenance experience: he worked for 15 years with Boeing/McDonnell Douglas; three years with Raytheon; and 13 years with Continental/United Airlines. In addition to earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in aircraft maintenance from Delgado Community College, Sevier has received numerous awards from Boeing/McDonnell Douglas.
Sevier, whose previous position as an aircraft structural mechanic was eliminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said he was looking for a change, and the timing of the opening for an instructor at MIAT was right.
“I read about the instructor opportunity which allows me to share my gifts, experience, and knowledge with students at MIAT. I read the positive online reviews about the school, and I decided to apply,” said Sevier.
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