HOUSTON, Texas (Jan. 8, 2020) – MIAT College of Technology is now offering a Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technician program at its Houston campus. This program incorporates theoretical lectures supported by hands-on learning platforms that will produce quality entry-level technicians who will have sound practical, technical and theoretical non-destructive testing knowledge upon their graduation. MIAT’s first Non-Destructive Testing class will begin Jan. 28. The technician program can be completed in seven months, and the advanced program can be completed in nine months.
Graduates of this new program will support a wide range of industrial sectors, which include, but are not limited, to energy production (for example, power plants, wind farms, and oil and gas exploration and production companies) ; aviation; manufacturing; and construction.
“With more than 50 years of career college experience, MIAT is uniquely positioned to offer hands-on training in a shorter period than traditional four-year universities can deliver. Our school equips the workplace with entry-level technicians who can hit the ground running,” commented John Willis, MIAT Houston campus president. “It is common knowledge that the United States is facing a growing gap in skilled workers. Employers are seeking to fill positions that are being vacated by Baby Boomer retirements. Across the country, an increasing number of government entities and businesses are becoming more engaged in initiatives to prepare students for careers in professional trades that can lead to rewarding and good-paying careers within less time. I am honored that employers have come to know and trust MIAT as an effective solution.”
MIAT conducted a feasibility study that included the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicating that NDT jobs are projected to grow by seven percent over the next 10 years. In 2016, the BLS reported that there were 77,000 individuals employed in non-destructive testing/inspection jobs. According to statistics reported by The Houston Chronicle, the average salary for an NDT technician in the greater Houston market in 2018 was $51,277. A search on the job search engine, Indeed, produces nearly 200 open positions for NDT Technicians or related positions in Texas.
“The oil and gas industry has been one of the leading employers in the Houston area for decades. Safety, reliability, government regulations, and environmental sustainability are driving factors for the oil and gas industry to maintain the integrity of its equipment. Non-destructive testing is the most effective way to accomplish this objective, and energy companies employ a variety of NDT specialists. Additionally, the aerospace and aviation industries have some of the most rigorous non-destructive testing requirements,” Willis explained.
All MIAT career education programs are developed collaboratively with industry representatives who serve on Program Advisory Committees. Programs taught at the Houston campus receive Certificates of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commission. MIAT offers morning and evening schedules, career counseling, financial assistance, and housing assistance to accommodate students. The Houston campus can accommodate international students.
Enrollment for the new Non-Destructive Testing program and all other MIAT programs is now open. Tours of the Houston campus are available by appointment. For more information, please visit https://miat.edu/programs/ndt/ or call 1-800- NEW GOAL.
About MIAT College of Technology
MIAT College of Technology was founded in Michigan in 1969 and has built a strong reputation and effective, mutually beneficial working relationships with leading employers throughout the United States. Having almost 50 years of vocational and technical education experience, MIAT serves several hundred students at its 125,000 square-foot headquarters facility in Canton near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and its 56,400 square-foot campus in Houston near the Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Houston campus, which opened in 2010, is approved to accept international students and is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Both campuses offer admissions guidance, career services, financial services, housing assistance, and a Learning Resource Center, and are approved for Federal Military and Veterans Education Benefits (VA).
With the support of highly qualified and actively engaged faculty and staff, MIAT College of Technology has graduated thousands of students since its inception. MIAT equips its students with the industry-relevant skills, experience, relationships and connections to employers that it takes to pursue rewarding technical careers.
MIAT develops its programs and curricula in direct response to feedback and input from industry leaders who are seeking qualified employees. The school collaborates with its employer partners to tailor its programs to address the highest needs and priorities of the end users in the industries that they exist to serve. MIAT graduates gain the confidence and extensive preparation that facilitate a smooth transition into the workplace through their industry-influenced, practical training.
MIAT also offers customized industry-specific training for strategic employment partners locally and nationally, which include the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Siemens, Marathon Oil, DTE, and many others. The Canton campus offers co-op programs with numerous local high schools, and the Houston campus also offers a co-op program via the Houston Independent School District at Sterling High School near Hobby Airport.
In addition to Aviation Maintenance Technology, MIAT offers programs full-time in Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR), Energy, and Wind Power. The school’s curriculum for the Aviation Maintenance Technology Associate in Applied Science degree and Airframe and Powerplant Technician certificate is approved by the FAA under CFR Part 147. MIAT is now also offering programs in Welding at its Houston campus and for Electro-Mechanical Technology at its Canton campus.
For more information, please visit www.miat.edu or call the Canton campus at 800-447-1310 or the Houston campus at 888-547-7047. Tours at each campus are welcome and available by appointment.
MIAT is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).