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Talk to your family about attending technical training schools

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Talk to your family about attending technical training schools

Maybe you’ve been out of work for a while, or perhaps you’re tired of your current job and want to pursue a career that pays a little better. Whatever your reasons for wanting to sign up for a welding training program or go to electrician schools, chances are you’ll have to pitch the idea to your family.

Outline the benefits

If you’re working at the moment, dropping out of your job to go back to school may not sound like a great idea to your spouse, especially if you’ve got kids. However, if you focus on the benefits of transitioning to a new field, talking about going to technical schools can be a positive conversation.

It may be worth beginning with the financial aspects of why you want to go back to school. Websites like the Bureau of Labor Statistics can provide you with data on employment prospects, forecasted job growth, salary information and other facts that can help people understand the value of switching jobs. If you’ve ever found yourself counting the days until your next paycheck, this could be the perfect way to frame a discussion about your plans.

An eye to the future

Even if things at home are pretty comfortable, you mustn’t stop thinking about the future. With the economy shifting toward globalization and offshoring of American jobs, security and stability are on many people’s minds right now.

Industries such as manufacturing, fabrication and electrical engineering are in desperate need of skilled workers. Not only does this mean greater levels of job security, it also means more choice for where and when you can work. If you want to move to a different state or enjoy greater flexibility when looking for contracts, these fields offer excellent opportunities to do that.

Have you approached your family about going back to school? Tell us about your experiences in the comment space below.

Formal education doesn’t have to end with high school graduation

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Formal education doesn’t have to end with high school graduation

Did your high school graduation ceremony mark the end of your formal education? If so, how much luck have you had finding work or furthering your career with nothing more than a high school diploma? As people across the country slog through some of the worst economic conditions in recent memory, you, and many others, may be thinking about enrolling in technical training schools and picking up where you left off when you walked across your high school’s stage all those years ago.

While some people do just fine with nothing more than a high school diploma under their belt, you may not be as lucky. In fact, there’s plenty of evidence out there that shows wrapping up your formal education after high school won’t help your career goals.

Rutgers University’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development recently released a report that gave detailed information on how 544 high school graduates from the classes of 2006 through 2011 are doing in the current job market. The data doesn’t paint a very pretty picture.

Of the recent graduates who participated in the study, only 8% of them considered their current job to be a career. Around 36% see the position they hold as a stepping stone to a career and 56% are working just to get by.

At the same time, 70% of respondents believe they need more education in order to have a successful career, compared to 30% of people who think their high school diploma is enough.

Whether you’re struggling to find work in a field you care about, or have some unfulfilled career goals, remember that it’s never too late to take classes and start learning again.

Are you a high school graduate who’s thinking about enrolling in technical schools? If so, why have you decided to continue your education at this point in your life? Let us know in the comment space below.

Technical schools see increase in enrollment

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Technical schools see increase in enrollment

The economy is still keeping a lot of people up at night. As unemployment figures continue to worry Wall Street and Main Street alike, many individuals are enrolling in technical training schools to take control of their futures and launch new careers. In fact, according to WCTV News, some schools in Florida are seeing a dramatic increase in enrollment.

Seizing opportunities

Lively Technical Center in Tallahassee recently awarded diplomas to more than 90 students at its graduation ceremony. This represents the largest single graduating class in the school’s history. Woody Hildebrandt, the school’s principal, told the news source that institutions like Lively are making a real difference in people’s lives.

“Any time you have a bad economic situation, [at] technical schools like ours, and colleges and universities, enrollment increases because there are no jobs to be had,” Hildebrandt said, as quoted by the news source. “What this school has done is it has put people back to work. A perfect example of that is our welding program. We had over 80 students in that program, 45 of those have left this semester because they have gained certification and got great jobs around the country.”

Hildebrandt added that around 60 percent of students at the center find work immediately after they complete their training.

If you’re thinking of signing up for a welding training program, there’s never been a better time. The Lively Technical Center is just one success story among many, and you could be a part of the next generation of workers to defy the odds and land a great job in a tough economy.

Serving the community

More than 250 miles away in Orange County, Florida, a new technical school is due to open that will help students acquire new skills and create jobs in the area.

According to WFTV News, Mech Tech is a new institution that promises to teach students the skills they’ll need to land jobs in demanding skilled industries like manufacturing and construction.

Edwin Colon, Mech Tech’s founder, hopes to graduate around 300 students every year. Classes offered will include auto mechanics, diesel work and racing mechanics as well as training in air conditioning and electrical work. More than 70 percent of students completing Mech Tech’s programs have to find work through the school’s network of contacts if the institution is to maintain its accreditation.

“Right here in Orlando, everything moves by trucks. Who fixes them? They need to be maintained, and they have to be repaired,” Colon told the news source. “In 25 years of experience, I would say 90 percent of the beginners will work with someone, and in that period they will learn how to do their own business.”

One instructor at Mech Tech described the school as “a Disneyland for automotive technicians.”

Are you thinking of going to technical schools? What field do you hope to enter when you finish your studies? Let us know in the comment space below.

Technical schools provide quick training for jobseekers

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Technical schools provide quick training for jobseekers

While persistence certainly plays a role in landing a job, never underestimate the importance of good skills and credentials. You can pound the pavement in search of that perfect job for months on end, but if you’re not qualified, you won’t get far.

No matter how badly you want that job today, consider the benefits of enrolling in technical schools to pick up the knowledge and skills you’ll need in your desired field. One of the best things about earning a certificate from a technical college is the fact that it really doesn’t take all that long.

Just look at Georgia’s Savannah Technical College, where students can receive everything from welding training to a background in air conditioning and automotive technologies, according to the school’s website.

At Savannah Tech, it takes three semesters to earn a welding and joining technology diploma, and only one semester to earn an air conditioning electrical technician certificate.

Recently, more than 50 students who took advantage of the programs available at Savannah Tech earned their technical certificates of credit from the school, WSAV reported.

“Due to the economy we’ve seen our enrollment sky rocketing, and with these technical certificates of credit, it’s a great way to come in in a very short time and get the skills our employers need,” Kathy Love, Savannah Tech’s president, told the news source.

Love added that each of the college’s programs have an advisory committee made up of industry leaders. This ensures that the knowledge and skills students are acquiring are exactly what they’ll need for the professions they’re training for.

Do you have an interest in enrolling in technical training schools? If so, how big of a role does time play in your decision? Let us know is the comment space below.

5 Most Common Tools Electricians Work With

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

If you are considering attending electrician school, and are wondering what kind of tools you’ll be working with, here’s a look at the 5 most common electrician’s tools that you’ll be using. The proper tools will help you get the job done in a more professional and efficient manner.

Voltage Tester/Indicator—
As you grow in your experience and skill, you’ll increase your set of testers to cover a broad range of job needs. These are needed to assess the existence and strength of any current running to outlets, boxes and through conduits. Knowing if there’s an existing current can protect you from serious injury. You’ll need testers that meet industry standards for ruggedness, as they’ll end up being dropped and can lose their accuracy and reliability, which is something you really don’t want!

Insulated Screwdriver—
It’s important for the electrician to use insulated screwdrivers, and for obvious reasons. You’ll want a flat and a Phillips set that meets or exceeds industry standards and carries a high voltage rating. A high-end set will also have cushioned grips that are indent-marked for easy identification.

Hole Saw—
These are circular, serrated bits in various sizes ranging from half inch to almost 5 inches; like a hack saw rolled into a circle. You should get these with edges that are either carbide-tipped or diamond grit edged for durability, either in sets or individually. You’ll need these to bore holes into walls to run conduit and for mounting boxes and outlets. They do a much neater and more efficient job than a key hole saw.

Fish Tape—
This is necessary for pulling electrical wiring through conduit and through hollow walls. Fish tape is the only way you’re going to be able to get wiring installed into these hard to reach places. The fish tape is flexible steel or fiberglass with a large eye and comes rolled like a tape measure in lengths of 50 to 240 feet.

Wire Stripper, Pliers and Cutter—
These are must-haves for the electrician. You can’t connect wiring without strippers, since these strip off the colored coating around the wire, and you can’t connect it without cutting it first. Once you connect the wiring, you’ll then cover the connection with a colored cap. You’ll find that in the electrical trade, color coding is widely used for identification. In this trade, proper identification can save your life.

The tools that you acquire should be good quality, rugged, insulated and meet or exceed industry standards. They’ll be dropped many times and tossed into tool boxes. Electricians are exposed to typical job site hazards but also to electrical current, so your tools should be insulated; right down to your gloves and boots. Many employers will also provide you with some tools as well.

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