Written by: Mike Dailey, Industrial Maintenance Instructor CTC East
The Industrial Maintenance Program is having a great year. Our students are working in the shop and will begin preparing for the SkillsUSA Competition at Northwest Community College. This will be our first year to compete and we are all looking forward to this contest. Our club will attend the SkillsUSA Conference on October 29th 2013. This conference will help prepare our students for the upcoming competition and introduce our students to the Skills Organization.
Our first field trip was on September 27th 2013 to Northwest Community College. Our students toured the technical/Vocational programs offered. The students had a great time and were very interested in the programs. Their favorite programs were the John Deere Agriculture Program and the Certified Mechanics programs. The students were also impressed with the buffet lunch after the trip.
Our students will start Oxy/fuel welding training in a few weeks and arc welding will come later. These are some of the student’s favorite subjects but we learn so much more. We learn about pumps, electricity, piping, hand tools, machinery, power tools, metal fabrication and much more.
Our students completed an online assessment of technical programs and found that the median pay for Industrial Maintenance Technicians is around $55,000.00 per year. The job market is wide open and there are not enough techs for the job available. Our program is a great place to start and Northwest can finish the training to get students employed. Our program offers college credit with completion to get students started at Northwest in the Electronics and Instrumentation Program.