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MIAT College of Technology Houston Campus Expands Welding Program to Accommodate More Students and Highlights Demand for Skilled Workers During National Welding Month

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The Houston campus of MIAT
College of Technology
is playing a strategic role in addressing the
growing demand for qualified welders and other skilled workers. MIAT
College of Technology Houston Campus President John Willis
deemed National
Welding Month
this April an appropriate time to explain how his
faculty and staff are accommodating students and employers in the Gulf
Coast Region, throughout the nation, and the rest of the world.

MIAT launched 3-month, 7-month and 9-month welding programs at its
Houston campus last summer. Due to the popularity of the Welding
Technology program, the Houston campus has already increased its
capacity to accommodate more students by installing 29 welding booths
equipped with state-of-the-art instruction and adding more morning and
evening classes.

“Enrollment in MIAT’s Welding
at our Houston Campus is steadily rising. We are
extremely pleased to be in this enviable position to be adding more
welding booths and more classes,” Willis commented. “Welding has a huge
impact on virtually every aspect of daily life that many of us
unwittingly take for granted. Welders play a key role in making the
world a better, safer place by assisting in the manufacture and assembly
of personal and commercial vehicles and aircraft, constructing hospitals
and schools, and erecting bridges and overpasses – structures and
products that are commonplace in industrialized societies such as ours.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, projected employment
for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is expected to reach
427,300 by 2026 – an increase of 6 percent over 2016 employment of
404,800. The BLS attributes this growth to importance and versatility of
welding across the manufacturing process, which are similar regardless
of industry sector and leads to “employment security.” Also, the
nation’s aging infrastructure is driving the demand for welders,
cutters, solderers, and brazers to assist with revamping upgrade
bridges, highways and buildings. Still others are needed to support the
construction of new power generation facilities and pipelines used for
transporting oil and natural gas. (Source:

About MIAT’s Welding Technology Program

Juan Bernal, lead welding instructor at MIAT’s Houston campus,
provided additional insights and information.

“Our program is gaining traction because of its clean, safe, and
comfortable climate-controlled environment. We offer more hands-on
training than many other career college programs. We also offer
classroom and text book instruction that complements the hands-on
portion of the training. I see that our students are also enjoying
working with our new welding equipment and appreciate our very good
exhaust system,” Bernal shared.

The types of equipment being used in the MIAT Welding Shop are
multi-process welding machines such as Miller Dimension 650s, ESAB Rebel
285s, Lincoln Flextec 500, Oxy-acetylene track torches, Oxy-acetylene
pipe bevellers, hydraulic band saw, angle grinders and other hand tools
needed for welding.

“What makes this special for everyone is that this will be some of the
equipment that they might encounter in the field/industry. Having access
to a diverse range of welding machines gives our students the
opportunity to see some of the many welding machines operate. Employers
are looking for skilled workers to come into the field not only knowing
the trade but having a solid work ethic and working with a safety
mindset. In our program at MIAT, I enforce a good work ethic and safety
as the highest priorities,” Bernal added.

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 40,400 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 Career and Technical Education 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

For more information, please visit
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

MIAT is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and
Colleges (ACCSC).