Becoming a Jack of All Trades

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Are you having a hard time choosing a career path, or are you thinking about changing careers? Choosing a career can be a tough choice for many people. Especially if you are the type of person that doesn’t want to sit behind a desk all day. Don’t worry, there are a lot of options for you in industries that are hands-on and active.

If you’re the type of person that likes to jump in and get the job done, automotive, HVAC, and welding are all potential careers that can be fun and engaging. But if you are having a hard time choosing just one avenue to pursue, consider doing a little bit of everything and become a “Jack of All Trades” and pursue the Industrial Technician field! This career is for those who love doing something different every day and learning new things as they go.

What is an Industrial Technician?

An Industrial Technician is the guy (or gal!) that can figure out how to fix nearly anything! Industrial Technicians get to do a variety of things on any given day. As an Industrial Technician, you may be working on manufacturing equipment in a factory, or you could be tasked with repairing heavy machinery at the mines. There is high demand for workers with this skill set because businesses that use any kind of mechanics or machinery could use the help of someone trained to maintain and repair that machinery. According the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook for Industrial Technicians is bright with a projected growth rate of 16% from 2014-2024. The job growth in this trade is higher than the 7% growth rate average for all other occupations! This is great news for anyone thinking about becoming an Industrial Technician!

Become an Industrial Technician

More great news about becoming an Industrial Technician is that the education path is also experiential and exciting! During your education and training, you can learn about hydraulics, electrical, blueprint reading, and welding, just to name a few, and you get the opportunity to work with many of the things you may encounter in the workforce. Also, you can learn skills that could help you when you encounter something you may not have a lot of experience with. Your training at Rosedale Tech coupled with hard work and practice can give you a very unique skill set!
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Learn to Become an Industrial Technician

At Rosedale Technical College, we’ve designed our Industrial Technician program to teach the skills you want for your future. The instructors at Rosedale Tech all have extensive experience, and many of them are business owners, operators, and industry influencers. One of our instructors, ScannerDanner, is a great example of the leadership we have here! They can pass their expertise onto you and the curriculum taught at Rosedale is interactive, hands on, and comprehensive.

What are you waiting for? Start your journey towards an exciting career as an Industrial Technician! If you’re interested in learning more about becoming an Industrial Technician you can schedule a tour of Rosedale Tech. You can also request more information here.

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Selecting the Right Fit for YOU When it Comes to Higher Education

There are a lot of things to consider when deciding on where to pursue higher education. While there’s no magic formula for making the selection, it’s important to identify what areas are important to YOU. Understanding the different options available to you is crucial because not everyone is made for the same type of learning environment.

When exploring your options for higher education, here are a few things to consider:

The Type of School

There are several types of higher education that you can choose to pursue. Take your time to look at all of the options. Traditional four-year colleges and universities usually offer a more common type of learning environment. Community colleges and junior colleges mimic a similar environment to a college or university, but commonly take less time to complete. Career schools and career colleges offer specialized skills or training that can allow you to complete them in two years or less; many people see these options as a way to get on the career fast track.

Each type of school has advantages and disadvantages for an individual. That’s why we want to stress the importance of exploring all the options.

The Location

Many options for higher education are available nationally and internationally. Take the time to pinpoint the right location. This is a critical decision when it comes to choosing an educational institution. Ask yourself:

  • Do I want to stay close to home?
  • Do I want to explore other areas?
  • Do I want to commute from my current home?
  • Do I want to move?
  • Does the school I want offer student housing?
  • If the school I want doesn’t offer student housing, will I be able to find off-campus housing?
  • What is the cost of living in the area?

In order to make an informed decision, you should be considering all of these topics before committing.

The Size of the School

You should enter the search for a school with an idea in mind about how big your ideal school is. Think of size in terms of the campus and the student body. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Will I need a car to get to class?
  • Can I walk to class if necessary?
  • Do I want to work in larger or smaller groups?
  • Do I prefer a larger class size?
  • Do I want a more intimate learning environment?

The Length of Program or Certifications

The time it takes to complete a program, certification, or course will vary by type of school you’ve chosen. Typically, traditional colleges and universities take four years to complete, and depending on the program and student, they may take more.

Community and junior colleges take, on average, two years to complete. Sometimes these colleges can offer technical or vocational courses, too.

Career schools and colleges vary in length depending on the certification. Oftentimes, a program can take one to two years to complete. Certification programs can range from weeks to months.

The Available Student Services

When researching schools, take a look at what student services they offer. The services can range from tutoring to career counseling. Consider the following:

  • Do they offer any type of career services?
  • Do they offering tutoring?
  • Do they offer counseling?
  • Is there a health care center?

Make a list of what is important to you, and take it with you when you’re touring schools. Ask about the services they have, and what they can do to help you with questions about services they don’t.

The Types of Student Activities

Are you interested in doing activities outside or in school? What will be available to you?

  • Do you want to play a sport?
  • Are you interested in having access to a fitness center?
  • Are there any clubs or organizations you want to participate in?

The Cost

Higher education is an important investment. It is extremely important to know the cost of your education and how you can pay for it. When you tour a school, ask about financial services, what the annual cost is, tuition, and keep in mind that the cost will affect the time it is going to take to complete the program. Ask other questions like:

  • Could I get one-on-one time with the financial aid officers?
  • Can someone help me create a customized financial plan that outlines all costs?
  • What other costs would I be responsible for? (Think books, room and board, food, parking, etc.)

What’s Right for You?

The short answer is this: not every school is going to be the right fit for every student. That’s why we offer this advice to students who are doing their research. While these topics don’t cover all factors in selecting a school, you need to prioritize what is important to you to find out what will be the right move. For more information on other areas to consider, check out this College Tour Guide. You can print it out and take it with you on college visits to answer questions on several topics that you should consider before making a final decision. Good luck to you and your educational endeavors!

Industry Influencers You Should Follow Now

There are so many progressive advancements being made in the world of trades. From automotive technology and truck driving to welding, it’s hard to stay up to speed on the newest tips, tricks, and trends. We think that social media is a great way to stay up to date within your trade. Good news for you, we’ve put together a list of our favorite industry leading accounts that we think you should follow!

Eric The Car Guy

Eric the Car Guy graduated from, you guessed it, Rosedale Tech! He graduated in 1996 and the rest is history. He has worked his way up and now he gets to do what he loves! The best part is, he shares it all with his fans. He has an entire website, blog, and numerous social platforms dedicated to his extensive knowledge of automobiles, automotive HVAC and even automotive electrical. We are so proud of things Eric has accomplished! You can find him on his website, Youtube channel, or Instagram.

Popular Mechanics

The Popular Mechanics blog is a combination of cars, how-tos, industry news, technology, and so much more! We personally love their car section but there are plenty of subjects to spark all of your interests. You can check out their website, Instagram or Youtube channel.

Welding Tips and Tricks

This site is exactly what it sounds like! You will no longer need to search and search for welding hack because there is good chance that this page holds them all. Anyone interested in the craft can surely appreciate a welder that simply likes to learn and help others do the same! Check out their website and Youtube page to see what all the fuss is about!

Truck Daily

This is an account designed for all the truck lovers out there. Get your daily dose of trucks, engines, off-roading and just about anything pertaining to trucks you can think of. This is a great place to scope out your ideal dream ride. Check them out on their Instagram, Youtube channel or visit their website!

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Your Mechanic

If you are looking for a place to get some solid car advice, this this the account for you. They have fun facts, informational articles, industry news and a stellar Q&A section. If you are more of a visual person, check out their Instagram account, @yourmechanic. For more content you can visit their website or youtube channel!

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Unobtainium Welding

This welding account is the welder’s dream. They specialize in exotic and precision welding. If you love looking at perfectly welded items or if you love seeking out inspiration, search no more! Learn more about Unobtainium Welding at their website or their Instagram page.

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Scanner Danner

Last but not least, Scanner Danner! We have to toot our horn for a minute because Scanner Danner is one of Rosedale Tech’s very own. He is an ASE L1 certified Master Technician with 23+ years of experience in the field and has been an educator at our school for over 15 years. His account corresponds closely with the book that he has written himself. You can learn about diagnostic strategies and testing procedures on his channel. Check out Scanner Danner on his website or his Youtube channel.

Do you dream of someday doing what these guys do and envy their extenstive industry knowledge? Visit our program page and and contact us tp learn more about getting a career in the trades.

Our Automotive Program and How to Change Your Own Oil

Rosedale Technical College offers an Automotive Technology program. If you love to change your own oil and perform other basic car maintenance tasks, or you have always loved cars and other vehicles, you may find a rewarding career in automotive technology. See below for a helpful how-to infographic and more information on our program!

What Our Program is About

Our automotive tech program is about teaching our students proper maintenance and repairs for vehicles, a skill that is rising in demand. It is about teaching students to work with equipment that you would find in a commercial garage like lifts, digital and manual wheel alignment machines, and more.

Before completing our program, our students are offered the chance to take ASE Certifications. An ASE Certification is almost necessary in any professional automotive career. A certification promotes excellence in the fields of automotive repairs and maintenance. Our end goal, for all of our courses, is to teach students the skills that they need to potentially obtain a professional career after they graduate.

The Ideal Student

Who is our Automotive Technology course for? It may be the perfect fit for you if:
– You are interested in changing your own oil, tires, or doing other basic car maintenance work.
– You are detail oriented.
– You want to be a trusted authority.
– You like to take things apart.
– You are a problem solver.
– You are a troubleshooter.
– You are good with customers.
– You love working in a shop environment.

Our automotive tech students are often visual and kinesthetic learners. They have often worked in a job or career that required them to work with their hands and be on their feet. Nine to five desk jobs aren’t for everyone, and that’s okay! Our students have learned that there are many alternative options to the typical office job.

6 steps to changing your oil

Have you ever been changing your car’s oil and realized that you love working on cars? Have you ever helped out a friend or family member with your knack for automotives? If that sounds like you, it’s time to check out our Automotive Technology program and turn your favorite hobby into a career! See our program page to find out what it takes!