Bring-a-Friend Days at Rosedale Tech

At Rosedale Tech, we believe that potential students should have the opportunity to not only tour our facilities, but also experience hands-on what a typical day will be like for them in our automotive, collision repair, diesel, electrical, HVAC, industrial technician, and welding programs. This service is what we call shadow days, which allow for potential students to spend a day in class with current students. As a way to extend this opportunity to a larger group, Rosedale 13133272_10153396724511441_7445999982782862332_nTech began to offer Bring-a-Friend Days.

The concept is simple: if a student has a friend or family member who is trying to decide on a career or career change or is interested in pursuing opportunities in the trades, they are invited to bring this person to school for the pre-scheduled day. The friends sit in on theory, experience some time in the labs and even get to tour the rest of the school to learn about the other program offerings.

If you or someone you know is interested in scheduling a shadow day to learn about our automotive, collision repair, diesel, electrical, HVAC, industrial technician, and welding programs, please call us at (412) 521-6200.

IDEAL Nationals Electrical Competitions at Rosedale Tech

As part of their centennial celebration, IDEAL Industries, a global, diversified family business designing and manufacturing superior products and tools for professional tradesmen in the electrical, wire processing, data IMG_0801communications, aerospace, automotive and construction industries, has announced it’s first-ever IDEAL National Championship event.  The three-round competition is open to professionals, students and apprentices in the electrical field across the country as a way to honor and showcase their abilities.

IDEAL Electrical, the world leader in electrical tools and wire termination, will begin the competition with a series of preliminary events where winners are awarded with tool kits and an opportunity to compete in the semi-finals and finals at Walt Disney World® in Orlando.

The competitions kicked off in May and will run until October.  Professional electrical tradesmen and students/apprentices can participate either as an individual or a team of three in one of the many first-round events being held across the country by electrical distributors, trade schools and other organizations across the nation.

Contestants will need to demonstrate both their problem-solving and physical skills across four categories: wire cutting, stripping, termination and testing through a multi-station speed test judged by fastest completion time and IMG_0805overall accuracy of the wire connection. The highest scores at each location will be recorded, and the top 10 professionals and top 10 students will be displayed on the IDEAL Nationals website.

Rankings will be posted online and updated daily. The top 67 professional tradesmen and top 67 students/apprentices with the fastest times (participating as individuals) will advance to the semi-finals taking place on November 11. The top five professional tradesmen and student/apprentice teams with the fastest times from the first-round events, will head straight to the finals and compete on November 12 for the IDEAL National Championship title. Those individuals advancing to the semi-finals and teams advancing directly to the finals will also receive a 13-piece tool kit (valued at $325 dollars) and travel accommodations provided by IDEAL.

IMG_0817Winners of the final competition have the opportunity to win cash prizes that can be up to $75,000 for the winning professional electrical tradesman; $60,000 for the winning professional electrical tradesmen team (split amongst the team); $30,000 (plus $5,000 for school) for the winning student/apprentice; and $30,000 (plus $5,000 for school) for the winning student/apprentice team (split amongst the team).  Cash prizes will also be awarded to second and third place winners in each category.

Rosedale Technical College will be hosting a series of competitions at its facilities.  The competitions are open to outside professionals and students interested in competing.

The next scheduled competition at Rosedale Tech is Saturday, August 27 from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.  To register for an upcoming competition, visit www.idealnationals.com.

Rosedale Technical College’s Spring Career Fairs Show Demand for Skilled Technicians

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Rosedale Technical College hosts careers fairs twice a year at its growing Pittsburgh campus.  This spring, Rosedale Tech welcomed a total of 88 employers looking to hire trained technicians in automotive, collision repair, diesel, electrical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), industrial technician, truck driving and welding.

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Rosedale Gains Media Attention as Women’s Interests Increase in the Trades

Women’s Interests Increase in the Trades

This week, Rosedale Technical College and several students and staff members were featured in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article as well as a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article that explored the increase of female students in trade schools. While positions such as auto and diesel mechanics, electrical technology technicians, or HVAC and welding technicians have traditionally been male-dominated (as of 2013, women hold just 1.8 percent of jobs for automotive service technicians and mechanics, according to this report), in the past few years, women are entering the trades in greater numbers.

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Rosedale Technical College Host of SkillsUSA District 8 Regional Competition

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Rosedale Technical College recently hosted 48 high school students from career training centers in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area for this year’s SkillsUSA District 8 Regional Competition.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that partners with over 300,000 students, teachers and industry workers annually to serve as an advocate for specialized career training to ensure America has a skilled workforce for the future.  The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.

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As part of the competition, students participated in hands-on skills tests in areas of automotive, diesel, electrical, HVAC and welding.  In addition, they also competed in a series of soft skills assessments.

Students who won their test categories during the competition have earned a berth to the state competition, which will take place April 13-15 in central Pennsylvania in Lebanon and Hershey to compete with students from eastern and central Pennsylvania.

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