Workforce Wednesday: Heavy Diesel Technology

Heavy diesel technology is a profession that keeps boats, bulldozers, semi trucks and cranes running year-round.

Diesel mechanics begin earning $18 to $30 an hour to well over $100,000 a year, depending on experience.

Mechanics should have clean driving records, be able to pass a drug test and be willing to learn as technology continues to grow.

The University of Alaska Anchorage has a diesel power technology program that offers a one-year undergraduate certificate and a two-year associate degree. Jeff Libby, the director of the division, says it’s a field with a lot of potential for growth.

“We have jobs in the maritime industry, with the seafood processing industry, and construction, mining, trucking industry is pretty supportive of us,” he said. “And our program is NATEF accredited, the National Automotive Technology Education Foundation, the only one in Alaska that has the accreditation. It’s a big deal.”

Libby says they’ve seen a 20 percent increase in enrollment in the past two years, due to the job demand and pay.

To find out who’s hiring, watch the video above or contact the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium on its website.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Heavy Diesel Technology » KTVA 11

New Apprenticeship programs Aim to Train Alaska Workers Amid a Tough Job Market

The state is expected to see another year of job losses. But some fields are embarking on new training programs.

The Alaska Air Carriers Association is developing new apprenticeships for future pilots and mechanics. The Alaska Primary Care Association wants to train people to be health workers, medical billers or medical assistants. Alaska Native corporation Calista Corp. just announced a new maritime apprenticeship program.

The hope is that they’ll be able to help steer some Alaskans into areas where they might be able to find careers, despite the state’s economic downturn.

Read the full article here.

Source: New apprenticeship programs aim to train Alaska workers amid a tough job market – Alaska Dispatch News

Governor Walker Proclaims CTE Month in Alaska!

febctemonthAs the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) celebrates the annual national CTE month, Governor Walker proclaims CTE month in Alaska!

Learn more about CTE Month nationally at ACTE.

Read the full proclamation here.

Download a PDF copy of the proclamation here or by clicking the image to the right.

Who are Alaska’s CTE students and how are they doing? Download the 2015-2016 statewide averages produced by the CTE Department at the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.alaskactestudents

Alaska Maritime Apprenticeship Program – Provided by Calista Corp.


Calista Corporation has created a multi-employer, three-tiered apprenticeship program with different pathways for apprentices to grow: Deck side, Engine Room and Galley/Kitchen. Each tier allows the apprentice to grow into the next tier as they gain certifications and sea time.

Apprentices have two apprenticeship tracks to choose from, Traditional or Subsistence. To meet the subsistence needs of the Alaskan lifestyle, apprentices may have the option of taking time off to provide and prepare for their families. This option will need to be agreed upon by both the employer and apprentice prior to starting the apprenticeship.

The mission is to increase Alaskan hire in the maritime industry while meeting the subsistence needs of the Alaskan lifestyle.

Find out more information, how to apply and who Calista Corp. is partnering with at: http://akmaritimeapp.com/.

Source: Alaska Maritime Apprenticeship Program – Provided by Calista Corp.

UAA Community & Technical College Ranked Among the Best Automotive Mechanic Schools in the Nation


TheBestSchools.org just released their rankings of automotive mechanic schools and the University of Alaska Community and Technical College placed 13th in the nation.

Click here to read the full article.

#13 University of Alaska Anchorage – Community and Technical College

The University of Alaska Anchorage, the largest university in Alaska, is a public university that offers a straightforward approach to the study of automotive technology through its Community and Technical College division.

The school is career-focused, and the courses are modeled after corporate training programs, and based on ASE certification standards. It offers the unique option of the General Motors ASEP program, which specifically prepares students for automotive service career on GM vehicles, through partnering with GM dealerships. This provides strong career recruitment potential, as well as paid, on-the-job experience, and prepares students for Master ASE-certification.

The courses have small class sizes, and take a hands-on approach, allowing students to gain valuable experience with a wide variety of vehicles, working closely alongside instructors and peers.

The University of Alaska Anchorage is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on College and Universities (NWCCU) and its automotive programs are accredited by NATEF.

Degree Programs:

  • Associate of Applied Science – Automotive Technology with focus in General Automotive, or with focus in General Motors ASEP
  • Associate of Applied Science – Diesel Power Technology

Other Programs:

  • Certificate – Automotive Technology
  • Certificate – Diesel Power Technology

Source: The 20 Best Automotive Mechanic Schools | The Best Schools