Academy Roofing is a local roofing contractor based in Aurora, Colorado. They have built a reputation over their nearly forty-year history as one of the premier roofing companies in the state. And they love students from Pickens Technical College’s Construction Technology and Property Maintenance programs.
Both the Construction Technology and Property Maintenance programs at PTC prepare students to work on properties in various ways. Construction Technology is taught by Greg Shamburg, who has spent the last twenty-nine years teaching at PTC. After learning in Shamburg’s classroom and by working on real projects, many students become cost estimators, building inspectors, construction managers, and specialized tradesmen and women. Students can earn both their Construction Technology Certificate and their Advanced Methods Certificate in construction after completing their course in Construction Technology.
PTC’s Property Maintenance program gives students the entry-level skills to perform inspections, complete preventative maintenance, and complete repairs on residential and commercial properties. After completing their Property Maintenance course, students can earn a Property Maintenance Certificate, which they can use to find a job in the construction or maintenance fields.
Academy Roofing looks for skilled workers in the construction field to give their community the best possible service in the roofing industry. In the state of Colorado, having a sturdy roof you can rely on is essential. For both residential and commercial customers across the state, Academy Roofing is there to help choose the right plan for their needs and budget.
According to Academy Roofing, “Your home is your castle. You want to make sure it’s not only up to code, but will last for as long as you own your home. In addition to new roof replacement and repairs, we offer a wide selection of products…”
These products include gutter installation and cleaning services, insulation installation for roofs, walkable deck systems, and more. This wide range of services and products demands professionals familiar with working on these kinds of projects. Students in PTC’s Property Maintenance and Construction Technology programs come out well-equipped to handle these projects and more.
Many of Academy Roofing’s customers are businesses throughout the state. Academy needs workers who can work with asphalt roofs, tile roofs, metal and fabricated metal roofs, metal wall panels, and more. Academy knows it can rely on students from PTC because they come from their Construction Technology and Property Maintenance courses with a well-established background in working with all of these materials.
An important part of any construction or maintenance job, especially with a local company, is customer service and communication. PTC students learn how to provide inspections and cost estimates while providing customers with their best, most cost-effective options. Working alongside other students and with the instructor builds teamwork and communication skills that go a long way in any construction job, especially roofing jobs with Academy Roofing.
Academy Roofing is one of the many local businesses lining up to hire PTC students. They know that PTC students come with experience and skill, and they are happy to help local workers find local jobs.
Last school year, the Precision Machining department at Pickens Technical College changed its name to Advanced Manufacturing because it’s no longer all about machining in this field. With the use of advanced software, three-dimensional printers, laser engravers, and computer numerical control (CNC) equipment, the manufacturing sector is advancing quickly, leaving those without the training to use these new devices and equipment in the dust.
Instructors Michael Townsend and Sean Hennessy wanted to re-focus their curriculum on the new technology disrupting the manufacturing sector, especially in the United States. With a new course title came a new emphasis on preparing students for a career in this rapidly-changing environment.
With classes starting, the revamped Advanced Manufacturing department is ready to help students learn the new standards in this industry, which can offer excellent opportunities to all workers, even entry-level employees who want to move up and improve their careers over time. Townsend and Hennessy teach their students how to impress in the private sector by giving them the time they need to learn how to use CNC equipment, which involves proper programming, set-up, and operation to use to its fullest potential.
While CNC equipment and 3D printers unlock limitless potential for manufacturing designers and other professionals, using them correctly is not easy. With a new wave or students starting their education in advanced manufacturing, the industry will see more proficiency in using advanced technology and techniques to rethink what manufacturing processes can produce.
PTC is all about putting students in the driver’s seat when it comes to their education. The Advanced Manufacturing department at PTC gives students the opportunity to gain experience using new tools and processes in the Job Shop, where they produce customer products using the skills and theories they have learned. In an industry that has experienced large changes over a relatively short period of time, it’s critical that all entry-level workers get their foot in the door by gaining experience with their education. Books and classroom instruction are critical, but so is experience, and at PTC, students get both in the Advanced Manufacturing department.
Stop by the manufacturing classroom or shop to see what the students there are creating. Classes have begun for this year, but it’s never too late to make a change and begin the process of starting your career anew by gaining experience and education in this exciting field. Talk to Michael Townsend or Sean Hennessy and find out how they prepare students for the next step in their careers, and how to get a first-rate education in manufacturing that will get you a job. Both instructors have contacts and connections with local businesses that often look to PTC first when hiring new workers. Local machine shops and manufacturing businesses in the Denver area know they can trust PTC students to come in and do an excellent job because they already have experience with the advanced manufacturing techniques and processes that are now defining the industry.
There are several new faces in the Career Services Office at Pickens Technical College for the upcoming school year. They are here to help you find the perfect fit for your interests & career goals and then support your employment search or your next step in your education. Jenise Rosa, Raechel Anderson, and Lori Loretta are setting up shop to help you find a great career after PTC.
The Career Services Office helps students build their job-seeking skills, from interview preparation to resume writing, and build the network students need to succeed in their careers after PTC. The friendly staffers in the Career Services Office use the College Central Network to find opportunities to help students complete their training in one of PTC’s hands-on, career-focused classes, build their resume, and finding the perfect job for them.
I posed a few questions to Rosa, Anderson, and Loretta in Career Services Office to find out a little more about the services they provide to help you build your dream career. Here are a few of their responses.
First, as Jenise Rosa pointed out, the staffers are not career counselors, but rather career advisors, an important distinction. PTC’s career advisors will help you develop the tools you need to build your career with what you have now.
Rosa explained their role and how they achieve their goals to me:
“There are many facets to supporting students throughout this process…the first being to ensure that they are in the program that is the best fit for them based on their interest, skills, strengths, and their family. Throughout their program our team provides students with many resources and opportunities to guide them. Some of these include participation in: CTSOs (Career and Technical Student Organizations) which gives them the opportunity to demonstrate their skills at the district, state, and potentially national level, employment fairs, web-based job search engines (College Career Network), internships, job shadowing, etc.”
These professionals can help you with all aspects of your job search before and after you leave PTC, including “supporting students with resume writing and interview preparation all of which are integral and vital to a successful job search.”
Some of their biggest challenges this school year will dealing with all of the changes coming to the school and to help students by providing expanding services: “This year there are many changes that are being put in place at Pickens – we all know that change can be scary at times and that it is also critical for our changing and ever-evolving world. Our Career Services department will be working towards a more comprehensive support structure for our students in order to increase recruitment, retainment, engagement and employment.”
So the Career Services Office will become even more accessible and useful for students to get the right job for them after their time at PTC. In order to get the most out of this staff and all the help they can give you, check in with them, show your face, work with them to set yourself up for success after you have received all the training and education you need for a great career.
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