ATETV Episode 30: Finding Meaning in New Careers

ATETV Episode 30: Finding Meaning in New Careers


>>Coming up next on ATE TV:
Geographical information systems.>>Add man hole, yup it’s the only one in there.>>Computer aided design.>>You can make it 3 dimensional, you
can look at it from all different angles.>>And water treatment technology.>>This is a flowing Artesian well
the dies coming right up there.>>Now on ATE TV. [ Music ] From across the country to your own backyard, ATE TV shows you the many advanced
technological education opportunities available at your local community college. Interested in learning how
GIS Technology can get you out of an office job and
into an exciting new career? Let’s see what’s happening at
Central Piedmont Community College. [ Background noise ]>>My name is Julia Mitchell. I am a student here at Central
Piedmont Community College. I’m in the GIS program, and I’m about
to go into my class and it’s starting.>>We are going to scan and
geo reference, a paper map… copy onto the trimble unit right here.>>We’re going to go out, take some readings,
bring those back and put them in there and match them and identify
those spots on the maps. Central Piedmont Community College
here is an excellent college. The variety of different classes that
they offer was what attracted me to it.>>Add man hole, yup that’s
the only one in there.>>I had always worked in administrative
office management, and needed a change of jobs, or careers, and it was just
perfect timing, there I was. [ Laughing ]>>I have the featured properties.>>Uh-huh.>>Now touch that.>>Yep. So X that out. Click on the pointer button.>>I’ve taken a variety of other college classes but really have never completed a
full associates or degree program.>>You haven’t made it yours yet. Go up a level.>>But we don’t want this one,
this is the one that’s not enough memory>>Being able to work with maps is
something I’ve always found interesting. The GIS capabilities, once I started learning
about them, I just want to learn as much as I can to see what I’d do with it. I don’t have a specific little niche
I want to go into, I’m just interested in learning to see what I can do with it. I am working in the field. I put my name in on the list to
see if there was any employers out there interested in bringing a trainee in,
and I was hired on and I’m doing 3D work now with the mapping, which is what
the company does that I work with. It’s very challenging, it’s very interesting. I’m enjoying it, so…>>Julia’s move from an office management
position into a high paying career as a GIS technician is off to a fast start. Community colleges all across the country offer
similar programs that can help you transition into the expanding world of GIS technology. If you have an interest in visualizing
your ideas into a 3 dimensional world, here’s a tool that’s being used by
architects, engineers, drafters, and artists, that can help you succeed. [ Music ]>>CAD…>>Coronary artery disease.>>Cardiac…>>Another name of one of your friends?>>Academic.>>Camouflage and demolition.>>Had that one baby.>>Had a CAT scan, everything was fine.>>Something, I don’t know. What is this?>>CAD stands for computer aided
design, and what you’re able to do is to basically use lines, different circles,
and you build the likeness of a product and you can make it 3 dimensional, you
can look at it from all different angles. It’s basically you’ve got a picture of that
model that you can look at in any direction.>>So with CAD companies benefit from lower product development costs
and a shortened design cycle. CAD is just one example of a high tech in demand
application being taught at community colleges. Thinking about going back to school
in order to start a new career? Well community colleges across the country offer
technology programs that can prepare you for new and exciting fields in record time. [ Background noise ]>>My name’s Mike Poitras. I attend Bristol Community College
in Fall River Massachusetts. I’m 42 now, I started school again at 38 and
I just never saw myself in a field that… something that I would call
a career that’s for sure. I drove trucks. I thought that’s what I was going
to do for the rest of my life. The money was good, but now I can
exceed that income and do what I enjoy. It’s not like work at all.>>What we’re trying to do is recreate
what’s going on in the treatment plant.>>Everything in life is chemistry. It’s… [laughing] I’m starting to learn. When I started looking into different
fields with a lot of availability for work, there was more in water treatment
technology than anything. Water is depleting all over
the world and we just have more and more need for fresh drinking water. It’s a lot of data collection and you have to
take a lot of samples, you have to record flows, how much water is coming into your
plant, how much is being filtered. You have to work on pumps,
different types of valves. You learn a lot as you go. You get to see the stuff in action. With me it was almost 20 years since I had
had, you know, the math and the chemistry. [ Music ]>>This is a flowing Artesian well.>>If you have an issue with
a class or you need tutoring, they have so much help here
it’s never a problem.>>Even though that well is above
the surface of the ground…>>The programs encourage the internships, and
what happened with me was my instructor set me up with a internship at a desalination plant
that opened locally; state of the art plant, top of the line, it’s 80 million
dollars worth of equipment. After the 2 weeks was up it turned out they
needed to hire a few full time operators, and I didn’t have my license at the time
but because I had the education I had from the school, they were very
comfortable with taking me on. I’ll be getting my water treatment
license in a couple of weeks. Environmental technology
is definitely the future. There’s so many different aspects… the way things are these days, and we
definitely need people in this field. My father always used to tell me if you
like what you do, you won’t work a day in your life, and I haven’t worked a day yet.>>Mike’s decision to take a course in
environmental technology has really worked out. If you think you might be interested
in a career in water treatment, or other environmental sciences, be sure to check out programs offered
at your local community college. For more information on anything you’ve seen
today, explore our website at ATE TV.org. Thanks for watching.

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