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Photo of Auto MechanicGrow your employees' skills and grow your profits.

Industrial Technology. Rewarding careers for employees with mechanical and technical skills.

Looking for ways to improve or broaden your employees' skills to help them transition into new careers in your organization?

Consider the wealth of options available in the area of industrial technology.

Industrial technology remains one of the 10 fastest growth areas in the U.S. economy today. This umbrella term covers a broad range of mechanical and technical careers, including construction, cabinetry, CAD, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, roofing, green/sustainable building, solar, and the mechanical trades: auto, diesel, welding, and heavy equipment operation.

Careers with long-term potential

Many industrial technology employers locally and nationwide are desperately looking for qualified workers. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that more than 1,000,000 new industrial technology jobs will be needed by the year 2012 — particularly in the areas of green technologies — with much of the U.S. infrastructure aging, the baby boomers retiring, and the critical need to address global warming growing exponentially.

As a result, this is an area that still offers lots of job security and career mobility for men and women. Every community in the nation needs people with these skills — they are jobs that cannot be outsourced.

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Cabrillo College, the Santa Cruz County Regional Occupation Program, local high schools and union apprenticeship programs offer excellent and affordable training programs in various areas of industrial technology.

These programs give students the chance to learn from highly trained instructors using state-of-the-art equipment. Once the students complete this training (usually a two-year program), they have the skills and knowledge to earn the appropriate licenses and certifications to work in the field. Many of them even graduate with the appropriate credentialing. Which means they're ready to "hit the ground running" and start working the day they finish their studies.

These local training programs are also an excellent source for new workers — highly skilled and motivated individuals who are ideal candidates to replace employees who retire or relocate.