Careers Worth Pursuing
1. Less time in school. 2. Money saved on tuition. 3. Plenty of available jobs. 4. Good money with benefits.
Companies in Linn County and beyond are looking for skilled workers to hire right now and in the future. And Linn-Benton Community College wants to teach you the skills you’ll need.
Here is a list of some local industries that are in need of skilled employees. Get a start in these fields and you can find success. Read and visit Linn-Benton Community College’s website to learn more about their industrial technology and medical programs.
Interested in one or more of these fields?
Diagnose, repair and maintain modern automobiles and light trucks including power train systems, steering, suspension and braking systems, electrical systems and electronic controls, automatic transmissions, engine overhaul, air-conditioning service and engine performance.
Major employers include:
- Auto dealerships.
- Auto repair shops.
- Auto and home supply stores.
- Gas and service stations.
Prepare for a career as a Skilled Computer Aid Drafting (CAD) operator. CAD operators can find careers within:
- Civil Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- 3D Graphics and other exciting fields.
This career is often an entry point into design, engineering, management and other related areas with salary increases commensurate with skills.
Diesel technicians repair and maintain the diesel engines that power trains, ships, generators, and the equipment used in highway construction, logging, and farming. Technicians also maintain and repair power train, electrical, and hydraulic systems used in construction equipment, farm equipment, and trucks. Some technicians work for companies that maintain their own vehicles; in these jobs, technicians spend most of their time doing tasks that will help prevent future problems.
In addition to working as repair and diagnostic technicians, graduates can pursue opportunities in areas such as:
- Service departments of distributors and dealers that sell diesel-powered autos, trucks, or farm and construction equipment.
- Bus lines/railways.
- Trucking and marine industries.
- Electric power plants.
- Local industries.
- State and Federal government.
Develop skills in a wide variety of machining processes. Train on manual lathes, milling machines, band saws, surface grinders, drill presses and other equipment. Computer Numeric Control (CNC) training centers on utilization of modern CNC machines and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software.
Major employers include:
- industrial machinery manufacturers
- plastic products manufacturers
- metalworking machinery manufacturers
- motor vehicle manufacturers
- aircraft and parts manufacturers
- metal forging and stamping manufacturers
A mechatronics technician is a cross between a millwright in mechanical skills, an industrial electrician in troubleshooting expertise, and a computer programmer in programming and operating automated equipment including industrial robots and commercial heating and cooling systems. Promoting energy efficiency is a growing aspect of the trade.
Anywhere automated controls are used, you will find applications for Mechatronics skills.
Welding and fabrication is a rewarding career for men and women who enjoy challenges and like to work with their hands. Welding is used in constructing ships, automobiles, bridges, buildings, aircraft equipment and many other products. In the welding process, heat is used to fuse metal pieces together. Soldering and brazing are similar processes that are used on electronic and other small equipment.
After training, move on to positions in welding repair, fabrication, industrial mechanics, and pipefitting.
Medical assistants perform a variety of basic medical duties, primarily in the outpatient setting. These duties may include:
- Taking patient histories.
- Recording patients’ vital signs.
- Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens.
- Preparing patients for exams, X-rays, and procedures.
- Taking patient EKG’s.
- Phlebotomy, wound dressing, and other duties.
Medical assistants may also have clerical duties, which may include completing insurance forms, scheduling appointments, billing, and bookkeeping.
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