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4 Soft Skills You Need as an Automotive Technician

4 Soft Skills You Need as an Automotive Technician

Have you wondered what a career as an automotive technician is really like? There’s more to being an automotive technician than hands-on vehicle repair and maintenance. To be successful as an automotive technician, you need both concrete and soft skills. These soft skills will help you successfully stay on task as an automotive technician: Customer-service skills Automotive technicians must be able to effectively communicate automotive problems and options for repair with customers. Interacting with customers and answering their questions in a good-natured and courteous manner is important to retaining their business. Detail oriented When inspecting and repairing vehicle systems, … [Read more...]

Take your career to new heights in low voltage

low voltage career

Low voltage systems are everywhere. We see them in our homes from cable/satellite TV and home theater systems to fire alarms and home security systems. We see them in various industries from intercom and card reader systems to solar and wind technology. All of these complex pieces of equipment need to be installed and maintained by qualified technicians. If a career that gets you out in the field, using your hands and solving problems, sounds good to you, Porter and Chester Institute's Career Electronics Systems Technician program can take your career to new heights! PCI's Career Electronics Systems Technician program teaches students how to install, maintain and repair low voltage … [Read more...]

Do you have the skills to excel in vocational training?

Vocational Training Skills

Find the right type of education to meet your interests Are you deciding what type of education is right for you? Many find a four-year college major doesn't feel like the right fit, and that vocational training better suits their skillset. Take a moment to consider whether vocational training is right for you. Are you a fast learner? Vocational training can often lead to a quicker entry into the workforce. Many programs can be completed in as few as 12 months, affording graduates the opportunity to get to work faster than other options. Rather than spending time on unrelated coursework, students instead focus on industry-modeled curriculum specific to their career interest. Do you enjoy … [Read more...]

Get the Job Done Right

Trade Skills Careers at Porter and Chester Institute

You're ready to combine physical activity with technical know-how to start a skilled trades career. But are you ready to get the job done right? Employers in skilled trades and technical fields prefer to hire applicants with postsecondary education. Programs at trade schools generally last 12 months or less and offer focused career training through classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Developing strengths in mechanical skills, troubleshooting skills, time-management and customer communication is essential to getting the job done right. At Porter and Chester Institute, our intensive trades and technical training programs are designed to help you get started in a skilled trades … [Read more...]

Are you ready to get to work in a healthcare career?

Healthcare Careers at PCI

Are you ready to help people and make a difference in your community? Healthcare careers combine compassion with technical know-how to impact patients' lives. Developing strengths in analytical skills, hands-on care and customer communication can propel you to a new career in the healthcare field. At Porter and Chester Institute, we can help you get the training you need to make a difference. Check out these healthcare programs at PCI: Dental Assisting: Dental assistants provide quality patient care and help make going to the dentist a more pleasant experience! Medical Assisting: Medical assistants play a vital role in today's healthcare field by helping with a wide range of clinical … [Read more...]

Why You Should Choose a Career in Plumbing

Why you should choose a career in plumbing

Where there are pipes, septic systems, heating and cooling there will always be a need for plumbers. Plumbers install and repair water, drainage, gas, and other piping systems in homes, businesses, and factories. If you’re eager to begin a career as a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter, here are a few reasons to enter the plumbing field. Plumbers are in-demand Demand for plumbers will stem from new construction and the need to maintain and repair existing residential plumbing systems. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The … [Read more...]

What Does a Practical Nurse Do?

What does a Practical Nurse Do?

As the baby-boom population ages, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) will be needed to care for older patients. LPN jobs are projected to grow 12% by 2026, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. But what does a practical nurse do? As an LPN, you can provide basic nursing care under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. Practical nursing jobs can be rewarding, fulfilling, and full of positive opportunities. If you like helping others and you want a job that's in demand, here are a few of the reasons to consider a practical nursing career: Working hands-on with patients LPNs provide for the comfort of patients by helping them bathe or dress, and changing … [Read more...]

Announcing our New London Campus

PCI New London

Find the right career for you at Porter and Chester Institute's soon-to-be New London campus! The industry-modeled career training which will soon be available at our 470 Banks Street, New London, CT location can help you achieve the future you deserve. PCI's carefully designed career-focused programs can give you an edge in the medical, dental or electrician fields. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or looking for a career change, you may be considering furthering your education and Porter and Chester Institute is here to help! Schedule a visit to the New London campus or one of the other locations today! The New London campus is a candidate for accreditation by ACCSC, an … [Read more...]

Is a Career in Computer Aided Drafting and Design Right for You?

Is a career in CADD right for you?

Products from microchips to monster trucks start with the skills learned in computer aided drafting and design. Drafters, often referred to as CAD operators due to the popular use of CAD systems and computer-aided designs, turn architectural and mechanical concepts into computerized drawings. They create 2D and 3D drawings used in construction, manufacturing and engineering, and generate plans that illustrate the structure and function of residential, industrial, commercial, or public structures and buildings. If you have a technical and creative mind, a drafting career might be right for you! Additionally, these are skills common among drafters across the board: Problem-solving … [Read more...]

Why Women Should Consider a Career in the Skilled Trades

Why women should consider a career in the skilled trades

Opportunity is just one of the reasons the skilled trades could be a fit for you During World War II, women in America filled the skilled trades job roles and kept the economy afloat, serving as plumbers, mechanics and welders. However, only about 8.9% of skilled trades workers in America are female today. The skills gap in America continues to widen, and employers are looking for skilled workers to fill necessary job positions. With nearly half of the workforce in America being female, women are underrepresented in skilled careers like electricians or HVACR technicians at 2.4% and 1.2%, respectively. Before deciding on a career path, here are some reasons why women should consider … [Read more...]