Rosedale Technical College Recruiters Help Students Discover Their Career Potential

Seeing Your Career Potential

Rosedale Technical College is dedicated to educating students for in-demand careers in the trades, but also considers recruiting to be an important part of how the College contributes to the community. In fact, Rosedale doesn’t just reach out to students in Western Pennsylvania—it recruits from Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York.

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Eric the Car Guy

Eric the Car Guy Provides Car How-To Video Guides to a Worldwide Audience

Eric Cook, also known as Eric Car Guy, is a Rosedale Technical College graduate who produces popular car repair videos for amateur and professional do-it-yourselfers. He’s an experienced mechanic who took up video production as a hobby. He turned his hobby, and his encyclopedic knowledge of cars, into a new venture that’s paid dividends not only for him, but for his subscribers too.

Car Repair

He now has more than half a million subscribers on YouTube and his videos have been viewed more than 104 million times!

As he explains on his website,, he prides himself on producing accurate, easy-to-follow videos that helps a worldwide audience. He’s recognized as the go-to car repair guy for anyone who needs an overview or has specific questions about certain makes and models. His website includes videos, video manuals, troubleshooting FAQs, tools, and a forum.

Below is a series of videos he created about his recent visits to his alma mater, Rosedale Tech.

Rosedale Tech’s Welding Program Touted by the Press

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s June 12, 2015 edition.

The article, titled “Rosedale Introduces Welding Program to Meet Employers’ Demands,” chronicled the program’s popularity by interviewing current welding students, staff, and Dennis Wilke, Rosedale’s president and director.

and pipe, arc, MIG, and TIG welding.
The program is already drawing qualified students from several counties away, and skillful recruiting measures have found potential students who live in surrounding states.

100 Percent Job Placement

Mr. Wilke points out that there are more jobs available than there are welders, which means that most of Rosedale’s students will have a job waiting for them before they even graduate from that program. That’s also true for many of Rosedale’s other trades, which include electrical, diesel, automotive, HVAC, truck driving, and industrial maintenance.

Welding Program

Rosedale partners with area employers to ensure that students who complete the College’s programs have learned and are competent in all necessary skills required for positions in the trades industry. Additionally, Rosedale holds career fairs that allow students and employers to meet and talk about available positions.

Oil and Gas Industry Requires Skilled Welders

Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry has increased a great deal just in the past five years. Companies involved with oil and gas production and by-products are seeking qualified trades workers, especially those who are welders or operate diesel equipment. This is a perfect time to establish a trades career, as Marcellus Shale’s expansion has created nearly 16,000 jobs that will need to be filled.

Besides taking positions with oil and gas employers, many Rosedale welding students are using their welding training to become entrepreneurs and open their own businesses. Next year, Rosedale is planning to add a new program to their roster: Applied Business Management, which will teach students how to run a business by focusing not only on technical skills but also marketing, management, and accounting.

As Rosedale continues to grow, the College is expanding their main building by constructing a second floor. It’s also adding night classes to capture non-traditional students.

2015 Spring Career Fair Attracts Trade Employers

Rosedale’s Spring Career Fair

As a part of Rosedale Technical College’s job placement services, we make sure that our current students and graduates have plenty of opportunities to connect with employers. We hold well-attended career fairs twice a year and arrange for interviews so that our student and area businesses have the benefit of knowing each other. We’ve also worked on expanding our reach by recruiting into many of the states that surround Pennsylvania.

At these career fairs, area employers have the opportunity to meet the students attending or who have graduated from our automotive, diesel, electrical, and HVAC technology programs as well as our industrial technician, welding, and truck driving programs. The students have the chance to meet with prospective employers and talk to them about how their trade skills and experience will help companies with their hiring goals.

Career Fair

Rosedale Career Fair Unites Employers and Students

We draw dozens of employers at each career fair. This spring, the fair was on Wednesday, March 18. Students met with 47 employers from the Automotive, HVAC, Electrical and Industrial Technician Fields from the Pittsburgh and western PA area and beyond. There were 27 companies available for interviews, and more than 80 student interviews were conducted.

At each career fair, Rosedale Tech asks employers to complete a survey so that we can hear their perspective and find out if our students’ trade skills are meeting their needs. During this year’s spring career fair, they reported, collectively, that they would consider more than 155 students they saw at the fair for employment within their companies.

Employer Feedback Strengthens Rosedale’s Program and Curriculum

We consider the feedback we get from employers who are hired skilled trade workers to be one of the most important parts of these career fairs. This year, they said,

“This has been a great experience – best job fair I’ve been to.”
“The fair was great . . . and the students were engaged.”
“I found the students well-prepared.”
“Great students – lots of potential!”
KDKA TV was present to cover the 2015 spring career fair and reported that both employers and students were pleased with the opportunities.

The list of companies present at Rosedale’s March 2015 career fair include:

#1 Cochran
AAA East Central
Acuity Human Resources
Advance Auto Parts
All Tune & Lube
Auto Zone
Baierl Automotive
Bowser Automotive Group
C. Harper Auto Group
California Automotive
Chris Candies Inc.
City Plumbing, Heating & A/C Inc.
Express Employment Professionals
Fenner Dunlop
Flynn’s Tire
FTS International
Gillece Transmissions
Gordon Food Service (GFS)
Integrative Staffing Group
IQ Machines
J A Sauer Co.
Jiffy Lube
Joe Ball GMC
Johnstone Supply
Kanawha Scales & Systems
Kenny Ross Automotive
Lane Steel
Pennsylvania Air National Guard – 171st Air Refueling Wing
Rohrich Mazda
Rolf Glass
Shadyside Honda
Staab & Sons Inc.
Sun Chevrolet
TBC National Tire and Battery
Team Automotive
Wright Automotive Group
Zoresco Equipment Co.