The Men Behind the Machines
In response to growing career opportunities in the manufacturing field, Rosedale Technical College has introduced a new program, Industrial Technician, for those who want to work in the manufacturing industry. These professionals go through extensive training to learn how to maintain and repair industrial equipment such as conveyor systems and packaging and production machinery in plants, construction sites, factories, and other areas. Industrial Technicians work in every manufacturing field, including public utilities, mining, energy and power, aviation, vehicles, food processing, and chemicals.
What Does an Industrial Technician Do?
Technicians in this field are multi-skilled. They can:
- Install and assemble mechanical equipment
- Test and repair manufacturing equipment
- Troubleshoot electrical systems and automated machines
- Operate Hydraulic and Pneumatic systems
- Maintain mechanical and electrical systems
This job requires a solid background in the technology that’s used to run automated systems. Industrial technicians also have to be good problem solvers. Each time a machine stops running, a company is likely losing important production time—and money. Technicians are trained to visually inspect machinery and use computerized diagnostic systems and vibration analysis to discover where the equipment needs to be repaired, and how to do it.
A Growing Need for Industrial Technicians
The U.S. Department of Labor states that work opportunities for this group will increase more than 20 percent through the end of this decade. The average pay for an experienced technician is nearly $22/hour, which is about $45,000 a year.
Most manufacturing companies use specialized, sophisticated equipment that must be regularly maintained, and at times must be evaluated and repaired. On-the-job-training is an important component of the curriculum at Rosedale Technical College, and our students have the opportunity to use equipment including:
- PLC and Motor Control lab including a Mechatronics simulator (Commercial Conveyor Simulator)
- A-frame Hoist and Riggings
- Hydraulics/Pneumatics training lab
- A 2-story framed building structure used for wiring
- Plasma Arc Cutters
- Powertrains training lab with multiple Drive Trains and Gear Boxes
- Stick, MIG and TIG welders
There’s already a growing for more industrial technicians in Western Pennsylvania. Call Rosedale Technical College today for more information on this new program.
State-approved name change from ‘Institute’ to ‘College’ signifies the non-profit’s expanding program offerings and enrollment to meet employers’ demands for skilled-laborers
(PITTSBURGH) September 17, 2014 Rosedale Technical Institute will become Rosedale Technical College in a move the President and Board Members say is aimed at more accurately reflecting the non-profit’s program offerings. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved the name change this August. The change goes into effect immediately with complete implementation by the end of 2014.
“We believe that this designation more effectively communicates to our graduates and current and prospective students who we are today as well as the growing institution that continues to emerge,” said Rosedale Technical College President Dennis Wilke. “We do the things that a college does. Our students have fun, they learn complex ideas, and they become graduates and start new careers. We believe it’s time our students receive respect and credit for the serious learning that is happening here. What will not change is our hands-on, student-centered approach to learning trades. We may have a new name, but we’re still all about the trades.”
As you may know, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, challenges you to pour a bucket of ice water over your head. Why?
This challenge raises awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease! Also by doing this many donations are made to the foundation for more research!
Even Rosedale Technical College is doing it!
Where Has the Time Gone?
This summer of 2014 Rosedale Tech will have reached a milestone of celebrating 65 years in Higher Education. Rosedale’s rich history includes being a non-profit institution that has prepared Western Pennsylvania’s finest individuals in the area of trade careers including Automotive, Diesel, Electrical, Truck Driving and HVAC Technologies.
The journey to becoming the state of the art education training facility it is today has been long. It all began in 1949 at a location outside of Verona. The school remained at this location until 1969 when it was purchased by Mr. Phillip Chosky, a local philanthropist, who moved Rosedale to East Ohio Street in the Pittsburgh’s North Side.
Around 1974, Mr. Ben Wilke was hired to restructure how the school operated, increase enrollment and develop financial aid programs. Due to rapid growth the school was soon relocated to Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District. Two years later, because of the proximity of the building to the construction to create I-579, the state acquired the building. Because of the states acquisition Rosedale relocated to Browns Hill Road in East Pittsburgh. In 2001 Ben Wilke was promoted to Director of the school. Because of his continued success Rosedale continued to grow and in 2006 moved to its current location in Kennedy Township. At around the same time of the move Ben’s son, Dennis Wilke, assumed the role of President and Director. Today Dennis is still active in those positions.
Introducing to New Programs
We are excited to announce that after a recent visit the PA Department of Education gave a verbal approval for Rosedale to offer two new programs. The new programs: Applied Business Management and Industrial Technician will be a welcome addition to the plethora of programs currently being offered. Part of our mission has always been to help fuel a growing economy by training and equipping students to be an invaluable asset to an employer. With these two new programs; which are fields in high demand, Rosedale will be able to continue our high rate of success.
Applied Business Management
Students who choose the Applied Business Management program will be prepared with the fundamental business skills needed to start a new business or secure work in a variety of managerial or supervisory roles in business, commercial, or industrial opportunities. With extensive classroom instruction and practical training each student will obtain a strong foundation of business knowledge and management skills in order to: