HIllsdale Area Career Center

Week Beginning October 6, 2019

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October 7, 2019: JHS Progress Reports handed out, 3:00 Meeting at Hospital (Jen and Jamie)

October 8, 2019: CTE Meeting 9:00-10:00 (Jamie), County Counselor's Meeting 12:30-2:30 (Jamie)

October 9, 2019: Staff Meeting @ 2:45, School Safety meeting 9:00-10:00 (Jamie), EDP meeting 11:30-1:30 (Jamie)

October 10, 2019: Criminal Justice Advisory Meeting 11:00-12:00, IEP @ Hillsdale 3:30 (Jamie, Jen)

Manufacturing Day: October 23, 2019

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iChallengeU a two-week educational opportunity for high school students to work with area teachers, corporate, civic, and community leaders to develop solutions to real problems posed by the corporate/civic/community partners. Teachers trained in project based learning will work with the partners to identify "driving questions or challenges" that reflect real issues or problems in the participating companies and organizations. Student teams will have two weeks, through their own research and evaluation processes and by working with assigned teachers to propose solutions to the real life questions or challenges.

Health Science Career Pathway

As far as the job market goes, it is a good time to be interested in health sciences in Michigan. Many health-related careers made it to Michigan’s top 50 high demand, high wage occupations through 2018. In fact, over 25 percent of the careers listed were health related. Moreover, registered nurses were at the top of the list for having the most projected job openings annually.
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Michigan defense engineers train for future of automotive security

Army Scientists are working to keep robotic systems secured from hackers
Nefarious actors, from nation state adversaries to basement hackers, present a constant threat to computer-based systems. Fortunately, U.S. military and other associates are working even harder to create an ironclad defense against such attacks.

With a new cyber hub now in place at the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, professionals in the field of cyber security are keeping strides ahead of cyber threats by learning the most effective security methods.

The cyber hub at TARDEC, unveiled in September, is the newest of 11 existing hubs on the Michigan Cyber Range, a key initiative of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s cyber initiative of 2011. Hubs exist on-site at academic institutions and military and government entities, says Jeff Jaczkowski, associate director of ground systems cyber engineering at TARDEC.

“The Cyber Range itself is a virtual connected network that links these hubs together to enable a variety of functions having to do with cyber security training, testing, and workforce development today,” says Jaczkowski. TARDEC’s mission is to ensure existing tanks, trucks, and ground systems are secure against cyber attack, and to design and develop new systems using resilient engineering architecture from the ground up.A simulation called Alphaville is used by cybersecurity professionals to learn to thwart cyber attacks on infrastructure.

Existing local hubs include Selfridge Air Force Base, Wayne State University, Pinckney High School, and the Velocity Center at the Macomb-OU Incubator, with others scattered strategically across the state. Two new cyber hubs are planned at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, and University of Michigan-Flint. At these hubs, individuals can access experiential learning and certification for all compliance requirements and frameworks, including NIST, NICE, NSA, and DoD 8570.

Michigan is home to Department of Defense R&D and procurement facilities that support the development of “dual-use technologies” for both commercial automotive and military, says Sarah Tennant, strategic advisor of cybersecurity initiatives at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. A robust cybersecurity community is critical to the whole range of Michigan’s industries.

“The hub at TARDEC is just one more example of the Michigan’s proactive approach to enhancing the cybersecurity ecosystem in Michigan, by building a robust cybersecurity community connecting not only the defense and automotive industries but all industries in our state,” says Tennant.

TARDEC’s cyber hub can be configured as a virtual sandbox with Alphaville, a computerized 3-D representation of a city, complete with power grid and underlying infrastructure. In future, vehicles will be added to develop tactics for vehicular hacking incidents, says Jaczkowski.

An immediate plan is to train everyone on the ground systems cyber engineering team, which, at 41 employees, has doubled in size in the past year, and will serve as the center of cybersecurity awareness for TARDEC. Training has also been extended to other Detroit Arsenal tenants.

Cyber threats are ever-evolving, but Jaczkowski’s team is laser-focused on the range of potential attacks, including insider, nearsider, and supply chain threats. Damage can result in denial of commands, uncommanded movements, or defects and mechanical phantoms that require inordinate vehicle downtime.

“Nation states have the capacity to develop and launch a sophisticated attack,” he says. “One of our biggest concerns is not the point of attack on a single vehicle, but the scalable attack across a fleet of vehicles done at the time of choosing of the adversary.”

An advanced, layered approach to cybersecurity involves techniques to recognize threat, attack the invader, and render the system impervious to future invasions.

“We have a technical roadmap beyond the next five years, and we will be pulling in artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop a cyber solution that is akin to the body’s immune system,” says Jaczkowski.

“The research we are doing today in the lab is addressing real world-grade problems, and we are creating the ability to enable our vehicles to operate more effectively and efficiently,” Jaczkowski says.”In the end, it’s delivering a capability to the warfighter to conduct his or her mission safely and effectively and win our nation’s wars.”

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Pipeline Welder

The national average Pipe Welders salary range from $33k – $38k/yr according to salaryexpert.com. On payscale.com your Market Worth would be 51k/yr and on glassdoor.com it’s $44,635/yr.

Underwater Welder

The average underwater welders salary is $80k – $97k annually. However, most incomes float around $25,000$80,000. Diver welders in the top 10% make $115k while the bottom 10% pull in $30,700. And according to payscale.com its $37,453 – $108,667

Welding Technician

An entry-level certifiedWelding Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51 – $62(in thousands) based plus bonuses, overtime pay and tips.
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What Do Carpenters Do?

Carpentry is one of the world's oldest trades and has played a significant role in the progress of humanity. Carpenters plan, design, construct and install various types of building structures using materials like wood, plastic, fiberglass and drywall. The technology carpenters use on a daily basis has evolved as new techniques have been developed.

Additionally, carpenters help install foundations, walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs. They assist with fitting and installing window frames, doors, door frames, door hardware, and interior and exterior trim.

Types of carpentry jobs include:

  • Commercial carpenter — A career in commercial carpentry gives you the ability to assist with the construction of hotels, office high-rises, hospitals, educational buildings, restaurants and retail developments.
  • Framing and residential carpenter — This career path involves framing exterior and interior walls, building stairs, and framing decks and roofs.
  • Infrastructure or Industrial carpenter — This type of carpenter works on public infrastructure or in major industries like manufacturing. Skilled industrial carpenters are in demand for civil engineering projects (like brides, tunnels and dams) and projects at power plants or with underground structures for mining.

Carpentry offers a lot of room for career advancement. Many carpenters take on higher-paying roles, such as Construction Supervisor, as they advance in their careers.

How to Become a Carpenter in Michigan

The skills you need as a carpenter are typically acquired through a salaried apprenticeship program. Usually, carpentry apprenticeships require a high school diploma, 144 hours of formal training and around 2,000 hours of work per year for the duration of four years. Once you complete a carpentry apprenticeship, you'll be considered a journeyman carpenter.

Carpenter Training in Michigan

There are a number of training programs in Michigan that provide students with the skills and expertise they need to obtain successful careers as carpenters.

Hammer 9 — Earn while you learn when you take an apprenticeship with Hammer 9. This apprenticeship is a paid, four-year program consisting of practical, on-the-job training and classroom experience. "The apprenticeship is great," said former student Nicole Maurer. "It might seem intimidating but the instructors are here to help you. Before this, I was working two part-time jobs. I couldn’t provide for my family. Now, I can."

Michigan Laborers' Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program — Each Apprentice must complete 4,000 hours of diversified work, and 400 hours of related classroom and hands-on training to complete MLTAI's apprenticeship program. Apprentices with previous related experience or training may be advanced in the program at the discretion of the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.

Northwestern Michigan College — Advance your skills or start from scratch through Northern Michigan's Carpentry Technology program. The Carpentry Technology curriculum is designed by the industry and aligned with national competency standards. Students receive hands-on training during classes, which are held once a week in the evenings.

There are a number of other training opportunities available. Click below to see a full list.

Carpentry Training

How Much Do Carpenters Make?

According to salary.com, the average carpenter salary in Michigan is $55,702 (as of July 30, 2019), but the range typically falls between $48,101 and $64,195. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on education, certifications, additional skills, and the number of years you have spent in your profession.

Carpentry Employers in Michigan

There are a number of our Michigan Construction partners that have open positions for carpenters. Click here for a list companies that offer employment opportunities in Michigan.

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