Northwest Georgia high school students and members of the community will get a chance to explore various industrial careers and skilled trades when Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) holds Industrial Career Day on Thursday, Sept. 21.


The activities will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Industrial Alley on GNTC’s Floyd County Campus. The alley is located adjacent to Buildings B, C, D and F which contain a majority of the college’s industrial programs. This will provide a centralized location with access to most of the industrial labs on the Rome campus.


Visitors should report to the front desk in the A Building on Industrial Career Day. The event is free and open to the public.


Industrial program directors will be on-hand to discuss their programs and provide tours of their labs. There will be demonstrations, simulators, and hands-on learning activities for the industrial programs offered by GNTC. Local employers and former students also will be present to speak with participants about the benefits of learning a skilled trade.


“We are also going to have employers here that can talk about job placement, career possibilities, even potential salaries individuals can make with a skilled trade,” said Scott Carter, director of Electrical System Controls at GNTC.


Some of the industrial activities will include a small car show hosted by the Auto Collision program, a Dynamometer (DYNO) demonstration with a hot rod presented by the Automotive Technology program, a bulldozer simulator presented by the Construction Management program, a welding simulator provided by the Welding and Joining Technology program, and the Machine Tool Technology program will provide a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) demonstration by creating fidget spinners out of raw material.


The machine that GNTC’s SkillsUSA Career Pathways team created, that won the gold medal at the SkillsUSA Georgia competition and the bronze medal at the national SkillsUSA competition, will be demonstrated at the labs for the Industrial Systems Technology and Instrumentation and Controls programs.


T-shirts will be distributed, while supplies last, and snacks will be provided.


Featured GNTC industrial programs will include Air Conditioning Technology, Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Construction Management, Cosmetology, Electrical Systems Technology, Horticulture, Industrial Systems Technology, Instrumentation and Controls, Machine Tool Technology, and Welding and Joining Technology.


As part of the day’s activities, one of the qualifying rounds for the 2017 IDEAL National Championship will take place in the electrical lab in Building C. The competition is a way to showcase the skills of electrical professionals, students, and apprentices. Winners with the fastest times from each of the 63 territories holding qualifying events are awarded tool kits and the opportunity to compete in the 2017 IDEAL National Championship. The national competition will be held Nov. 10-11 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Florida and over $500,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.


In the qualifying competitions, electricians will use IDEAL tools to complete a timed challenge that involves problem-solving skills across five categories: pulling wire, cutting, stripping, termination, and testing. Contestants will be evaluated on speed and accuracy.


“When you learn a skilled trade that’s one of the things that can’t be taken away from you,” said Carter who is serving as coordinator for the IDEAL Qualifying Round at GNTC. “It’s something you can learn here, or at any of our other campuses, and if you want to live somewhere like Los Angeles you take it with you and are not limited as to where you can find employment.”


Industrial Career Day is sponsored by Georgia Northwestern, City Electric Supply, Cahaba Sales Group, and the 2017 IDEAL National Championship.


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Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 14,151 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,956 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,195 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.  For more information about GNTC, visit us at or contact a Student Help Center on any one of our six campus locations at 866-983-4682.  GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an Equal Opportunity Institution.