ENID, Okla. — Learning to troubleshoot
Every company, every industry and a growing number of households rely on a variety of technological devices. Electronic technicians install, troubleshoot, maintain and repair automated equipment controlled by electrical, electronic and computer systems used in a wide variety of applications, such as industrial robots and automated controls.
Monte Reggow, electronic systems instructor, puts it simply: “If you want to know how things work, this is where you will learn it.”
His students have gone on to be instrument and electrical technicians, oil field equipment maintenance specialists, information technology technicians, maintenance technicians and more.
“You can hire somebody off the street to run this equipment, but if a wire gets removed, it’s not going to run — and who can fix it?” Reggow said. “One of my students can fix it.”
A boom in business
There is a growing need for administrative professionals as well as professionals who can work on computers. A variety of classes offered at Autry help this area, including administrative services, accounting services, information technology and several classes focused on computers, software, leadership and management and succession planning.
Melissa Hula, instructor in the business department at Autry, said the department houses four programs, and students range from high school and college students to adults. Some students already are working in their fields and are sent by their employers to learn specific skills.
The majority of the young students go on to college, where they use their knowledge in their future coursework, Hula said.
“Now computers are in every area of business that we serve,” Hula said.
The business department will stretch out in the fall, when instructors begin teaching in a second location.
“We’re really excited that we have been asked to come in to the University Center at Enid High School next semester,” Hula said.5