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Working As A Technical Training Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $79,720

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Training Instructor Do

Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts. They teach academic and technical content to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter an occupation.

Duties

Career and technical education teachers typically do the following:

  • Create lesson plans and assignments
  • Instruct students on how to develop certain skills
  • Show how to apply classroom knowledge through hands-on activities
  • Demonstrate and supervise the safe and proper use of tools and equipment
  • Monitor students’ progress, assign tasks, and grade assignments
  • Discuss students’ progress with parents, students, and counselors
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules and safety procedures

Career and technical education teachers help students explore and prepare to enter a specific occupation, in fields such as healthcare or information technology. They use a variety of teaching techniques to help students learn and develop skills related to a specific career or field of study. They demonstrate tasks, techniques, and tools used in an occupation. They may assign hands-on tasks, such as replacing brakes on cars, taking blood pressure, or recording vital signs. Teachers typically oversee these tasks in workshops and laboratories in the school.

Some teachers establish relationships with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide practical work experience for students. They also serve as advisers to students participating in career and technical student organizations.

The specific duties of career and technical education teachers vary by the grade and subject they teach. In middle schools and high schools, they teach general concepts in a classroom and through practical exercises in workshops and laboratories.

In postsecondary schools, they teach specific career skills that help students earn a certificate, diploma, or an associate’s degree, and prepare them for a specific job. For example, welding instructors teach students various welding techniques and essential safety practices. They also monitor the use of tools and equipment, and have students practice procedures until they meet the specific standards required by the trade.

In most states, teachers in middle and high schools instruct one subject within the 16 major career fields, also known as Career Clusters. For example, the career cluster known as architecture and construction includes instruction in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining structures.

Teachers instructing courses in agricultural, food, and natural resources teach topics such as agricultural production; agriculture-related business; veterinary science; and plant, animal, and food systems. For example, they may have students plant and care for crops and tend to animals so that students can apply what they have learned in the classroom.

Career and technical education teachers in hospitality and tourism teach students in subjects such as nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel lodging. For example, teachers may instruct and supervise students in creating menus and preparing food.

Some teach the skills necessary to work as technicians and assistants, such as nursing and dental assistants in health-science occupations.

For information on all 16 major Career Clusters and programs in all other states, visit National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.

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How To Become A Technical Training Instructor

Career and technical education teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. They also need work experience in the subject they teach. Some teachers, particularly those in public schools, also may be required to have a state-issued certification or license. Requirements for certification vary by state.

Education

Career and technical education teachers in public schools generally need a bachelor’s degree in the field they teach, such as agriculture, engineering, or computer science.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many career and technical education teachers need work experience in the field they teach. For example, automotive mechanics, chefs, and nurses typically spend years in their career before moving into teaching.

Training

Some states require prospective career and technical education teachers to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. In some states, this program is a prerequisite for a license to teach in public schools. During student teaching, prospective teachers gain experience in preparing lessons and teaching students under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The amount of time required for these programs varies by state, but may last from 1 to 2 years.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

States may require career and technical education teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Requirements for certification vary by state. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Certification typically requires completing a student teaching program and a bachelor’s degree. States usually require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test.

Teachers may be required to complete annual professional development courses to maintain their license. For certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.

Some states offer an alternative route to certification for prospective teachers who have a bachelor’s degree or work experience in their field, but lack the education courses required for certification. Alternative programs typically cover teaching methods, development of lesson plans, and classroom management.

In addition to teaching certification, career and technical education teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license or certification may need to have and maintain the same credential. For example, career and technical education teachers who instruct welding may need to have certification in welding.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to become mentors and lead teachers, helping less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

Teachers may become school counselors, instructional coordinators, or principals. These positions generally require additional education, an advanced degree, or certification. An advanced degree in education administration or leadership may be helpful.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Career and technical education teachers must be able to explain technical concepts in terms that students can understand.

Organizational skills. Career and technical education teachers have many students in different classes throughout the day. They must be able to organize their time and teaching materials.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teachers must be patient with each student in their classroom and develop a positive learning environment.

Resourcefulness. Teachers need to be able to develop different ways of presenting information and demonstrating tasks so that students can learn.

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Technical Training Instructor Career Paths

Technical Training Instructor
Instructional Supervisor Adjunct Faculty ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Program Manager Operations Director
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Adjunct Faculty Professor
Dean
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Business Analyst Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Senior Technician Specialist Adjunct Professor
Director Of Instruction
7 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Senior Training Specialist Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Instructional Systems Designer Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Program Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Consultant Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Senior Instructional Designer Project Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Instructional Systems Designer Training Manager Branch Manager
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Non-Commissioned Officer Police Officer Training Officer
Operations Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Non-Commissioned Officer Maintenance Technician Operation Supervisor
Operations Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Training Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Master Instructor 4.9 years
Senior Instructor 3.6 years
Training Analyst 2.6 years
Lead Instructor 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Instructor 10.8%
Trainer 5.4%
Crew Chief 3.8%
Supervisor 3.8%
Manager 3.8%
Top Employers After
Instructor 6.3%
Manager 4.6%
Consultant 4.6%
Trainer 3.5%

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Technical Training Instructor Demographics

Gender

Male

73.6%

Female

24.6%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.3%

French

14.3%

German

10.7%

Arabic

10.7%

Mandarin

7.1%

Portuguese

3.6%

Turkish

3.6%

Dutch

3.6%

Carrier

3.6%

Cantonese

3.6%
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Technical Training Instructor Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

20.6%

University of Phoenix

16.8%

Wayland Baptist University

9.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

7.1%

Capella University

5.2%

Ashford University

3.9%

George Washington University

3.2%

Central Texas College

3.2%

Villanova University

2.6%

Columbia Southern University

2.6%

The Academy

2.6%

University of Maryland - University College

2.6%

Webster University

2.6%

Pennsylvania State University

2.6%

Nova Southeastern University

2.6%

University of Colorado at Boulder

2.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

2.6%

Northern Illinois University

2.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.6%

Colorado Technical University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

21.3%

Education

7.6%

Computer Science

6.1%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Elementary Education

5.6%

Computer Information Systems

5.3%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Human Resources Management

4.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Educational Technology

4.3%

Management

4.1%

Project Management

4.1%

Automotive Technology

3.5%

Information Technology

3.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.8%

Psychology

2.5%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.3%

General Studies

2.0%

Nursing

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.7%

Masters

26.0%

Other

20.4%

Associate

12.6%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Technical Training Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Training Instructor Alstom Grid LLC Redmond, WA Jul 27, 2016 $116,500
Technical Training Instructor/Developer Plantronics, Inc. Santa Cruz, CA Aug 25, 2015 $95,000 -
$130,000
Technical Training Instructor IV Solar Turbines Incorporated San Diego, CA Sep 13, 2010 $81,900
Senior Technical Training Instructor Honeywell International Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2014 $75,000
Technical Training Instructor and Developer for Ultrasound Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc. Highland Heights, OH Mar 17, 2015 $63,000
Instructional Technology Training & Development SP North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State Un Greensboro, NC Aug 01, 2011 $62,000
Technical Training Instructor/Developer Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc. Highland Heights, OH Feb 19, 2015 $60,487
Instructional Technologist/Trainer University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO Jul 01, 2010 $46,592 -
$52,749

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Top Skills for A Technical Training Instructor

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  1. Training Programs
  2. Curriculum
  3. Procedures
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  • Conducted specialized training programs for Senior Air Operations Staff Officers, airport managers and air traffic operations supervisors.
  • Tailored curriculum and strategies to facilitate easier information flow to trainees, evaluated junior instructors.
  • Selected as a job instructor responsible for development and execution of training procedures.
  • Maintained classroom discipline to ensure that all safety guidelines were followed and necessary precautions were taken when necessary.
  • Conducted classroom/laboratory instruction using training aids, equipment and approved lesson plans for 300 students annually.

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  6. New York
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  8. Hawaii
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