Skilled technicians needed in the Quad Cities

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - Working at a computer and piecing together plans is what Sara Bushek does as a technician at KJWW.

"We have to put them in an electronic model and then we drop in all of our content, so we do electrical, mechanical and technical," said Sara Bushek, Revit Coordinator, KJWW.

Jobs like hers are growing in the Quad Cities and at Black Hawk College they said the need for trained technicians is bigger than ever before.

"People trying to call us to get more people and it's a wide range of places they go, some go to the Deere`s, the Alcoa`s, things like that, but a lot of them are going to the smaller companies," said Bruce Storey, Director of Education Services.

Technicians are the link that keeps the mechanics of a business together and that job has never been more important to the economy than it is today.

"This is kinda a little hidden thing where you can come in and still work with technology, get in and get out in 2 years and do a lot of very interesting work," said Lee Blackmon, Engineering Technology Instructor.

Students are able to get hands on experience in the classroom and the program only takes a couple of years to turn into a career, just like it did for Joshua Hinz.

"There's potential to make quite a bit of money, with a little bit of time put in and just drive and willingness to work hard, really," said Joshua Hinz, Engineering Technician.

For technicians like Hinz and Bushek, they enjoy their jobs and are hoping to see more people get into the field.