In 1993, we saw a need for a better training method in the trades. The traditional trade-school route was just taking too long, was too expensive, and was not meeting the needs of students that could not travel.
A distance education program in gunsmithing was created and the institution began teaching the core philosophy of design, function and then repair. Utilizing video and cutaway demonstration models to teach step-by-step, how devices function which created a clear understanding that was better than a classroom environment for many students. A student typically could not see close-ups that could be demonstrated with a camera that a student couldn’t see from the first row of a classroom typically and the added ability to review what the instructor said as many times as they needed in a DVD format became another benefit for students.
This was a highly successful program and 26 years later, it continues to be used in much of the core training that has been developed. We then saw a need for several different trades to be taught specifically and those include electrical and welding and machining, locksmithing, and plumbing. The institution believes that in each of those situations, the traditional, on-campus instructional methods are grossly outdated.
Several like programs require multiple years to attend a part-time or full-time trade school, are very expensive and the student does not receive any support the moment they leave the classroom while the instruction is only as good as the instructor on any particular given day.
The system we developed following the design, function, repair concept where systems are taught so a student can look at a system, understand how that system or a variation of that system works, be able to identify the breakdown in that system, and then make the appropriate repair.
ATI has created a process where the students can learn the core concepts faster and with more clarity and greater comprehension than they were getting in an outdated trade-school classroom. They can watch the instructor, repeat the material as often as they need to, and they have the access to the instructor even from the field using their smart device for up to a year.
At ATI, we know that online trade skill education is the smarter way to learn.