18 Technologists and technicians are in demand Techniciansandtechnologiststakeacademicinformationandapply it in a practical setting. For example, engineering technologists work with both the engineer and the on-site worker. You can become a technician or technologist in a variety of fields by attending a com- munity college or career/trade school. u Facilities – Take a tour. Is the equipment up-to-date and adequate for the number of students enrolled? Do students receive instruction on the same equipment they’ll be using in the workplace? What are the buildings, classrooms, and other facilities like? u Placement – Does the school help its students find jobs? What percent- age of the school’s graduates find a job in the field in which they received training? Whohirestheschool’sgraduates? Whataretheirstartingsalaries? u Cost – What is the total cost of tuition, supplies, and fees? What is their refund policy? Is financial aid available? u Quality of Instruction –Whatarethequalifica- tions and credentials of the instructors? Are their courses and books up-to-date? Do students get actual hands-on training? u Reputation and stability – Find out how long the school has been in operation and what percent of the students finish the program. Talk to current students and recent graduates, call the Better Business Bureau, and check out what area businesses think of the school. Career and trade schools can be expensive Career and trade schools are usually privately owned and in business to make a profit. While these schools can be expensive, costs vary depending on the type and length of the program. In some cases, students may be eligible for financial aid. Credits usually do not transfer Becausecareerandtradeschoolsvarytremendouslyintheirrequirementsand in the programs they offer, their credits usually aren’t accepted by two- and four-year colleges. Students should, therefore, never go to a career or trade school with the idea of transferring.