Veterans Teaching Veterans

PEAK TECHNICAL INSTITUTE – UXO GLOBAL

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UXO Global trains students to attain an Unexploded Ordinance Technician I certification; the training complies with the Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board’s Technical Paper 18 requirements. Peak Technical Institute is headquartered in Maryville, Tennessee, with a campus in Loveland, Colorado. All UXO Global courses are conducted in Colorado and are approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools.

Successful students can obtain approval for Canadian UXO employment from the Directorate of Ammunition and Explosives Regulation (DAER). They can also earn continuing education credits through Colorado State University’s Online Plus “Continuing Education Units” (CEU’s) program.

UXO Global has conducted 31 UXO Tech I classes in the United States since 2009. Upon completion of the course, UXO Global aids its students in their job searches through relationships with an extensive network of employers. UXO Global has certified more than 445 students as UXO Technician I’s over the past five years.

Veterans are among the most successful students because their discipline and knowledge attained in the armed forces carry over into the UXO career field. In addition, all of the instructors served in the armed forces.

A VETERAN SUCCESS | MIKE BRANTLEY

Mike Brantley is a retired United States Army master explosive ordnance disposal technician and EOD officer. He served for nearly 30 years, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served as an instructor at the Army Ordnance Munitions Center and School, where he taught munitions management. Additionally, he was EOD branch chief, Directorate of Combat Developments, Redstone Arsenal. He has experience as an UXO ordnance technician, UXO safety officer, and project manager for UXO remediation projects throughout the United States. He joined the UXO Global team in 2012 as lead instructor; he educates, counsels, and mentors individuals through the program.

Brantley believes that skills individuals learn in the military – discipline, determination, sacrifice, organization, and problem-solving – transfer seamlessly into the UXO field. He also values his own understanding, based on his military experience, that different individuals learn in different ways. “Each person learns at his or her own pace and in their own manner,” he said. “In the military, we are taught to never give up. Teaching isn’t a 9-to-5 situation. Some students need additional attention or learn in other ways. Do not give up on someone just because they do not understand a topic the first time it is presented.”

He encourages veterans never to give up. “For individuals retiring from the military, continue to be persistent,” he said. “What sets UXO Global apart is that it understands that veterans bring with them a determination and a desire to complete tasks.”

This article appeared in the May-June 2015 issue of Search & Employ Magazine