Stories @ TCAT

TCAT Dickson’s Clarksville Campus:  Tennessee College of Applied Technology’s Clarksville campus mechatronics’ instructor, Steve Sabinash, and mechatronics’ student, Michael Clark, were invited as special guests to the 27th Annual Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) Conference held in Louisville, KY, October 8-11, 2019.

The SMRP annual conference includes more than 1,000 attendees from all over the world who come together to network, learn, and share their experiences in reliability maintenance. The conference featured guest speaker, Aaron Ralston, mechanical engineer and motivational speaker known for surviving a canyoneering accident by cutting off his own arm.

The event also included over one hundred exhibitors, over sixty classes, and over thirty workshops, which Instructor Sabinash and Student Clark were able to attend free of charge as a SMRP guest. Clark added, “As a mechatronics technician student, attending this year’s SMRP conference was invaluable in broadening my understanding of asset management as it relates to reliability and life cycle maintenance of machinery. There is another side to maintenance other than replacement and prevention. Reliability engineering is maximizing the life expectancy and efficiency of machinery. It is an exciting profession that I’m interested in pursuing once I’ve mastered the basic skills I’ll learn while enrolled in TCAT.”  

Instructor, Steve Sabinash was also able to take advantage of the opportunity through networking and attending a variety of classes. Putnam Media Group intends to complete a student profile, Electrolux is planning a visit to the school to discuss job opportunities, and he started a working relationship with University of Tennessee’s Reliability and Maintainability Center Assistant Director Kim Kalstrom.

TCAT Dickson is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, and complies with non-discrimination laws: Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and ADA. Located on Highway 46 in Dickson, the technical training college also has extension campuses in Clarksville, Ashland City and Franklin. Additional information about the school is located at