Happy Tuesday! You know what that means: it’s time for another Teacher Tuesday, featuring one of our instructors here at Central IN IEC. Not only is Ian also a graduate of our Apprenticeship Program, but he actually owns his own business as well! Check out his Facebook page for Indy Wood & Laser Studio, and be sure to see pictures of his work on Instagram. Now, without further ado, let’s meet Ian!

Ian Oliver

Hi Ian! So, what is your current occupation?

Owner at Indy wood and Laser Studio. I am also an electrician at Lopez Electrical. 

How did you first get involved with IEC?

I went through the program as an apprentice and felt returning as an instructor was the best way to help others along the same path.


What are you most excited for this academic year?

I’m excited to see the program continue to grow. I think the new educational climate in America is moving toward trade schools and apprenticeship programs, which will allow I.E.C. to grow and provide continual improvements to our quality of education.

What is most rewarding about your job?

Watching each class progress through the school. It’s really something great to see everyone evolve and being a part of that process is very rewarding.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! 

I am a legitimately titled knight.

Advice for new students this year? 

I always try to stress that no matter how good the school, the teachers, or the learning materials provided…no education is better than the one you give yourself. That is to say, take a great deal of personal responsibility in your education. Make time for study outside of class, read everything you can get your hands on, & ask lots of questions of more experienced coworkers.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I have free time ? Why haven’t I been informed sooner, I’d be fishing !

Anything else you’d like to add?

Its not an easy thing, becoming a journeyman. But no thing worth doing ever is.

And that is so true. Ian understands that it isn’t the slackers that come to our Apprenticeship Program. It’s people who legitimately want to learn, to better develop themselves, and to become successful in their skill. It’s not enough to do something. You have to have an in-depth knowledge of something to do it right. Ian’s time-management and dedication to his students’ education is going to make him invaluable this school year, and we consider ourselves lucky to have him. 

Join me in welcoming Ian back!