Advanced Manufacturing - Mechatronics
Blue Ridge Community College students have the option of choosing tracks in Industrial Maintenance, Machining, Welding, Certified Production Technician, Certified Logistics Technician, and AutoCad. These courses are competency-based training programs designed to provide students with enhanced career opportunities in advanced manufacturing.
Testimony to the Advanced Manufacturing Programs and BRCC Student Success
Mechatronics combines electrical, mechanical, computer, and industrial engineering. BRCC's Mechatronics teaches students about product design, instrumentation, manufacturing methods, and computer integration in process and device control.
- Certified Logistics Technician (MSSC)
- Certified Production Technician (MSSC)
- Industrial Maintenance
- Manufacturing Production Technician (CPTAE)
- Other Related Programs
- Skills Certification System
- Summer STEM Camps
Skills Certification System
The Manufacturing Institute has launched the NAM-Endorsed Skills Certification System to create stackable credentials that can apply to all sectors of the manufacturing sector. These nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials validate the skills and competencies needed to be productive and successful in entry-level manufacturing positions.
The stackable certifications build on basic academic and workplace requirements, followed by technical competencies, and then specialized, occupationally specific skills. The sequence is capped with professional and managerial certifications offered at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. MSSC certifications validate the core competencies of new-hires and can also be used to improve and sharpen the skills of existing employees.
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ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is an industry-recognized, portable credential that certifies applied academic and employability skills needed for workplace success. Individuals earn the NCRC by passing three assessments: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.
National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
Skills in the metalworking industry are validated through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) machining and metalforming certifications. The certifications are earned through hands-on performance, as well as theory testing. Fifty-two NIMS credentials allow employers to hone their credentialing requirements and choose only those certifications that are applicable to their company.
American Welding Society’s (AWS) Certified Welder Certifications
The American Welding Society’s (AWS) Certified Welder Certifications are performance-based tests used to validate competency in a variety of areas, including structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal, and chemical refining.
As the shortage of skilled production workers grows, manufacturers cannot afford to allow their employees to fall behind. Begin to train a cutting-edge workforce today.
Visit http://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/ to learn more.
Students explore the concepts of two- and three-dimensional drawings and modelings. They learn how to incorporate models into printable layouts. They learn about primitives, as well as extruding, revolving, subtractive modeling, additive modeling, and rendering. Successful completion of both AutoCAD I and AutoCAD II provides students with the knowledge to sit for the AutoCAD Certified User exam.
The course teaches the essential skills and basic concepts of design and shape using AutoCAD. Emphasis is on visual concepts using simple drawings, printing, and plotting. The course includes production and management of 2D and 3D design drawings.
This course builds on AutoCAD I and the drawing process is developed with a focus on engineering. Students construct a variety of 2D and 3D drawings and 3D models and learn how to incorporate their models into a variety of printable layouts. At the completion, students will have a portfolio of drawings suitable to present in a job interview.
Both classes must be successfully passed to be awarded 3 articulated curriculum credits.
Certified Logistics Technician Track (MSSC)
Students receive comprehensive training in required areas.
- Global Supply Chain
- Logistics Environment
- Product Receiving
- Product Storage
- Order Processing
- Inventory Control
- Tracking Operations
- Forklift Operations
- OSHA 10
- Microsoft Excel
More than 20 classes provide students with the training to sit for the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Logistics Technician exam.
Certified Production Technician Track (MSSC)
Students receive comprehensive training in required areas.
- Quality and Continuous Improvement
- Blueprint Reading
- Machine Automation
- Equipment Maintenance
- Mechanical/ Electrical Principles
Classes provide students with the training to sit for the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician exam.
Students learn machining operations of the metal working industry. They focus on the concepts and capabilities of computer numerical control machine tools and study the programming, setup, and operation of a CNC milling and turning center
Six classes provide students with the skills to sit for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) exam.
- Blue Print Reading
- Machining Technology I
- Intro to CNC
- CNC Milling Center Operations
- CNC Turning Center Operations
- Machining Technology II
All six classes must be successfully passed to be awarded 20 articulated curriculum credits.
Each course has an aligned credentialing exam.
Manufacturing Production Technician (CPTAE)
The Certified Production Technician (CPTAE) program certifies students who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of manufacturing production (front-line entry-level to front-line supervisor) through successful completion of the certification assessments.
The goal of the CPTAE certification program is to raise the level of performance in production employees. The program consists of five individual certificate modules:
- Quality Practices & Measurement
- Manufacturing Processes & Production
- Maintenance Awareness
- Green Production
Candidates must earn the first four certificates to receive the full CPTAE certification.
Other Related Programs
Basic Electricity: The Invisible Electron
The course teaches the basics of electricity and is designed for beginning electricians to maintenance technicians.
PLC Applications — Level I
The course teaches the basics of binary arithmetic, ladder logic, terminology, and hardware components associated with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).
PLC Applications — Level II
This course is a PLC boot camp for those already familiar with Programmable Logic Controllers. It covers troubleshooting and programming issues.
HVAC — R Fundamentals
This introductory course focuses on the demand for higher efficiency industrial, commercial, and residential systems, including geothermal systems training. It provides a fundamental understanding of commercial refrigeration systems, environmentally safe refrigerants, direct digital controls, installation, service, and troubleshooting.
Other courses are available upon request.
Camp TECHhead is a camp for high school students offering career information about the advanced manufacturing industry. Students participate in hands-on activities and take field trips to learn about manufacturing in local industries. In addition, area professionals explain about the specific credentials required for a career in advanced manufacturing. Your high school counselor has information about Camp TECHhead.
BRCC Young Engineers Experience
The two-week summer program gives high school students an opportunity to experience engineering through hands-on learning experiences, discussions, and field trips. Participants explore concepts and careers in mechanical, motorsports, mechatronics, civil, and electrical engineering. Trips include local engineering/ technical colleges and universities, as well as industrial sites to gain a detailed understanding of the profession.
Students receive transferable college credit for EGR 150, Intro to Engineering.
Tooling U-SME Recognizes Blue Ridge Community College
as Model in Manufacturing Education
Blue Ridge is one of five institutions to receive the 2015 Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) Award
In recognition of the significant role of manufacturing in today’s global society, Tooling U-SME, a leader in manufacturing learning and development, recognized Blue Ridge Community College with its Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) award. Blue Ridge was one of five colleges receiving this honor in 2015, which is given to institutions considered to be outstanding academic models for the advancement of the manufacturing industry.
Blue Ridge Community College enhances the professional development of students by creatively using online and hands-on training in a blended learning format to help develop a skilled and qualified future manufacturing workforce.
“Blue Ridge Community College, like our past recipients, exemplifies the spirit of the TUPEC awards,” said Toni Neary, education specialist for Tooling U-SME’s Government and Education Group. “We applaud the instructors and schools that make practical use of technology and state-of-the-art equipment to prepare our future manufacturing workforce. These programs are not just educating, but inspiring the next generation.”
Since 2012, Tooling U-SME has recognized exceptional two-year and technical schools that embrace flexibility, high-quality content and efficiencies in teaching skills that students need to become valuable members of the manufacturing workforce. Students who graduate from these schools are better prepared for manufacturing careers, providing immediate value to the companies that hire them.
Blue Ridge Community College started including Tooling U-SME’s online coursework into its Customized Training programs with local manufacturers in 2013. Shortly after, the coursework became part of the school’s Computer Integrated Machining program. Since then, the college has deployed this curriculum throughout other advanced technology disciplines including Engineering, Mechatronics, Welding, and Industrial Maintenance.
“There are many great community colleges and technical schools that work diligently to level set students with the skills needed to be successful in the manufacturing industry,” said Bryan Bagley, Endowed Chair Computer Integrated Machining at Blue Ridge Community College. “We are honored to be recognized as an educational leader working to help close the skills gap.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that nearly 3.5 million skilled manufacturing workers may be needed to fill the talent pipeline within the next ten years. Unfortunately, two million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled due to a shortage of workers with the skills necessary to operate in an advanced manufacturing environment. Manufacturing companies can look to community colleges and technical schools for innovative training programs that produce highly skilled candidates for employment in their sector.
Students are introduced to all basic welding processes.
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
- Gas Metal Arc Welding
- Flux Core or SMAW Stick Welding
Specific classes prepare students for the AWS Welding Code D1.1 exam in TIG, MIG or Stick.
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Plate — TIG
- GMAW FCAW Plate — MIG
- SMAW Plate — Stick*
Each successfully passed class will provide articulated curriculum credit of 4 credits. *Stick provides 5 credits of articulated curriculum credit.
Monique Eaker, Corporate Training Specialist
Blue Ridge Community College
Community and Continuing Education
180 West Campus Dr.
Flat Rock, NC 28731
Phone: (828) 694-1744
Fax: (828) 694-4774