The state Education Department and the State University of New York have approved the offering of a credit certificate program in industrial equipment technology at Jamestown Community College beginning in the fall.
According to Michael Weaver, JCC's director of engineering science and technology, the interdisciplinary certificate program will help support the needs of local industries for trained personnel.
"Employer need for this program was determined through a survey of manufacturers and facilities in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Warren counties, and evaluation of previous non-credit offerings," Weaver said. "The certificate will prepare students with the necessary interdisciplinary background to troubleshoot, repair and maintain electrical, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment used in a manufacturing or facilities environment. Students who complete the program successfully will be well qualified for entry level positions in industrial maintenance and manufacturing jobs. Job titles may include industrial electrician, industrial machinery mechanic, installation technician, industrial technician and building maintenance mechanic. The certificate will also allow personnel presently employed by industry to obtain a credential showing basic competence in the skills necessary for advancement."
The program core includes basic foundations of automation systems used in advanced manufacturing and facilities maintenance. Courses emphasize the fundamentals of AC/DC electricity, programmable logic controllers, electric motors and controls, hydraulics and pneumatics, manual and CNC machining, and welding.
Courses in machine theory, electricity and welding provide an introduction to specific areas that are important for overall understanding of the industrial equipment field. In addition, students will develop skills in mathematics and writing appropriate to this type of work.
"Graduates of this program will have developed skills necessary to either gain employment or enhance career opportunities," said Jean Schrader, assistant dean of JCC's science, technology, engineering and mathematics division. "After receiving the certificate, students may choose to continue their education by completing additional coursework toward an associate's degree. This certificate will ladder partially into the A.A.S. mechanical technology degree and fully into the A.A.S. individual studies degree."
Information on the certificate, as well as courses that can be taken during the summer as part of the program, can be obtained by calling Weaver at 338-1328.