Certified Production Technician • Mechatronics • Manufacturing Maintenance Technology
Key Program Features
The manufacturing industry comprises hundreds of occupations. Machinery maintenance and repair remains an important manufacturing component due to the increased use of automated processes. Economic and demographic trends have produced a shortage of skilled technicians in manufacturing and industry-related technology threatening the development of new products, quality improvement processes and a sustained manufacturing sector. LLCC Industrial Technology programs offer training flexibility. Earn portable, stackable certificates which build upon each other and can lead to associate or bachelor’s degrees. Then, choose to go to work, pursue additional certificates or continue working on a degree.
Between 2015 and 2025 approximately 3.5 million manufacturing jobs are expected to be available and 2 million of those are projected to go unfilled due to the shortage of skilled technicians, according to the Manufacturing Institute. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a projected growth of 16 percent through 2024 for careers in industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance and as millwrights. A median annual salary for employees in these occupations was $49,100 in May 2016. Other jobs in the industry such as elevator and escalator installers/repairers show a job growth of 13 percent with a median annual salary of $78,890, while wind turbine technicians have a 108 percent projected job growth rate and a median annual wage of $52,260 in May 2016.
Time to completion: one semester
Designed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), an industry-led, nationally recognized, training, assessment and certification organization, this program focuses on the core technical competencies needed by incumbent and entry-level production workers in industrial, manufacturing and other technically intensive fields.
Time to completion: two semesters
This program focuses on the foundational understanding and effective utilization of safety regulations in general industry with emphasis on lock-out-tag-out and workplace systems operations. Topics include basic blueprint interpretation, including electrical wiring diagrams and symbols; electricity voltage, amperage, resistance and power; mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic power; industry safety practices; and the systematic approach to troubleshooting utilizing blueprints, schematics, documentation and logical thinking.
Time to completion: three semesters
This program focuses on maintenance, repair and reliability enhancement of commercial or industrial machinery in buildings, plants or factory settings. Maintenance technologists are skilled in vibration analysis, electrical troubleshooting, drive system repair and hydraulic/pneumatic system troubleshooting and repair. General maintenance mechanics may troubleshoot and repair HVAC systems, electrical control systems and/or complete preventive maintenance on many types of machinery. This program incorporates basic welding skills.
Some programs fall under regulations for “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation.” LLCC provides the gainful employment information for Manufacturing Maintenance Technology • Certificate of Achievement in compliance with the “Program Integrity” and “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation” regulations as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (34 CFR 668.8).
Time to completion: three semesters
Mechatronics is an integrated skill set which includes intermediate and advanced industrial electricity, fluid power, mechanical, control, and computer knowledge and application. Training includes programmable logic controllers (PLCs), automation and robotics.
Some programs fall under regulations for “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation.” LLCC provides the gainful employment information for Mechatronics • Certificate of Achievement in compliance with the “Program Integrity” and “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation” regulations as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (34 CFR 668.8).
Investment in Your Future
Heating/ventilation/air conditioning (ARH) and welding (WEL) courses (except ARH 210 and WEL 102) have a variable tuition rate. For the 2018-2019 academic year, these ARH and WEL courses are $194.25 per credit hour for in-district residents. Architecture (ACT) courses also have a variable tuition rate and are $161.75 per credit hour for in-district residents. All other courses in the program run the standard rate of $129.50 per credit hour. Fees are $11 per credit hour. Get more information on tuition and fees.
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