With the addition of new industries in Northwest Louisiana, including the relocation of Benteler Steel, industry leaders have requested a certification for a mid-level employee who has the capacity to perform low-level maintenance on industrial machines. The curriculum proposed for the new certificate teaches an industrial operations technology called “Mechatronics,” and will prepare technicians for occupations which combine the diverse fields of mechanical, electrical, and programmed automation. Students with this diverse set of skills are prepared for the new breed of industrial careers where technicians manufacture a product or perform an automated task with minimal human intervention.
This 12-hour Technical Competency Area (TCA) is aligned with an industry-recognized certificate – Certification for Manufacturing (C4M). In addition to receiving the TCA, successful students will also earn the C4M certificate which will make them eligible for interviews with area industry partners.
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Courses of Instruction
The Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics TCA has worked with LED to create four exciting new courses to introduce students to the manufacturing processes, tools, and application of the locally growing industry. These courses can be applied towards credit for the Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS) in Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics.