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Snow forces new dates for Siemens Level I Mechatronics training at PCC

Published Thursday, January 5, 2017
by Elizabeth Townsend

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NEW DATES as of 1/11/17!

Piedmont Community College (PCC) will offer Siemens Level I Mechatronics training (January 23 – April 11) beginning with an Orientation to Siemens Level I course on January 17-26. For financial assistance consideration, students are required to attend the orientation class. This orientation class will meet 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays at PCC’s Workforce Training Center located at 303 S. Morgan Street, Roxboro. This orientation class is provided at no cost to those who are unemployed and looking for work.

Orientation to Siemens Level I Mechatronics course
During the orientation class, students will receive training in job seeking skills needed to acquire viable employment as manufacturing technicians in the Mechatronics field upon completion of training. Students will have an opportunity to earn their NC Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), another valuable job search tool. Instruction in basic computers skills, resumes, and cover letters is included during the orientation class. Basic math and reading remediation is provided during the class and assessments given to determine if students have the skills to be successful in the Siemens Level I course to follow.

Siemens Level I Mechatronics course
The Siemens Level I Mechatronics program begins January 31 and runs through April 20. These classes will meet from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, with a lunch break from 12-12:30 p.m. The Mechatronics program focuses on the integration of mechanical, electrical (electronics), fluid power (hydraulics or pneumatics) and computer technologies to control machine movements.

Students will learn skills in mechanics, sensors, basic electronics, pneumatics, control logic and robot programming control. Successful completers of this program will have the technical coursework necessary to take the Siemens Level 1 certification exam and be eligible to obtain curriculum credit by examination in a variety of associate degree program courses offered at PCC. In addition, students will obtain an OSHA-10 certification as part of the Siemens Level I program.

Local employers share their thoughtsLocal Community and Industry Leaders tour Siemens Level I Classroom
Local employers have toured PCC’s Siemens Level 1 classrooms and are excited about what the program has to offer for those looking for work in Person County.

From Nikki Ward, Human Resources Manager at US Flue-Cured Tobacco:
“As we focus on our growth, we understand how important it is to have qualified and trained employees. One area of need is, and will continue to be, industrial and machinery maintenance. Qualified talent is already difficult to recruit and retain; however, through partnering with great schools such as Piedmont Community College, it is our goal to attract and employ local students who have received a quality education. With students from the Siemens Level 1 training program at PCC, we believe individuals can enter the workforce with the skills and confidence to not only help our business grow and succeed, but also experience personal success as well.”

From JoEllen Crowfoot, Human Resources Manager at Spuntech Industries, Ltd.:
“Spuntech Industries is a global leader in the nonwoven industry. Our innovative developments provide consistent, unparalleled quality and performance, enabling our customers to create new and innovative products. We are very supportive of the Siemens Level I Mechatronics program at PCC, as it is very important for us to have trained individuals available to be able to troubleshoot and perform maintenance on our automated equipment.”

How to get started
To enroll or for more information, contact PCC’s Workforce Development Team at (336) 322-2156 or the Workforce Training Center at (336) 599-4620. Financial assistance is available to qualified unemployed, underemployed, and economically distressed individuals.

Photo: Local industry and community leaders tour Siemens Level I classroom at PCC