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Program focuses on manufacturing

NNBW Staff

Western Nevada College Computer Information Technology Professor Emily Howarth, left, talks with Skip and Garret Nicholson in the Applied Industrial Technology laboratory at the college during a tour in 2015. The AIT lab is one program where WNC is seeking to train student for new high-tech jobs.

Northern Nevada's new manufacturing growth requires employees with more skills in applied technologies. Western Nevada College offers a new credential this fall that will help area residents meet their job goals.

Courses beginning Monday, Aug. 31, can lead to a Manufacturing Technician 1 credential.

"These in-demand technical skills and high-value credentials show employers that you can do the job," said WNC Electronics and Industrial Technology Professor Emily Howarth. "Students can improve their current position or become qualified for a new one in manufacturing, distribution or logistics, in one semester," she said.

The college has created several flexible options to train and prepare students to pass the certification exam, Howarth said. "It can be useful for those who are already working in the field and want to improve their position, or those who want to break into manufacturing."

The credential certifies that a student has learned the necessary skills expected in manufacturing positions, including basic 3D modeling skills, an understanding of computer-controlled machine programming and precision measurement skills, along with process and machine troubleshooting, problem-solving, machine maintenance and the use of diagnostic and statistical tools.

Completers will be able to successfully troubleshoot and solve problems beyond the scope of typical machine operators, Howarth said.

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"The Industrial Electronics Technician series is taught entirely online, using a kit of components to complete lab exercises along with in-depth instructional material that students can participate in around their other life commitments," Howarth said. "Open lab hours are also available for students to practice their skills or do classwork on campus."

Students may qualify for financial assistance with tuition and fees. Contact JOIN, a nonprofit job-training agency, at 775-283-0125. For more information about these classes and credentials, email industrialtech@wnc.edu or call 775-445-4449.