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Free Training Available for Manufacturing Jobs

Thursday August 15, 2013

Courses begin this fall at Ky. Manufacturing Career Center

The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center is enrolling students for its Certified Production Technician training class that begins on Sept. 3 and its Multi-Skilled Technician class that begins on Oct. 14. The classes are free for individuals who have earned the National Career Readiness Certificate and are seeking jobs in the manufacturing industry.

Graduates of each class will receive college credit through Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC). Prior to graduation, students will have opportunities to be interviewed by representatives of local manufacturing companies for jobs. The center’s staff also will assist graduates in finding manufacturing jobs.

“We sent several employees to the training this summer,” said Rena Sharpe, vice president of operations at the Westport Group, a component integrator, manufacturing and logistics company in Louisville. “They told us that the training class has made them more aware of industry standards for best practices and gave them a better understanding of the manufacturing process. The classes also prepare jobseekers with the skills that manufacturers want in entry-level employees. We know graduates will be qualified for our jobs.”

Certified Production Technician Training

The four-week Certified Production Technician training class meets Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the weeks of Sept. 3-6, Sept. 9-13, Sept. 23-27 and Sept. 30 – Oct. 4. Students who complete the training will be prepared for manufacturing jobs and will receive a nationally recognized certificate from the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, which is recognized by many area manufacturers.

The training includes four modules that cover:

  • Safety
  • Quality practices and measurement
  • Manufacturing processes and production
  • Maintenance awareness

Douglas H. Baker, a machine operator at Universal Woods in Jeffersontown, was in the first Certified Production Technician class offered at the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center. “I’ve been using the personal skills in the “Safety” section to help train other employees at my station, and I’ve been looking at the production processes in the plant,” Baker said. “It makes more sense now.”

Baker has been recommending the course to his coworkers as a “good standard training” in manufacturing. He said that being a Certified Production Technician will be helpful in future manufacturing work.

Graduates also receive nine college credit hours through JCTC.

Multi-Skilled Technician Training

The 60-hour Multi-Skilled Technician certificate course is offered by JCTC and leads to a college credential. The class begins on Oct. 14 and will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon for four weeks. Training is complete on Nov. 8.

The hands-on course provides students with skills to operate, troubleshoot, program and problem-solve in a modern technological environment. Using a Mechatronics trainer, students will work at seven teaching stations to learn mechanical, electrical, electronics and software skills needed to make a real, working directional control valve in at least four variations.

The Mechatronics trainer allows students to work on individual skills as well as on team projects that expose students to a wide range of technology situations they would encounter on the job. Students will learn about mechanical drives, electrical motor control, robotics and many other technologies used in manufacturing production systems.

For more information about how to qualify to enroll in the Certified Production Technician and the Multi-Skilled Technician training classes, call (502) 276-9711.

NCRC requirement to get free training

A pre-requisite for enrolling in both manufacturing training courses is the NCRC. People can take the assessment to earn the certification at no charge at the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center, located at 160 Rochester Dr. in Louisville. Interested students should contact the center at (502) 276-9711 to attend an NCRC orientation and schedule a time to take the assessment.

The NCRC is a credential recognized by employers across the nation as a reliable predictor of workplace success.

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The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center is a one-stop resource in the Metro Louisville region for manufacturers and for jobseekers interested in working in manufacturing. The region served by the center include Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties and other regions in Kentucky and Southern Indiana – the corridor along I-65 in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Partners in the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center are Jefferson Community and Technical College, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Adult Education, JCPS Career and Technical Education, JCPS Iroquois High School Magnet Career Academy and KentuckianaWorks, Greater Louisville’s Workforce Investment Board and an agency of Louisville Metro Government.