The Groves Center at Kalamazoo Valley has developed the next fast track career academy, adding to its line-up of hands on technical training programs. The 20-week, accelerated Mechatronic Systems Technician Academy provides the opportunity for students to gain skills needed to work on industrial robots, automated equipment found in retail, manufacturing and entertainment sectors and other technologically advanced systems.
The Academy’s first session begins on April 1, 2013. An informational session about the Academy is set for 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Kalamazoo Valley’s Groves Center, 7101 Elm Valley Drive, in Texas Township. The program is guided by area employers who support student learning through facilitation of tours and field work experience. Classes will be held at Kalamazoo Valley’s Groves Center.
“The skill sets employers demand transcends a traditional approach to technical education. A mechanical specialist or an electrician is seldom able to solve the problems which arise on automated equipment without crossing over into areas we used to consider separate occupations. We call the technicians with the combined skills and capabilities Mechatronic Systems Technicians,” said Cindy Buckley, Executive Director of Training for Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
The program will accept only 14 trainees into the 20-week, full time, competency-based training program. The small class size in necessary to assure maximum opportunities to learn by doing. Applications are required to assure those accepted have the perquisites for success in the course in their future careers. Math skills and proven aptitude for electro/mechanical work is necessary. Also required is the drive to be self –directed and solve problems.
“A new trade is emerging in response to technological changes that have fundamentally altered the way we interact with machines. This program will focus on fundamental knowledge of electricity, computers, mechanical fundamentals and automation so that our graduates can perform work, day one in their new careers and more importantly, in their futures,” Buckley said.
Modules of study in this academy include Fundamentals of Electricity, Mechanical Systems, Integrated Information Technologies and Automated Control Systems. These modules are taught in context of their relationships to one another, with a strong emphasis on diagnosis of faults and troubleshooting.
The academy is one of several training programs housed at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Groves Center. The Groves Campus, located eight miles southwest of downtown Kalamazoo, is one of three campuses associated with Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Applicants seeking more information or to apply should call 269.353.1286, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Mechatronic Systems Technician website