Manufacturing is alive and well in the Upstate of South Carolina, but manufacturing jobs have changed. Once thought of as low-skilled, dirty work, manufacturing jobs now require advanced training and involve operating robots and high tech machinery.
To meet the demand for technically trained workers in our area, Greenville Technical College now offers a Production Technology Associate I certificate, designed to provide students with the knowledge to gain employment as entry level production technicians for manufacturing companies with average hourly wages ranging from $12-$18 per hour.
If you're one of those people who always searches for a way to work smarter, the Production Technician program, which covers quality management, safety systems, maintenance and more, may be for you.
Completing the Production Associate Certificate I program will open many doors to advance within manufacturing, improving your long-term outlook. Classes will be held in the morning, so you'll be finished in time for second shift or afternoon work schedules.
Plus, major manufacturers in our area, including BMW, will be recruiting from these students for the Tech Scholars program.
Students completing this program will:
- identify the relevance and use of personal and plant-wide safety systems and programs that commonly apply to manufacturing systems. (Examples of knowledge would include PPE, Confined Space Entry, Atmospheric Hazards, Machine Guarding, and Lockout/tag out.)
- identify the basic principles of industry standard manufacturing quality systems. (Examples: Six Sigma, SPC, TPM and Lean Manufacturing)
- recognize and distinguish between common manufacturing processes. (Examples: Pick and Place, Assembly Line, Extrusion, Stamping, Injection Molding and Batch Process)
- identify and demonstrate professional communications methods appropriate in a manufacturing environment
Production Technology Associate II is also available and designed to provide students with the knowledge and comprehension to improve and manage a manufacturing process. Completing this certificate can be your gateway to becoming a supervisor.
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