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Advanced Manufacturing - Mechatronics

As new companies locate to the area the manufacturing sector of the local economy continues to grow. BRCC competency–based training programs are designed to provide the skills and certification the local workforce needs to find and improve career opportunities in this exciting labor market. BRCC offers a variety of tracks in Advanced Manufacturing.

Mechatronics combines electrical, mechanical, computer, and industrial engineering. BRCC's Mechatronics teaches students about product design, instrumentation, manufacturing methods, and computer integration in process and device control.


Skills Certification System
The Manufacturing Institute has launched the NAM-Endorsed Skills Certification System to create stackable credentials that can apply to all sectors of the manufacturing sector. These nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials validate the skills and competencies needed to be productive and successful in entry-level manufacturing positions.

The stackable certifications build on basic academic and workplace requirements, followed by technical competencies, and then specialized, occupationally specific skills. The sequence is capped with professional and managerial certifications offered at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.  MSSC certifications validate the core competencies of new-hires and can also be used to improve and sharpen the skills of existing employees.
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Certification Partners

ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is an industry-recognized, portable credential that certifies applied academic and employability skills needed for workplace success. Individuals earn the NCRC by passing three assessments: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.

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 NC Career Readiness Certificate

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
Skills in the metalworking industry are validated through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) machining and metalforming certifications. The certifications are earned through hands-on performance, as well as theory testing. Fifty-two NIMS credentials allow employers to hone their credentialing requirements and choose only those certifications that are applicable to their company.

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American Welding Society’s (AWS) Certified Welder Certifications
The American Welding Society’s (AWS) Certified Welder Certifications are performance-based tests used to validate competency in a variety of areas, including structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal, and chemical refining.

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As the shortage of skilled production workers grows, manufacturers cannot afford to allow their employees to fall behind. Begin to train a cutting-edge workforce today.
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AutoCAD Track
Students explore the concepts of two- and three-dimensional drawings and modelings. They learn how to incorporate models into printable layouts. They learn about primitives, as well as extruding, revolving, subtractive modeling, additive modeling, and rendering. Successful completion of both AutoCAD I and AutoCAD II provides students with the knowledge to sit for the AutoCAD Certified User exam.

The course teaches the essential skills and basic concepts of design and shape using AutoCAD. Emphasis is on visual concepts using simple drawings, printing, and plotting. The course includes production and management of 2D and 3D design drawings.

AutoCad II
This course builds on AutoCAD I and the drawing process is developed with a focus on engineering. Students construct a variety of 2D and 3D drawings and 3D models and learn how to incorporate their models into a variety of printable layouts. At the completion, students will have a portfolio of drawings suitable to present in a job interview.

Both classes must be successfully passed to be awarded 3 articulated curriculum credits.

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Camp TECHhead
Camp TECHheadCamp TECHhead is a camp for high school students offering career information about the advanced manufacturing industry. Students participate in hands-on activities and take field trips to learn about manufacturing in local industries. In addition, area professionals explain about the specific credentials required for a career in advanced manufacturing.
Your high school counselor has information about Camp TECHhead.


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Machining Track
Students learn machining operations of the metal working industry. They focus on the concepts and capabilities of computer numerical control machine tools and study the programming, setup, and operation of a CNC milling and turning center

Six classes provide students with the skills to sit for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) exam.

  1. Blue Print Reading
  2. Machining Technology I
  3. Intro to CNC
  4. CNC Milling Center Operations
  5. CNC Turning Center Operations
  6. Machining Technology II

All six classes must be successfully passed to be awarded 20 articulated curriculum credits.
Each course has an aligned credentialing exam.

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Certified Production Technician Track (MSSC)
Students receive comprehensive training in required areas.

  • Safety
  • Quality and Continuous Improvement
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Machine Automation
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Mechanical/ Electrical Principles

Classes provide students with the training to sit for the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician exam.

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Manufacturing Production Technician (CPTAE)
The Certified Production Technician (CPTAE) program certifies students who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of manufacturing production (front-line entry-level to front-line supervisor) through successful completion of the certification assessments.

The goal of the CPTAE certification program is to raise the level of performance in production employees. The program consists of five individual certificate modules:

  • Safety
  • Quality Practices & Measurement
  • Manufacturing Processes & Production
  • Maintenance Awareness
  • Green Production

Candidates must earn the first four certificates to receive the full CPTAE certification.

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Certified Logistics Technician Track (MSSC)
Students receive comprehensive training in required areas.

  • Global Supply Chain
  • Logistics Environment
  • Product Receiving
  • Product Storage
  • Order Processing
  • Inventory Control
  • Customs
  • Tracking Operations
  • Forklift Operations
  • OSHA 10
  • Microsoft Excel

More than 20 classes provide students with the training to sit for the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Logistics Technician exam.

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Welding Track
Students are introduced to all basic welding processes.

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Flux Core or SMAW Stick Welding

Specific classes prepare students for the AWS Welding Code D1.1 exam in TIG, MIG or Stick.

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Plate — TIG
  • GMAW FCAW Plate — MIG
  • SMAW Plate — Stick*

Each successfully passed class will provide articulated curriculum credit of 4 credits. *Stick provides 5 credits of articulated curriculum credit.

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Other Related Programs

Basic Electricity:  The Invisible Electron
The course teaches the basics of electricity and is designed for beginning electricians to maintenance technicians.

PLC Applications — Level I
The course teaches the basics of binary arithmetic, ladder logic, terminology, and hardware components associated with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).

PLC Applications — Level II
This course is a PLC boot camp for those already familiar with Programmable Logic Controllers. It covers troubleshooting and programming issues.

HVAC — R Fundamentals
This introductory course focuses on the demand for higher efficiency industrial, commercial, and residential systems, including geothermal systems training. It provides a fundamental understanding of commercial refrigeration systems, environmentally safe refrigerants, direct digital controls, installation, service, and troubleshooting.

Other courses are available upon request.

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BRCC Young Engineers Experience for High School Students
The two-week summer program gives high school students an opportunity to experience engineering through hands-on learning experiences, discussions, and field trips. Participants explore concepts and careers in mechanical, motorsports, mechatronics, civil, and electrical engineering. Trips include local engineering/ technical colleges and universities, as well as industrial sites to gain a detailed understanding of the profession.

Students receive transferable college credit for EGR 150, Intro to Engineering.


Contact Us

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Monique Eaker, Corporate Training Specialist
(828) 694-1744

Blue Ridge Community College
Community and Continuing Education
Monique Eaker
180 West Campus Dr.
Flat Rock, NC 28731
Phone: 828-694-1744
Fax: 828-694-4774