Sunday, December 1, 2013
The Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is adding a new certification track for South Carolina Manufacturing to its educational offerings on the Main Campus in North Charleston. Classes begin in spring 2014. This free training for qualified applicants is being offered for a limited time and as space allows. Trident Technical College is one of eight schools in the South Carolina Technical College System to offer the South Carolina Manufacturing Certification.
“We are pleased to offer South Carolina Manufacturing Certification at Trident Technical College. We believe this program will be an asset to our community and the state by helping to prepare workers for manufacturing jobs. Manufacturing has long been an important industry in our state and we welcome the opportunity to provide the necessary training for the next generation of workers,” says Bob Walker, vice president of Trident Technical College’s Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development.
The program consists of 200 hours of classroom training, hands-on skill training and includes participation in a production simulation. Students gain essential skills for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing including reading blueprints, enhancing their use of hand and power tools, improving their aptitude for basic math and fundamental communication skills, understanding the manufacturing process as well as honing research and decision-making skills.
The South Carolina General Assembly funds a $2,119 scholarship per student; students are responsible for paying a $20 fee to cover the costs of drug screening and a background check. In order to qualify for the scholarship funding, a student must a) have a silver-level WorkKeys certification; b) be unemployed or underemployed. However, a student currently employed may also qualify if they would like to “re-career” in the manufacturing sector; c) successfully pass a drug screen and background check; and d) be a resident of South Carolina.
This certification prepares students for a career as a certified production technician. The starting salary for certified production technicians ranges from $25 to $35 thousand with career growth opportunities available. By taking additional courses, production technicians can advance to front-line supervisors, CNC operators, mechatronics technicians or advanced welders. In addition, production technicians can enhance their business skills and pursue positions in management or as industrial engineering technicians.
For more information, please contact the Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development at 843-574-6969. For comprehensive guidelines on the South Carolina Manufacturing Certification program, visit www.sctechsystem.edu/scmc.