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NPRC Provides Manufacturing Technology Training Through Associate Degree Program

Manufacturing technology advances constantly, and NPRC is offering students training with the most current technology and equipment used in our region’s manufacturing industry. NPRC, along with Manufacturing Solutions in St. Marys, PA, has purchased a Universal Robotics unit that performs advanced industrial automation processes such as sizing, stacking, and removal and installation of parts in an automated manufacturing system. As part of NPRC’s Applied Technology Associate Degree program, students will have the opportunity to work with this impressive piece of technology.

NPRC’s fall 2021 course in programmable logic controllers (PLC) and robotics will train students in the mechanics of this equipment, minor programming skills, and ways to troubleshoot various error codes and alarms. A hands-on lab experience will be a key component of this class. Labs will be held on four Saturdays for eight hours at our Education and Training Center in Erie, PA. The focus of these experiences will be electrical safety, theory of operation, communication protocols, and diagnostic and troubleshooting procedures that technicians may encounter in the robotics and PLC industry.

Additional courses offered this fall for the Industrial Maintenance Program include Metrology and Measuring Instruments, High Voltage Industrial Systems, and Fundamentals of Electricity and Electronics. Each course will be offered in 8-week sessions within the fall term, allowing students to work toward occupation-based skill sets in Industrial Maintenance Technology and Advanced Industrial Maintenance Technology. These occupation-based skill sets can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science in Applied Technology degree program.

Through these programs, NPRC is working to create opportunities for local workers, keeping them in our region and engaging them in their work. Manufacturing Technology instructor Frank O’Connell shares: “Being able to provide students the chance for real-world application through their course work is extremely important and helps NPRC provide our business and industry partners with an effectively trained workforce.”

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