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St. Johns River State College to Add Advanced Manufacturing Program

Clay Today - June 14, 2018 - read full article here

St. Johns River State College to Add Advanced Manufacturing Program

 St. Johns River State College will use a $1.38 million grant to establish an advanced manufacturing training program at the school.
As part of the Governor’s Florida Job Growth Grant program, the new degree program will train students to be part of the next generation of engineering technicians. The new programs will include an Associate in Science program as well as college credit certificate programs in mechatronics and robotics as well as non-degree training for production technicians.

According to the Florida Chamber Foundation “By The Numbers” report, “Manufacturing continues to be a leader in helping Florida diversify its economy and create new jobs. Florida’s manufacturing has grown 3.4 percent over the last year. And in the last four years, Florida’s manufacturing has continued to grow at a rate more than three times higher than the nation overall.”

SJR State President Joe Pickens said he is grateful for the role the college gets to play in preparing students for new jobs in this field.
The Associate in Science in Engineering Technology will prepare students for employment in advanced manufacturing as process and production technicians, industrial machinery mechanics, quality assurance technicians, programmable logic control technicians and operators, and industrial engineering technicians. The core classes of the engineering technology program align with the national Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Production Technician Certification. 

The mechatronics certificate program is part of the Engineering Technology degree program and the Advanced Manufacturing specialization designed to prepare students for positions in industrial engineering, maintenance and technology.  The mechatronics certificate program, part of the Engineering Technology degree program and the Advanced Manufacturing specialization, is designed to prepare students for employment in the areas of industrial engineering, maintenance and technology or provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations. The content includes instruction in advanced manufacturing equipment maintenance techniques, operation of various industrial components, tools and instrumentation, quality and control testing, material handling protocols, robotics applications, hydraulics and pneumatics. Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to install, maintain and troubleshoot automated environments, general robot systems and simulators.

Core classes and non-degree boot camps will begin this fall and will be taught on SJR State’s Palatka campus. Expansion of course and program offerings is planned for the Clay County campus in 2019. For more information, contact or call 386-312-4259.

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