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MCC Announces First Graduates of Industrial Maintenance Technician Certificate Program

[Friday, May 12, 2017]

     

Mark Havrilak, a McHenry County College Industrial Maintenance Technician student works on an assignment in the PLC Automation Applications II class. He is among the first graduating class of 18 students who will receive their Industrial Maintenance Technician certificates on May 13.

For Brandon Rockensock of Huntley, earning an industrial maintenance certificate from McHenry County College this month means he has acquired the high-tech and problem solving skills needed for career advancement in the manufacturing industry.

"MCC's industrial maintenance classes broaden your troubleshooting skills," Rockensock said. "I work at Medtronics as an automation technician and hope to advance to an engineer someday soon."

Rockensock is among the first cohort of 18 students in the Industrial Maintenance Technician Certificate program at McHenry County College who will graduate on May 13. The graduating students completed a 33 credit-hour program that prepares students to be multi-skilled for employment in the industrial maintenance field, where they will bring multiple skills to the job. Among the skills the program graduates acquire are: industrial safety, blueprint reading for manufacturing, introduction to robotics, electrical systems including programmable logic controller (PLC) automation, hydraulics, pneumatics and controls, computer aided design graphics, and technical math.

The industrial maintenance technician certificate graduates are equipped to pursue opportunities in a variety of fields, including aviation, building and facility, industrial and air conditioning, mechanical, electrical and computer or any combination.

According to Terri Berryman, Ph.D., interim associate vice president at MCC, local employers have identified industrial maintenance technicians as a critical skill needed for their workforce.

"We worked closely with those employers to identify needed skills and then developed curriculum to train workers," Berryman said. "These graduates are prepared to step into the workplace and immediately be productive. The skills they learned in this program will make them highly competitive and sought after."

The Industrial Maintenance certificate program, which started in fall 2015, is one of several MCC programs that aim to enhance workforce education and training needs to the largest employment sector of industry in the county. The program is offered in partnership between MCC and the McHenry County Workforce Network and is funded through the Illinois Talent Pipeline grant through the state Department of Commerce. Most of the students enrolled in MCC’s Industrial Maintenance program work full time and are sent by their employers.

"We look forward to the first class graduating," said Julie Courtney, director at McHenry County Workforce Network. "I’m really pleased at the comments I’m hearing from employers about their employees attending this training. Many participants have already received wage increases and more responsibility. It’s a win-win."

"We are pleased that McHenry County College has partnered with us and many area companies to provide training to enhance the technical skills of our workforce," said Rob Revak, director of Human Resources at Aptar. "This is both important and beneficial as manufacturing jobs continue to become more complex and enhanced skills directly translate to increased efficiencies of our staff."

Many graduating students expressed positive comments about the industrial maintenance program and are highly optimistic about their futures.

Jim Urbanski of Crystal Lake works at Aptar and plans to continue his education to pursue an associate in applied science degree in manufacturing management.

"I’m earning a certificate to hopefully advance to management and increase my salary," Urbanski said.

Another graduating student, Mark Havrilak, of Spring Grove, is a former tradesman and heard of the industrial maintenance program through the Workforce Network.

"I’m looking for new opportunities," Havrilak said. "Now that I’ve completed the program, I will pursue a full time job in manufacturing."

Although the pipeline grant is ending soon, training grants are still available through the Workforce Network.

"The grant is ending, but we still have training grants available for incumbent worker training and funds for individual job seekers to take advantage of MCC's Industrial Maintenance certificate program," said Courtney said.

For more information on MCC’s Industrial Maintenance Technician certificate program, contact Lori Smyth at (815) 479-7831 or email her at lsmyth@mchenry.edu.

 

 

 

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