From Western Nevada College:
Technicians from around Northern Nevada are demonstrating their skills, knowledge and value through the innovative Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program at Western Nevada College. Working in the field of industrial technology and returning to the lab and classroom to earn internationally recognized credentials and college credit requires determination, and a personal and professional investment.
Five recent grads of WNC’s Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program are proof of that commitment.
Two General Electric equipment technicians, a Click Bond engineering technician, an industrial maintenance technician at Reno Cerakote and Hydrographics, and an industrial maintenance technician at Basalite Concrete Products made the time to enhance their professional careers. They completed the WNC’s accelerated Mech Tech program for Siemens Mechatronic Level 1 training.
The five recipients of the Siemens credential are Ricardo Fregoso, Ezequiel Varela, Arturo Martell, Matthew Robison and James Butts.
“When employers send their technicians to this training program, they are investing in their own technical workforce and in the strength of Nevada by contributing to the development of skilled workers — these middle-skilled careers offer family-sustaining wages and opportunities for upward mobility,” said Emily Howarth, an electronics and industrial technology professor at WNC and a certified Siemens mechatronic instructor.
These training program classes are small and intense, and focus on the methodology of thinking like a problem solver, not just a task worker. WNC is uniquely positioned to offer technicians the ability to upgrade their knowledge and skills so they can return to the workforce with new ideas and recognition of their value to the organization. Employees with Siemens mechatronic certifications contribute to organizations’ productivity. These individuals bring adaptive expertise to the automation production systems of manufacturers and distribution centers.
The accelerated class covered 80 hours of training spread over a month, in addition to a large body of additional coursework outside of class meeting times.
Accelerated Level 1 training will be offered this spring. Level 2 Siemens certification begins Feb. 20.
Robison learned about WNC’s Mechatronic Program from his brother.
“When I looked into it, it looked like it would help me in my field. So, I took my vacation time and paid for it myself,” he said.
Robison will now be able to return to his employer, Reno Cerakote and Hydrographics, with a larger skill set and a desire to earn additional Siemens certifications at WNC.
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