CAN DO is partnering with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) and the Hazleton Area School District to conduct an Industrial Maintenance Specialized Diploma program.
The evening program begins this month at the Hazleton Area Career Center. Students will take a total of six classes over three semesters (fall, spring and summer). In addition to earning the specialized diploma, graduates will receive 18 college credits, which can be applied to the Mechatronics Associates Degree program.
The Industrial Maintenance Specialized Diploma is designed to provide hands-on training and experience in electrical mechanical equipment and automated systems. Graduates are prepared as maintenance technicians to analyze, troubleshoot and repair equipment found in the industrial environment.
Classes include Alternating Current/Direct Current (AC/DC) Fundamentals, Industrial Safety, Electric Motor Controls, Intro to Automated Systems/Robotics, Industrial Mechanics and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). Since all classes are credit-based, financial aid is available for students. The program is also included on the Eligible Trainer Provider List, so employers can apply for workforce training funds.
Susan Spry, vice president of applied technologies and workforce development at LCCC, announced the program during a recent Humboldt Park Association meeting. She stated the industrial maintenance is a high-demand field that can lead to well paid jobs and this program is designed to close a critical skills gap in the field.
“Maintenance technicians are the key to making operations run. Companies today need individuals who are cross-trained in skills,” Spry said. “Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people with those skills so this program is designed to help new and incumbent workers gain those critical skills they need to become maintenance technicians.”
CAN DO President and CEO Kevin O’Donnell said, “CAN DO is proud to partner with Luzerne County Community College and the Hazleton Area School District on this industrial maintenance program. Workforce development opportunities are one of the biggest needs we hear about from businesses in our parks. We’re excited to know that this program is going to help so many employees gain the skills they need to succeed in today’s industrial environment.”
To apply online for the Industrial Maintenance Program, visit www.luzerne.edu/admissionsapp/appmain.jsp.