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Industrial manufacturing goes high tech!
Advanced Technological Education Television
Multi-skilled technicians are a critical component in
today's manufacturing work force employers are looking
for candidates with diverse skills that can be adapted to
many industrial situations.
- Voice Over -
"We supply local industry with multi-skilled technicians."
Student #1, "Multiple 1 data 1; so it will be right there."
"This person can handle the welding, the HVAC
requirements, the machine, the industry mechanics,
the industrial electrician, the PLC program, the Robotics
program, all of these are going to have to be
encompassed in one person one employee in order for
them to compete."
"Right there you’re missing something in your address.
So double click on that."
Student #2, "I was working at an aluminum plant
and I was a high candidate for supervisor, but they
wanted our supervisors to have the skills and knowledge
to work on PLC or motor controls or change a limit switch."
Let’s change to that red switch.
Hit start button and start the circuit.
The students work installing a seal-in circuit, very much like
a relay circuit, except it's done in later logic which is for
programmable logic controllers.
Male Student, "We're going to have to branch it
around the stop switch."
Mike Deal, "How does that relate to what you learned
back in motor controls?"
Female Student, "In motor controls 1 and 2 we will wire in the
seal-in. As to here where it's done on the computer."
Motor Controls, PLCs', drive systems and things like that
these are core things you've just got to have. It's almost as
important as having a high school diploma.
Go to a plastic side.
We teach using a mechatronics trainer so the students
can see the integration of the four things that make up
mechatronics. They can see the fluid power, mechanical,
electrical, and the PLCs. How it integrates together to
produce a final product.
It let's us know it's going to pick
it up and then put the spool in there.
Jake Hildebrant, "We teach what's called a systems approach,
and what that means is we try to teach the students a system
and learn on the system and then we teach the theory
from that system."
Student #3, "It makes me very comfortable with technology
and my mechanical abilities as a whole is broad enough that I
don't have to limit myself to one specific job, and they were really
emphasize on what you really need to know as far as hands on training."
(Students working) "If I was going to give you my reverse
number six would give me forward."
Mike Deal, "When they come into the lab that's where we
challenge them to shows us that they know the content
frontwards and backwards. That's where we have problem
based scenarios that they have to be introduced to."
It's more a matter of lab coats and meters than it is wrenches and grease.
"You have control over the robot with this."
Mike Deal, "A lot of people still have the dirty hands image of
technical education and so much has changed with automation
and motion control and robotics and things that separates the
older generation technical work force from the new."
Student #2, "You're expected to be able to fix whatever the
problem is they call you and say, "We're not running we need
you to find what it is." Everybody from production, to the
maintenance management, plant manager, president, everybody
is depending on you to go in and diagnosis this problem and fix it.
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Articulation agreements with regional and in-state universities allow you to apply your credit hours awarded in the AIT program towards a bachelor's degree. The AIT curriculum is modularized. See how the content is divided.
For a printable copy of program course requirements, click an option above or consult the Madisonville Advising Plan.
Upon completing the Multi-Skilled Industrial Technician option you will have a diverse set of skills and knowledge needed to obtain employment in various settings including those within the manufacturing and industrial sectors. You will be able to perform a variety of multidisciplinary tasks traditionally performed by a number of field-specific technicians, thus providing a cost effective and highly sought alternative for employers.
By completing the Medical Equipment and Instrumentation option your can obtain employment as a Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET). BMETs work in a number of settings including: hospitals, clinics, medical universities, home medical equipment companies, equipment manufacturers, and contract service providers. Most BMETs obtain employment in hospital settings and work closely with physicians, nurses, scientists, healthcare technicians and administrators. They ensure the safe and effective use of sophisticated electronic medical technology utilized for all aspects of patient care.
The Power Plant Technician option is designed for entry level positions in the Power Plant Industry as a multi-skilled technician. These industries include, but are not limited to positions in fossil fuel, hydro, nuclear, and alternative energy power plants. Also included are any industries where steam and electricity is generated. Imbedded within the curriculum is an Edison Electrical Institute Exam prep course to help graduates be better prepared to take the power plant entrance exam.
This program has no special admission requirements. Please consult MCC’s general admission requirements.
If you are transferring from the Manufacturing and Industrial Technology curriculum at another KCTCS institution you should use the MIT-to-AIT course map-over to see how your credits will transfer into the program.
Students majoring in AIT-Multi-Skilled, Air Conditioning Technology, Computerized Manufacturing & Machining (Machine Tool) or Welding are eligible for a $500 scholarship each semester.
Mining Technology majors are eligible for full-tuition scholarships each semester. Interested students should complete the KCA Scholarship Application. All students must maintain 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for KCA scholarships.
Most students complete the program within two years. Due to the flexible on-site scheduling of laboratory course work and online delivery of instructional course work, the time it takes to complete the degree requirements will vary.
David Alsip, Multi-skilled Industrial Technician Program Coordinator
Joey Jones, Medical Equipment and Instrumentation Program Coordinator
Jake Hildebrant, Power Plant Technician Program Coordinator
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.