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PLC/Robotics Instruction Added

Catawba Valley Community College’s Workforce Development Center will offer industrial controls training that will include the topics of industrial electronics, programmable logic controllers and robotics. Several courses are currently being developed to begin in March with others to follow based on demand.

These courses will be taught by automation and controls specialist Jim Thomas. He has 20 years of experience in the natural gas transportation, optical fiber and fiber optic cable manufacturing and automotive glass manufacturing industries. He has held numerous positions in these industries including principle/senior controls engineer, senior communications engineer, senior division engineer, facilities engineer, and automation engineer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. 

Thomas offers a wealth of experience in different types of PLCs, including Allen Bradley (ControlLogix, PLC-5, SLC 500, MicroLogix), Modicon (Quantum, 984), Texas Instruments, Automation Direct, General Electric, and Siemens.  He is also experienced with a number of human machine interface (HMI) software programs, including Rockwell Software FactoryTalk View/RSView, Wonderware Intouch, USData FactoryLink, and Iconics Genesis.

Several courses will be offered as components of a Maintenance Technician Certificate program. These courses are funded by Gov. Perdue’s JobsNOW initiative designed to provide new skills training to displaced workers. Individuals who desire to expand their knowledge of industrial electricity, industrial electronics, and PLCs will find this training helpful. These skills may help individuals find employment with companies that use, or plan to use, high-tech systems to control their machines and processes.

Local manufacturers who want to develop the existing technical skills of their employees who work with automation and controls equipment may also be interested in this training.

For more information, contact Susan Harris at CVCC, 828-327-7000, ext. 4294.
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