Skilled To Work: Robotics and Industrial Tech

Machines are common in many factories these days. Bob Parker with Ivy Tech says that's why they're teaching people the skills they'll need to make in manufacturing.

Posted: Apr 17, 2019 9:25 AM
Updated: Apr 18, 2019 1:58 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Ivy Tech has many different programs training people for skilled jobs. In this week's Skilled To Work, we take a look at robotics and industrial tech.

Machines are common in many factories these days. Bob Parker with Ivy Tech says that's why they're teaching people the skills they'll need to make in manufacturing.

"We're teaching electrical skills, mechanical skills, hydrolic skills, neumatic skills, PLC skills - which is a programmable logics controller, robotic skills, vision technology skills, variable frequency drives; just everything you would find in a manufacturing environment is being taught in this room and these programs."

Parker says having people that know these skills is important because they are essential to the operation.

"So they are going to be the front line defense for a machine when it goes down, if there in an industrial technology program they will be called out to try and troubleshoot that machine, fix that machine, get that machine up and running in as quick amount of time as possible. If they're on the automation and robotics side then they are actually learning how to program these machines to perform certain tasks."

Parker says there's good news for people interested and trained in these fields. That news being there are jobs available for students who've completed the programs.

"They're going out to companies like BF Goodrich, or Steel Dynamics or Cooper Tire or Auburn Gear. They're getting employment right out of the program. Students in our automation and robotics program are actually going on into some entry level controls technician types of jobs. So the success is there and they're sometimes actually being recruited before they even complete the program."

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