Forty-one students started BCTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program in July, making 2014 the largest incoming class since the program began in Fall 2010. This rigorous program requires students to be college ready when they enter the program and prepared to meet standards of professional behavior.
While enrolled in the program, students work three days a week at their sponsoring manufacturer as a paid employee and attend school full time two days a week at the Advanced Manufacturing Center. They also participate and complete manufacturing core exercises that help integrate them into the world of manufacturing.
The program has people of all ages participating, from students straight out of high school to veterans and those returning to school for a career change.
The AMT program has strict standards for its students, both when they are admitted and as they continue through the program. They complete the program in five semesters and are prepared to be hired into a full-time entry level position making $40,000 to $60,000 as a manufacturing technician. Students who complete this program have more opportunities to be promoted in their jobs or further their education in engineering, technology or business.
During orientation, students learn what is expected from them as part of the program. The program prepares the student to be a professional from the beginning, both in the classroom and at work.
Students learn not only the technical skills, but the soft skills that are needed to succeed in their career. All are required to be present and on time daily for classes and for their manufacturing jobs. Students agree to behave in a professional manner, whether in the classroom or on the job; demonstrate a strong work ethic; be a team member; and actively participate in presentations to the Center’s frequent visitors.
To accommodate the increase in students, extra cohorts have been added and classes will now be taught four days a week instead of two. In addition to the incoming class of students, 21 students are entering their second year in the AMT Program.
This year’s sponsoring manufacturers are: Toyota, LinkBelt, 3M, E.D. Bullard, Montaplast, Florida Tile, Cantalent Pharma Solutions, Hitachi, Central Motor Wheel of America, Webasto, TOPY America, and Commonwealth Machine and Tool. Greg Higdon, President and CEO of Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, was the guest speaker for the orientation event. Thank you to all the manufacturers who assisted with the three days of orientation.