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Advanced Manufacturing Classes Begin at the Hoke Center in August

Woman programming cnc machine. If words like blueprints, mechanical systems, and programmable logic controls pique your interest, a class in Advanced Manufacturing may be up your alley. Classes in Mechatronics, Mechanical Power Transmission, and Production Technician begin in August. The Advanced Manufacturing department at Sandhills Community College offers high-tech, in-demand career training through state-of-the-art equipment designed to meet the growing demand for skilled workers. Through partnerships with local employers, this program aligns class offerings and curriculums to provide employers a pipeline of skilled workers with job-specific skills. These programs do not take an extended period to complete, and many students have employment lined up before graduation. We even offer job placement assistance and career coaching.

Designed to provide students with the necessary foundation content to understanding working with mechanical power transmissions, “Mechanical Power Transmission Fundamentals Level I” covers reading blueprints, industrial mathematics to linear motion, drilling speed calculations and more. Topics are instructor-led with hands-on demonstrations and troubleshooting performed by the student. Upon successful completion, students should be able to identify and apply learning to all fundamental content and demonstrate safe, proper maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.

“Mechanical Power Transmission Fundamentals Level I” will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 19-Feb 3 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The cost is $185 plus the cost of text.

In “Basic Programmable Logic Controls (PLC)”, learn basic logic operations, the creation of a PLC program, design of complex logic operations, storage function applications, implementation of program flow control, analog processing, and how to solve complex text assignments. This is the second of three classes in the SCC Automated Technology Certificate program. The prerequisites for this class Basic electronics or basic knowledge of control engineering (basic logical operations, flip-flops, timers, counters, process control, function plans) and basic knowledge of programming with RSLogix 5000 Rockwell Programming Software.

“Basic Programmable Logic Controls (PLC)” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 20-Jan. 16 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The cost is $185 plus $50 for materials.

“Mechatronics Level I” is a comprehensive multi-level program that teaches students the fundamentals of industrial systems automated technology and prepares them to understand, develop, and troubleshoot automated industrial production systems. Students learn the fundamentals of electrical and mechanical systems, electronics including programmable logic controls systems, line integration and operations, electro-mechanical systems, control systems, servos and sensors, and basic industrial computer systems and operations. Students develop skills in each area by hands-on practice on relevant training platforms and design, implement, and troubleshoot integrated automated systems using a comprehensive, sophisticated industrial system platform.

“Mechatronics Level I” will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 20-April 9 from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $185 plus the cost of text.

Designed to train students for mastery of manufacturing production systems and minor manufacturing equipment maintenance and repair as specified by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council. “Certified Production Technician (CPT)” prepares students to compete for four MSSC certifications: Safety, Quality Practices and Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production, and Maintenance Awareness leading to the comprehensive CPT credential.

“Certified Production Technician (CPT)” will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 26-April 15 from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $185 plus the cost of text.

There may be funds available to help students pay for Continuing Education courses. Contact Jason Levister at (910) 695-3778 or, or Tess Regan at (910) 695-3766 or to learn more about SCC Continuing Education scholarships.


Seats are still available for these classes. To register, stop by the Sandhills Hoke Center at 1110 E. Central Drive in Raeford. You can also register by phone at (910) 695-3980. Registration hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Customized Training for Business and Industry

The SCC Continuing Education team can also customize courses to meet the specific needs of a business or industry, provide resources to assist in developing new training initiatives or help maintain and support current efforts. Courses can be held at convenient times for the business and its employees at any SCC location, business, or other convenient location. To learn more, contact Ronnie Patton at or (910) 695-3925.

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