Advanced Manufacturing Classes

The Advanced Manufacturing program 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, the Advanced Manufacturing Program aligns class offerings and curriculum to provide employers a pipeline of skilled workers with job-specific skills.

Classes prepare students to achieve national certifications from institutes such as the National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER), Manufacturers’ Skills Standards Council (MSSC), Electronic Technicians’ Association (ETA), and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Content focuses on safety and fundamental job skills preparing students for gainful employment. Job placement assistance and career coaching are offered to students who successfully complete the course.

Opportunities are also available for high school students. Please see your guidance counselor for more information regarding the high school track and visit for additional details.

For more information, contact Tess Regan at (910) 246-4117 or

Class Offerings

Forklift Operator

Earn the National Safety Council’s (NSC) lift truck operator by successfully completing this class.
Text: NSC Lift Truck Operator, by National Safety Council ISBN: 2818440022999 (available in the SCC bookstore in Dempsey Student Center).
CEU: 1.1

Code Class Days
Dates Time
2376 Thursday August 11 8:30 am-4 pm Nicholas Williams Breakthrough Construction Center,

Larry Caddell Training Center, Carthage

$77.50 + text
 Friday August 12 8 am-Noon


NCCER Core Essentials

NCCER Core is a prerequisite/co-requisite to Level 1 Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Welding, and Sprinkler Fitting classes.
Modules include basic safety, communication skills and an introduction to construction drawings.
Text: Core:Introduction to Basic Construction Skills, 6th Edition by Pearson, ISBN: 978-0-13-748334-1.
CEU: 6.0

Code Class Days Dates Time Instructor Cost Location
2366 Tuesdays and Thursdays May 17-July 28

No class on July 5-7.

6-9 pm David Clark $211.50 + text Breakthrough Construction Center,

Larry Caddell Training Center, Carthage

3366 Tuesdays and Thursdays Aug. 16-Oct. 6 6-9:30 pm Nicholas Williams
1431 Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 10-May 2

No class on April 11

6-9 pm Charlie Johnson $211.50 + text Palmer Trades Center, Pinehurst Campus


Welding Level II

Prerequisite: Welding Level I
Welding Level I introduces trainees to the mastery of basic welding skills and techniques including safety, metal cutting and fitting, and welding skills using generally recognized industry processes.

Code Class Days Dates Time Instructor Location Cost
3435 Tuesdays & Thursdays Aug. 2-Apr. 13 6-9 pm  Steve Howie Palmer Center,

Pinehurst Campus

$211.50 + texts

Virtual Skills Academy

The Sandhills Community College Virtual Skills Academy offers a quick-start road map that allows students to build knowledge in preparation for a career in manufacturing. Unlike many other training programs, the Virtual Skills Academy requires minimal preparation. It is efficient, effective training that has been developed with input from manufacturing experts.

These online classes are self-paced, and easy to access through smart phones, tablets, and computers. Each course provides pre- and post- assessments and the ability to review and learn through a variety of engaging activities.

The engaging online classes are a preset curriculum with supplemental videos. There is pre- and post-training complete with knowledge assessments and guidance from Sandhills staff. By successfully completing the class, students are prepared for entry-level jobs in manufacturing and ready for further on-the-job training.

Industrial Maintenance Technician
Electrical Production
Automation Technician
Quality Technician
Forming, Fabrication, and Stamping
Mold/Extrusion Operator
Mold Maker
Certified Production Technician (CPT) Part 1 and 2

Contact us today to learn more!