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 Deneane Smith at (910) 246-4117 or

Welding Essentials

Instructor: Phil Sochia
Pinehurst Campus
Palmer 107
$185.00 + $100 material fees          CEU: 14.4

Course focuses on the essentials used in basic MIG and Sick welding.
Designed to train students for basic welding skills.
Focus is on safety and techniques including metal cutting and fitting, and welding skills using generally recognized industry processes.

Course Code: 2437
Saturdays, Jan. 8-June 25           9 am-3 pm

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
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Forming, Fabrication, and Stamping
Mold/Extrusion Operator
Mold Maker
Certified Production Technician (CPT) Part 1 and 2

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