Industry and 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 CECCP for additional details.

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

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Class Offerings

Basic Machining

Designed to help individuals meet entry-level requirements for machining employment. Instruction includes the operation of drill presses, metal-cutting saws, lathes, milling machines, and grinders. Students will produce precision parts utilizing appropriate speeds, feeds, and tooling. Content is designed to prepare students to take the NIMS Certifi cation test.
Texts: Technology of Machine Tools- 8th Edition ISBN-13: 9781260087932, and the student workbook ISBN 9781260439175

Current Class Offerings
Mechanical Maintenance Fundamentals 

This two-phase program is designed to provide the necessary foundation for an industrial maintenance career. Students will learn and perform proper tooling, service procedures, and installation. Instruction will include setup procedures and equipment necessary to analyze and repair typical industrial equipment. Emphasis is placed on mechanical equipment troubleshooting and repair, including common techniques and procedures.

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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

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