Introduction to
Advanced Manufacturing

Custom Certificate Program

Industry

create precision components

Explore A Career in Machining Processes

Western Piedmont Community College offers you the opportunity for an introduction to machining processes used in industrial settings through this custom certificate.

In addition to machining, you will be introduced to CNC technology, drafting or print reading, and safety protocols for industrial settings.

Career Opportunity

New Pratt & Whitney Facility

Pratt & Whitney, an American aerospace manufacturer with global service operations, is building a one million square-foot advanced manufacturing center on a 100-acre site in Asheville. This plant will make airfoils for civilian and military engines, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and several Airbus and Embraer civilian jets. The greatest number of jobs available will be with plant floor operations and applications for positions will be accepted beginning this fall.

WPCC is partnering with Pratt & Whitney to help provide potential skilled workers prior to the plant’s opening, helping to recruit qualified candidates. This program is part of this partnership, and if you successfully complete the certificate, you will not  be required to do the 16-hour pre-employment assessment and will be guaranteed an interview with Pratt & Whitney (provided you complete the pre-screening of your application).

Pratt & Whitney
Asheville, NC

General
Information

  • 800 new jobs over 5 years, 300-400 to start
  • New hire categories: Machine setup and operation, quality, material handling, engineering, shipping and receiving, facility and equipment maintenance, and business support
  • Three shifts
  • Undetermined at this time. Pratt & Whitney has a projected annual payroll of nearly $55 million, with the positions averaging $68,000 a year.
  • OPENING JULY, 2022
  • TIMELINES:
    • Applications Accepted – Fall, 2021 & Spring, 2022
    • Pre-Hire Assessments – Fall, 2021 & Spring, 2022
    • Interviews – Fall, 2021 & Spring, 2022
    • Training for New Hires – Spring/Summer, 2022

Class Options

The Advanced Manufacturing Certificate consists of 10 to 13 credit hours of classes. Select from the following course offerings:

BPR 111 - PRINT READING

This course introduces the basic principles of blueprint reading. Topics include line types, orthographic projections, dimensioning methods, and notes. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret basic blueprints and visualize the features of a part. (2 hours)

OFFERED: FALL

OR

DFT 111 - TECHNICAL DRAFTING I

This course introduces basic drafting skills, equipment, and applications. Topics include sketching, measurements, lettering, dimensioning, geometric construction, orthographic projections and pictorials drawings, sections, and auxiliary views. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and apply basic drawing principles and practices. (3 hours)

OFFERED: FALL

OR

ISC 112 - INDUSTRIAL SAFETY

This course introduces the principles of industrial safety. Emphasis is placed on industrial safety and OSHA regulations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of a safe working environment and OSHA compliance. (2 hours)

OFFERED: FALL & SPRING

OR

ISC 121 - ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY

This course covers workplace environmental health and safety concepts. Emphasis is placed on managing the implementation and enforcement of environmental health and safety regulations and on preventing accidents, injuries, and illnesses. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts of environmental health and safety. (3 hours)

OFFERED: FALL & SPRING

OR

MAC 111 - MACHINING TECHNOLOGY I

This course introduces machining operations as they relate to the metalworking industry. Topics include machine shop safety, measuring tools, lathes, drilling machines, saws, milling machines, bench grinders, and layout instruments. Upon completion, students should be able to safely perform the basic operations of measuring, layout, drilling, sawing, turning, and milling. (4 hours)

OFFERED: FALL & SPRING

OR

MAC 141 - MACHINING APPLICATIONS I

This course provides an introduction to a variety of material-working processes that are common to the machining industry. Topics include safety, process-specific machining equipment, measurement devices, set-up and layout instruments, and common shop practices. Upon completion, students should be able to safely demonstrate basic machining operations, accurately measure  components, and effectively use layout instruments. (6 hours)

OFFERED: FALL & SPRING

OR

MAC 121 - INTRODUCTION TO CNC

This course introduces the concepts and capabilities of computer numerical control machine tools. Topics include setup, operation, and basic applications. Upon completion, students should be able to explain operator safety, machine protection, data input, program preparation, and program storage.

OFFERED FALL & SPRING

Get Started On An Exciting New Career In Industry.

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Interim Dean,
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