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The electromechanical faculty will be demonstrating the latest automation and robotic training systems. The new Amatrol Mechatronics training system delivers the latest skills to PJC students and industry employees in robotics, industry relevant integration skills, automation system maintenance, and troubleshooting skills. This new training system mirrors the latest computer controlled manufacturing systems in North America.
Paris Junior College’s new electromechanical classroom was redesigned and has all new equipment as well as revamped adjacent space. The new facility will provide advanced training for maintenance technicians in a variety of industries served by the college in the five-county area. The program addresses growing demand for employees trained on programmable logic controllers across many types of industries. The PJC program offers training on enhanced programmable logic controllers and robotics affecting this region’s manufacturing sector.
The equipment was made possible by $314,520 received from Texas Comptroller Susan Combs for a Maintenance and Repair Technician program. The funds are part of the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) program that readies students to enter the workforce.
The training equipment is for electromechanical technicians, and also provides advanced training and continuing education for maintenance and service technicians. The new classroom will provide a regional training and demonstration facility to cultivate a local workforce serving businesses and industries considering this region for start-up or relocation.
“PJC will begin offering a local manufacturing academy,” said PJC President Dr. Pamela Anglin, “available to all levels of students from high school to college who are enrolled in the program. It will also serve currently employed individuals needing customized industry training. This will enhance our strong manufacturing base in the region.”
PJC’s service area has a large concentration of food, dairy, paper products and distribution facilities. They are supported by “continuous process” technology, allowing raw materials to be delivered to one end of the facility and a finished product delivered to a shipping area with little or no human interaction. This requires efficient cooperation between sensors, conveyors, motors, variable frequency drives, radio frequency identification and programmable logic controllers.
“Our area technicians must have the know-how to install, maintain, program and repair this kind of equipment,” said Dr. Anglin. “PJC now has a powerful tool to keep them current and competitive.”
When: 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
Where: Bobby R. Walters Workforce Training Center, north side of Clarksville St. in Paris
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