Manufacturing Certificates

Community College Manufacturing Certificates

5 Technical Certificate Programs are being Offered in the Fall of 2019

Don’t miss this opportunity!

  • Gain the skills needed to get a good-paying job!
  • Low to no tuition costs!
  • No need to travel far…just to a local Career and Technical Center!
  • Earn while you learn with participating employers!

These programs are being offered to help address the “skills gap” problem in the manufacturing industry in our region. This will bring the same affordable, quality, technical education offered at the Community Colleges to the underserved rural counties of Northwest PA at the lowest cost possible. This partnership is a proven method to help rural communities and local employers meet their educational/training needs by utilizing the local Career and Technology Centers during the times they are not being used by high school students.

The Pennsylvania CareerLink Young Adult Services has funds available to help cover training costs if you are between 16-24 years of age and fit any of these conditions:

  • Dropped out of school
  • Low in math, reading, and/or writing skills
  • Unstable housing, runaway, or in foster care
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • Burdened with a Criminal Record
  • Disabled or faced with other barriers to employment
  • English as a second language
  • Need additional assistance to complete your education

The Keystone Community Education Council, the Community College of Allegheny County, local career and technical centers and the Appalachian Regional Commission have partnered to bring five (5) Technical Certificate Programs into the Northwest Pennsylvania area.

The Basic Electronics program is designed to provide job skills required to meet the needs of electronics and manufacturing companies and provides a path toward the completion of an associate’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology.

This program is offered by the Community College of Allegheny County for residents of northwestern Pennsylvania.  Program courses will apply towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution.

Possible job titles you will prepare for include:

  • Electronics technician
  • Service technician in computer manufacturing technology
  • Broadcast engineer
  • Sales technician manager
  • Home entertainment service technician
  • Repair technician
  • Electronic assembler
  • Soldering technician
  • Field service technician
  • Business owner

The Welding Technology Certificate program provides students with entry-level skills in both flat and pipe welding, and blueprint reading. Students in this certificate program are eligible to take individual AWS, SMAW, ASME, and API Certification Tests.  Students may find employment as welders, fabricators, grinders or in the gas and oil industry.

Students in the Welding Technology Certificate Program acquire skills in:

  • Utilizing safety procedures and theory of Shielded Metal Arc Welding Processes
  • Utilizing multi-layered welds in different weld joints and weld positions
  • Operating oxy-fuel cutting and brazing equipment safety
  • Identifying and interpreting blueprints and basic weld (AWS) symbols
  • Apply safety procedures and theory of the Shielded Metal Arc Welding processes.
  • Utilize multi-layered welds in different weld joints and weld positions.
  • Demonstrating Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, Flux Core Arc Welding processes and the safety and setup procedures for metals, e., aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel
  • Apply safety procedures and theory of the Shielded
  • Metal Arc Welding processes.
  • Utilize multi-layered welds in different weld joints and weld positions.
  • Make a shielded metal- arc weld on schedule 80 pipe in a fixed 6G position.
  • Transition pipe welding skills to the downhill process using specialized electrodes.

The Machine Technician Certificate Program is designed to train individuals for entry-level employment in the machine and manufacturing industry. It also provides a path toward completion of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, and an entry into other fields of manufacturing and engineering technology. Students have the opportunity to work in a project-oriented environment with an emphasis on precision, quality, and development of sound work attitudes and skills.

Prepare to enter the Oil and Gas Industry

The Pipe Welding Certificate program is designed to train AWS Certified Welders for employment in the Oil and Gas/Petrochemical industry, with the possibility of earning an additional 9 credits at Venango Technology Center in Oil City.

This program provides students with the following knowledge and skills:

  • WLD-222 Pipe Welding 1 Basic – Uphill shielded metal-arc welding (SMAW) for pipe
  • WLD-223 Pipe Welding 2 Advanced – Prep for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Welding Society (AWS) pipe welding certification in uphill shielded metal-arc welding for 6 diameter, schedule 80 pipe in the 6G (45 degree) fixed position
  • WLD-224 Pipe Welding 3 Downhill/Exp – Prep for the American Petroleum Institute (API) downhill shielded metal-arc pipe welding process, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) pipe welding with a TIG root

The Welding, Gas & Oil certificate program is designed to provide students with the skills for employment as a pipe welder in industries such as cross-country natural gas transmission and natural gas retailers. Successful completion of this program prepares the student for the following examinations: SMAW, AWS D1.1 and D1.5 on 1-inch plate in the vertical position; ASME and AWS pipe welding certification in uphill SMAW for 6-inch diameter schedule 80 pipe in the 6G fixed position; and the API downhill shielded metal-arc process used to connect natural gas cross country transmission pipelines. The program accommodates the schedules of working individuals by providing classes locally.

For questions contact Keystone Community Education Council at:

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