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Production Technician Academy - Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Production Technician Academy

The manufacturing sector needs skilled workers. As the nation recovers from the Great Recession, manufacturers are leading the way in job growth. Unlike many other entry level employment opportunities, manufacturing continues to be a leader in providing on-the-job training, sponsorship of apprenticeships, and payment for continued education and career advancement.

The Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium is a group of 26 companies, working together, to increase the number of people interested and qualified to fill the jobs they have to offer. Southwest Michigan First, Michigan Works! Kalamazoo/St. Joseph Counties, Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Center, Glen Oaks Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College have collaborated to develop the Production Technician Academy.

The Production Technician Academy is a competency based training program designed to prepare graduates for successful, long term careers in manufacturing. Participants attend class Monday through Friday for 4 ½ weeks. This fast track program will be delivered by both Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Glen Oaks Community College.

Local Employers Support the Production Technician Academy

Kalamazoo Valley Community College will deliver the Production Technician Academy at the Groves Campus.  Local employers have contributed scholarships which will cover the $1,600 fee for those who are not eligible for publically funded training grants, as determined by Michigan Works! Kalamazoo/St. Joseph Counties.

These companies have contributed to a scholarship fund to support the first pilot programs, and as flagship companies will have the opportunity to interview the trainees for positions before they graduate:

  • AccroSeal
  • American Axle & Manufacturing
  • Flowserve Corporation
  • Humphrey Products
  • Landscape Forms
  • LKF Marketing
  • Parker Hannifin - Pneumatics
  • Richard and Thelma Hall Foundation
  • Schupan and Sons
  • Southwest Michigan Tooling Consortium
  • Stryker Corporation

Industry Expectations for Production Technicians

Production technicians must possess the skills, knowledge and competencies necessary to carry out the responsibilities assigned to the job. These include the ability to:

  • Maintain a safe and productive work area
  • Maintain quality and implement continuous improvement processes
  • Correct the product or process to meet quality standards
  • Manufacture product to meet customer needs
  • Maintain equipment, tools and workstations
  • Communicate with coworkers and/or external customers to ensure production meets business requirements
  • Recognize business financial imperatives
  • Demonstrate good personal ethics, characteristics and behaviors through a drug free lifestyle, being at work every day on time, no violent crime convictions, being a team player and finding fulfillment in a job well done.
  • Candidates must be willing to work a variety of shifts including holidays and weekends.  They must be willing to work overtime.
  • Technicians must also be able to keep up with the physical demands of the position, such as extended time standing, bending and stooping, lifting and exposure to noise.

This is a hands-on program which provides a full range of certified safety training and an opportunity to practice on the electrical and mechanical equipment in the lab. Professional tools are used throughout the course. Educational partnerships with industry provide students with unique industry exposure and hands on practice.

Credentials Earned

Certificate of Completion - The Certificate of Completion from either Kalamazoo Valley Community College or Glen Oaks Community College will be awarded to graduates based on written and practical examinations as well as adherence to the standards of the program.

Transcript of Competencies - Over the course of the program, specific competencies will be assessed. As skills are demonstrated by the students, a Transcript of Competencies will be signed by the certified instructors. At the conclusion of the program, the Transcript of Competencies will serve as a specific reference an employer can use to evaluate the student as a job candidate.