The ICTC’s Adult Education Department is once again offering free Basic Manufacturing Skills Training, with classes being offered both in January and March. The training is designed to equip participants with the fundamental skills needed to enter employment or apprenticeship in manufacturing.

The training is offered at no cost through grant funding from the PA Department of Labor & Industry, and focuses on skills that employers in the manufacturing industry look for when hiring. Topics covered include blueprint reading, math, handheld and electronic measuring tools, manufacturing processes, and basic shop equipment operation. Successful participants will have the opportunity to earn two NIMS credentials and OSHA 10 certification.

We offered similar training in 2017. One of the students who took advantage of the class was Stoney Wagner, of Homer City, who felt that the blueprint and measurement reading training he received as part of the class gave him an edge in his search for employment.

“You learn how to run the machines used in the workforce,” Wagner stated. “By the end of the program, I was pretty much running the machines on my own.”

Penn United Technologies of Saxonburg hired classmate Tyler Zapach, of Creekside, as a machine operator shortly after he completed the training at ICTC. Earning his NIMS credentials and ToolingU certifications through the class made him stand out during the hiring process, Zapach said.

“It’s something you can put on a resume other than just saying, ‘I have experience,’” he said. “The training was definitely a thorough introduction into manufacturing. I came into the class not knowing one thing about machining. After the class, I have a pretty diverse idea of the machining field. I was exposed to a lot of different aspects of the trade field.”

Spaces in the training class are limited. Classes will be offered March 26th, through May 23rd from 4:30-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Students must be able to provide a copy of their high school diploma or GED, and take a drug screen to enroll. Interested individuals should contact us at 724-349-6700, ext. 131. Training is open to both currently employed and unemployed individuals.

441 Hamill Road
Indiana, PA 15701

Phone: (724) 349-6700