White Mountains Community College announces new Industrial Mechanics Certificate

White Mountains Community College announces new Industrial Mechanics Certificate

White Mountains Community College announces new Industrial Mechanics Certificate

Program that trains individuals to be skilled industrial mechanics enrolling for fall 2019

 

Berlin, NH - Due to industry demand in the North Country and well beyond, White Mountains Community College (WMCC) has created a new Industrial Mechanics Certificate program and is now enrolling students for the fall semester. The program focuses on education and training geared towards students who want to become industrial mechanics, also known as millwrights. Applications are currently being accepted.

Industrial Mechanics play a key role helping maintain large equipment such as turbines, motors, compressors, fans and pumps, and ensuring that the machinery is operating at optimal levels through precision work. The training students will receive through the certificate program will ensure that they have well-rounded hard and soft skills required in the profession, such as welding, the ability to problem solve, and attention to detail.

“An industrial mechanic is essentially a mechanical engineer without the calculus. Students who earn the new Industrial Mechanics Certificate will have many well-paying and professionally rewarding career opportunities. This includes positions in power plants, large manufacturing facilities, the automotive manufacturing industry and more. Industrial mechanics are critical members of the team at these types of companies, by virtue of the role they play in keeping complex operations going and at peak performance, ,” said Kyle Aubut, program coordinator for the Industrial Mechanics Certificate program at WMCC.

The program was developed in response to industry need. The Eastern Millwright Regional Council reached out to WMCC about their need for more skilled Millwrights. WMCC determined the demand was sufficient and hired Aubut, who was working in the field with Gorham Paper and Tissue, to build and run the program. Industry engagement has been key in the program development and the Eastern Millwright Regional Council has had representatives serve on the program’s advisory team, helped develop the curriculum and loaned equipment that will be used for training.

“The hands-on learning component is critical in this field,” Aubut said. “As a result, we have been successful in attracting industry partners to become involved in the program. It’s a win- win because these partners may be the future employers of our students.” Current partners include Gorham Paper and Tissue, J.D. Irving Forestry Products, Burgess Biopower, Cianbro and Nine Dragons Pulp and Paper. Additional partners are also being recruited.

The Industrial Mechanics Certificate program is accepting students on a rolling basis, provided that they meet the admissions requirement of a high school diploma, GED or HiSET. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early so they can complete the process of filing for financial aid, and purchasing the required materials and tools for the program.

To learn more about the new Industrial Mechanics Certificate program at WMCC contact kaubut@ccsnh.edu, call 603-342-3079 or visit wmcc.edu.

Photo caption: A millwright using a laser alignment tool on a pump and motor.

About WMCC

White Mountains Community College (WMCC) is located in Berlin, New Hampshire with satellite campuses in Littleton and North Conway, and is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire. WMCC offers Associate Degree and Certificate programs, plus training options, preparing students for 21st century job opportunities as well as transfer pathways to four-year colleges and universities. WMCC is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Our courses are the most affordable in New Hampshire and our Littleton Academic Center makes us accessible to all students in the North Country Region. Courses are available day, evening and online. WMCC courses transfer to four-year colleges and universities in New Hampshire and across the country. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.

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