WINSTON-SALEM — Forsyth Technical Community College will offer four, 16-week classes in the fall and spring to train people for in-demand skilled maintenance positions. The school's Industrial Systems Technology program targets four common issues in manufacturing.
"Students actually take courses, especially for the certificate, in hydraulics and pneumatics, machine shop, maintenance practices,” said program coordinator Robin Petree.
There will also be a course in mechanisms.
"Students learn how to read precision measuring instruments, how to disassemble machinery that is involved with bearings and shafts and actually how this machinery comes apart, what are the repair procedures and to actually reassemble that piece of equipment." said Petree.
The classes at the school's main campus and its campus in King fulfill the requirements for the Machine Operator Certificate.
"Students learn to work on equipment like conveyers, for example. Conveyer systems are used in many different kinds of operations," said Petree.
Petree said Forsyth Tech has worked hand in glove for years with many companies looking for skilled workers. The mission has not changed.
"Of course, my IST program. We worked in close relationship with many companies over the years. That's why we're here. To provide this specialty training that these companies need for either current or future employees," said Petree.
The cost of the four, 16-week classes is $884, plus a $25 parking fee and the cost of books.