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Valencia’s Advanced Manufacturing programs offer the short-term training needed for a career in this promising field. All of our industry certifications are nationally-recognized with real value in the marketplace. We also offer the opportunity to expand and add to skills and education through continuing education and degrees.

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Work your way through our Advanced Manufacturing programs to earn a specialized certification for employment and to add to your skills once on the job.

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1. Advanced Manufacturing Specialist Certificate (AMSC)

This required foundation course is designed to introduce you to the field of advanced manufacturing. It will cover the various specializations and certifications available, as well as the different careers. It will also help you build a foundation of basic academic and workplace skills, such as critical thinking, following instructions and dependability. Upon completion, you will have determined which career path you wish to pursue within manufacturing.

2. Accelerated Industry Certification Programs

These nationally recognized, industry-specific certifications provide specialized, hands-on experience in your chosen career path. Each program also contains essential workplace skills, including resume writing and mock interviews, as well as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training.

  • Electronic Board Assembly
    This is a 168-hour course (includes over 80 hours of hands-on experience). This course is recognized nationally within the manufacturing community. The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) is the governing body that tests and certifies individuals for this certification. The education is focused around key skills needed within the manufacturing sector including Safety and Quality Control. Hands-on assembly training including wire harnessing and cabling, soldering, and practical experience with tooling and equipment is also included in this course. Individuals enrolled in this course will have the opportunity to earn both J-STD-001 (Soldered Electric and Electronic Assemblies) and IPC/WHMA-A-620 (Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies) national certifications.
    Typical Starting Wage: $12.50 – 15 per hour
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
    This is a 440-hour course (includes over 200 hours of hands-on experience). This course offers a pathway to one of the most sought after positions in today’s high-tech manufacturing marketplace. You will start with the basics of CNC machining by working first with the manual machines and then progress to working with some of the most advanced computer simulation tools in order to better understand the mechanics of designing and making simple parts. You will have the opportunity to earn both your NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) certification and international certification through IHK in this course.
    Typical Starting Wage: $12.50 – 20 per hour
  • Mechatronics
    This course covers the basics of mechanical components and electrical drives in a complex mechatronic system. You will learn the basic functions and physical properties of mechanical components as well as electrical drives (AC and DC), and the roles they play within the system. You will also learn about mechanical systems and how to increase efficiency and reduce wear and tear. Materials, lubrication requirements and surface properties will be examined. This program offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare students for employment in such areas as Automation, Engineering Technology, and Production. Skills acquired are designed to lead to employment as an Industrial Maintenance Technician.Upon successful completion students will have earned the following certifications:
    • OSHA 10
    • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and/or Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI)
    • Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) and Certified Logistics Associate (CLA)
    Typical Starting Wage: $14 – 20 per hour
  • Welding Technology
    Learn about welding in multiple environments as well as safety, grinding and polishing. Hands-on labs are a critical component of this pathway. Certification for this program is from the American Welding Society (AWS).Welding Level 1 (Entry-Level):
    This 621 hour course will focus on the essentials of becoming an entry-level Welder. Classroom time will encompass; work and shop safety, welding theory, material identification, equipment selection and setup, blueprint reading/shop drawings, welding symbol interpretation, measuring, and related math. Lectures will be taught using a combination of visual aids, presentations, textbooks, videos, and current industry literature. Class structure consists of 20% Classroom (lecture, theory) and 80% demonstration and hands on training.

    Topics Covered:

    • Safety related to welding
    • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
    • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
    • Oxy-Fuel Cutting
    • Plasma Arc Cutting
    • Carbon Arc Cutting
    • Blueprint/Shop Drawings
    • Welding Symbol Interpretation
    • Equipment Troubleshooting and MaintenanceUpon successful completion of this program, students will have earn the following:
    • Program Certificate of Completion
    • CPR/First Aid
    • OSHA-10 hour Certification
    • AWS GMAW CertificationWelding Level 2 (Advanced):
    **Prerequisite: Welding Level 1

    In this 525 course, students will learn advanced Welding techniques and concepts. Classroom instruction will focus on determining proper settings and processes, material identification, gas selection, polarity selection, basic metallurgy, additional related mathematics, fabrication and detailing, advanced process selections. Lectures will be taught using a combination of visual aids, presentations, textbooks, videos, and current industry literature.
    Lab will focus on intermediate Gas Metal Arc Welding processes to include steel and aluminum, Flux-Cored Arc Welding and Dual Shielded Arc Welding. Students will also lean basic and intermediate Gas Tungsten Arc Welding on steel and aluminum. Other training includes CNC operations related to plasma cutting and programing Robotic Welders at entry-level proficiency. Class structure consists of 20% Classroom (lecture, theory) and 80% demonstration and hands on training.Topics Covered:
    • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
    • Gas Metal Arc Welding Aluminum (GMAW-A)
    • Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
    • Dual Shielded Welding
    • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
    • Ferrous and Non Ferrous Metals
    • Fabrication
    • Computer Numerical Controlled Plasma Arc Cutting
    • Robotic programing and welding

    Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn the following:
    • Program Certificate of Completion
    • GMAW Aluminum
    • AWS FCAW Certification
    • AWS GTAW Certification

  • Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certifications
    • Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)*
      These national certifications recognize those who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of material handling. Upon successful completion of the certification assessments, participants will receive the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) and/or the Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certifications from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).
    • Certified Logistics Associate (CLA)
  • Six Sigma
    • Green Belt Certification*
      Participants of this course will receive training in problem-solving methods used to improve organizational performance. It will teach intermediate-level concepts of Lean Six Sigma, with a focus on productivity and quality improvement methods, concepts, and tools. Participants will also be involved in a case study at a local company and present the results of that study to members of the company’s senior management team.
    • Black Belt Certification*
      This course will provide learners with advanced-level training in Lean Six Sigma methods, concepts, and tools. Participants will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to lead large-scale Lean Six Sigma projects at their organizations. Prior Green Belt certification is required to take this course.
  • Lean Manufacturing
    • Bronze Certification*
      In this course you will learn the basic lean principles and tools, and gain the ability to apply tactical implementation to drive improvement and show measurable results. This entry-level certification is designed for those implementing the processes within their organizations.
    • Silver Certification*
      Candidates for this course should have two or more years of professional experience that includes leading improvement teams and successfully applying lean thinking, processes and techniques. This certificate will help to integrate your lean knowledge with hands-on experience.
    • Platinum Certification*
      In this course you will learn how to apply your lean knowledge from a strategic perspective. This course is designed for seasoned managers with five or more years of professional experience in areas such as overseeing improvement teams and driving process changes within their organizations.

* Contact an Advanced Manufacturing program advisor for more details on this program.

3. Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree from Valencia College

Valencia’s A.S. degrees prepare you to work in a specialized career field and also transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) program offered at some universities, such as the University of Central Florida. Industry-certified professionals may be able to receive credits toward Valencia’s A.S. degree for professional experience.

  • A.S. in Drafting and Design Technology
    This program is designed to train technicians to assist engineers by translating ideas, rough sketches, specifications and calculations into complete and accurate working drawings. In addition, instruction is given in three Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) courses which prepare the student for employment with companies using computer assisted engineering and design. Potential careers with this degree include: drafting and design technician, mechanical engineering assistant, CADD operator, mechanical drafter, drafting designer and tooling drafter.
  • A.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology
    This program is designed to produce highly skilled technicians capable of assisting in the design, production, operation and servicing of electronics, optics, photonics, lasers, telecommunication and wireless systems and equipment. Valencia is equipped with special test equipment and advanced laboratories, which provide the latest in hands-on experience. Potential careers with this degree include: electronics technician, fiber optics specialist, telecommunication technician, robotics and simulation technician, and laser specialist.

4. Bachelor's Degree

A bachelor’s degree, combined with professional experience, will enhance opportunities for management positions. Those who complete an A.S. degree may be able to transfer into a related bachelor’s program, including Valencia’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology and the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) program offered at the University of Central Florida and other universities.

5. Continuing Education

Valencia’s Continuing Education division offers specialized training and consulting services to help both students and those already in the field to further their careers.

  • Leadership Development Programs
  • Supervision Skills
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources
  • Technology
  • Language Skills

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