Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Edison State Darke County Campus Launches New Program to Meet Workforce Needs

Professor of Manufacturing/Industrial Management Steve Sykes gives a demonstration to a potential student.
To meet the growing demand of the regional manufacturing industry, Edison State Community College will offer a new Equipment Maintenance Technology and Factory Automation certificate program this fall in Darke County. The certificate program consists of ten courses that can be completed in as little as one year.

“Manufacturers in the region have requested programs to assist with the shortage of skilled maintenance technicians,” said Lisa Wendel of the Darke County Economic Development Office. “This program will assist those companies with filling that need. Individuals who participate and complete this program will be heavily sought after by local industry.”

The Equipment Maintenance Technology program will prepare students to pursue various career opportunities upon completion including service technician, equipment repair specialist, field service technician, production mechanic, and maintenance technician to name a few.

According to, students certified in this field will have the potential to make the regional average of $46,575 annually.

“Manufacturing throughout the region is highly automated and Equipment Maintenance Technicians are needed to keep today’s advanced technology running smoothly,” said Chad Beanblossom, Dean of Darke County Campus.

The program will be offered through the college’s Darke County Campus while also serving residents of Mercer, Miami, Preble, Randolph, Shelby, and surrounding counties.

Students enrolled in the program will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Greenville High School Advanced Manufacturing Lab to take courses in circuits, digital electronics, advanced controls, electronic devices, hydraulics and pneumatics, programmable logic controllers, industrial controls, and robotics.

For more information or to enroll, speak with an advisor by calling 937-548-5546 or visiting Edison State’s Darke County Campus located at 601 Wagner Avenue in Greenville.

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