Nicolet College to expand manufacturing training with new associate degree
Nicolet College is continuing to expand its manufacturing training options to include a new associate degree that focuses on the electronics and computers that control the systems to operate a production line.
“Manufacturing has many specialties and Nicolet’s new Electromechanical Technology degree is a perfect complement to the college’s other academic offerings in this field,” Brigitte Kumbier, Nicolet dean of Trade and Industry, said.
Classes are expected to start in the fall semester of 2014.
As with all new academic programs, the college surveys area employers to gauge demand for potential graduates with a special skill set.
“The survey for this program showed that area manufacturers were excited to hear that the college was looking at starting an Electromechanical program,” Kumbier said. “They strongly supported Nicolet in this effort.”
Area companies participating in the survey included Printpack, Packaging Corporation of America, Drs. Foster & Smith, and Expera Specialty Solutions.
As for the job itself, electromechanical technicians install, troubleshoot, repair and upgrade electronic and computer-controlled mechanical systems, such as automated assembly machines. The skill set required combines knowledge of mechanical engineering technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits.
The average annual salary in Wisconsin six months after graduation is $39,309 which increases with experience.
This new degree brings the total number of academic credentials Nicolet offers in manufacturing to 12. They range from short-term certificates to two-year associate degrees. Each credential is structured so that it ladders into the next, meaning that the credits earned in a short-term certificate can be applied to a more advanced diploma program. These credits can then ultimately be applied to a two-year associate degree.
“That’s one of the beauties of Nicolet’s Manufacturing program. Students can earn a college credential relatively quickly and then use that as the foundation for higher academic credentials,” Kumbier said.
For more information about training for a career in manufacturing, call Nicolet at 715-365-4493, 800-544-3039, ext. 4493; TDD 715-365-4448.