Advanced Manufacturing

Students in WVC's Advanced Manufacturing program learn the skills necessary to enter the workforce as entry-level, skilled-trades workers. Depending on the exact path a student chooses, this could be as a manual machinist, computer numerical control machine operator, computer numerical control machine programmer, programmable logic controller programmer, robotics programmer, robotics technician or general automation technician.

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WVC's Advanced Manufacturing program is the only program of its type in Southern Illinois, and the program maintains a relationship with its advisory council and area employers to ensure students are learning skills that are useful to them.

The program offers training on a wide variety of technologies on site. WVC's Advanced Manufacturing program prepares students for employment in manufacturing-related fields by teaching them the skills needed to succeed. Since most local high schools have done away with shop programs, many students arrive with little to no experience at all with metal working or the other manufacturing-related disciplines, and WVC's Advanced Manufacturing program instructor is prepared to take them from square one.

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Students learn to operate a variety of machining equipment, basic industrial electricity, PLC programming, blueprint reading, CAD (computer aided drafting) and precision measurement.

In addition to acquiring a degree in Advanced Manufacturing, students can earn a host of add-on certificate specialties that require completion of the degree first.

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WVC's Advanced Manufacturing program boasts a host of add-on certificate specialties that require completion of the degree first:

On top of the scholarships offered by the school, WVC's Advanced Manufacturing program also meet the qualifications for the Mike Rowe Works Scholarship.

While internships are not a requirement of the program, most students in the Advanced Manufacturing program work for local manufacturers.

The program also takes at least one field trip per year to a facility where things are manufactures; these educational trips can be a detailed tour of an auto plant, a tour of an aircraft manufacturer like Boeing, etc.