Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

CPD: Mechatronics

Have you ever considered a career in manufacturing but did not know the skills you would need? If you are interested in manufacturing, the new program being offered at CCAC may be right for you. The Certified Production Technician certification will give you the entry level skills you need to work in manufacturing. This nationally-recognized course covers Safety, Quality Practices and Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production and Maintenance Awareness. These topics are applicable to all sectors of manufacturing. This certification is endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers and recognized by local manufacturing firms.

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View Video: Mechatronics Training at CCAC

Once you complete the Certified Production Technician certification, you may then enroll in the Mechatronics program.

For information about CCAC degree and certificate programs beginning Fall 2014, go to Mechatronics Technology degree and Mechatronics Technology certificate programs.

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Mechatronics is a new and exciting engineering field that integrates mechanical and electronic components with hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics and computer controls in the manufacture of industrial products and processes.

Available Free to Those Who Qualify:
Certified Production Technician & Mechatronics Training

Mechatronics makes it possible to create simpler, more economical, reliable and versatile commercial and industrial products. The field frees people from routine tasks and allows them to focus on solving problems, fixing equipment breakdowns or changing processes for optimal operation.

Benefits of the Program
• Jobs may be found in manufacturing, energy generation and power distribution, health care, military, government and education.
• Mechatronics program students may test to earn 17 credits towards an associate’s degree in Engineering.
• Tuition is free to those who qualify.

View the PA Center for Advanced Manufacturing Careers 2010 Report:"Critical Shortages of Precision Machining and Industrial Maintenance Occupations in Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Sector"

Contact Information
Sylvia Elsayed, Project Manager
Ph: 412.788.7534

Michael Cunningham, Career Coach
Ph: 412.788.7396

On December 18, 2012, CCAC hosted an Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics conference with a focus on showcasing manufacturing skills for a 21st century work force. Below are the bios and linked presentations from four of the conference's exciting guest speakers. To view the flyer for the event, click here.

 Mechatronics Symonds-Headshot-Thumb.jpgWilliam C. Symonds, Director, Pathways to Prosperity Project
Bill Symonds is the director of the Pathways to Prosperity Project, which is based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The Pathways Project was created in 2008 to find promising solutions to our national failure to prepare many young adults for success.  In February, 2011, the Pathways Project released a major report summing up its research and recommendations in Washington, at an event that included keynote remarks from Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The report is entitled, Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century.  The report has generated enormous interest from around the nation, including speaking invitations from organizations in more 30 states, as well as Britain, Canada and New Zealand.

In response to the interest, the Pathways Project is now working to organize a national conference, “Creating Pathways to Prosperity,” which it plans to hold at Harvard in March, 2013.  Teams from more than 20 states are expected to attend the conference. In collaboration with Jobs for the Future, the Pathways Project has also recently launched the Pathways to Prosperity Network in collaboration with six initial states. The Network aims to create better pathways systems in these states by working together with employers, educators and policymakers.

Symonds helped create the Pathways Project while he was a senior fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2007-8.  Prior to that, he spent nearly 25 years as a senior correspondent and bureau chief for Business Week Magazine. During his career at Business Week, he covered business in the U.S. and abroad, and led bureaus in Pittsburgh, Denver, Boston, Toronto and Rome, Italy. He also served as Business Week’s chief education correspondent for many years, and wrote extensively about the role of U.S. business in school reform. View Bill Symond’s Pathways to Prosperity Report.

Mechatronics Devere-ThumbJohn DeVere, Principal, Education & Training Solutions, LLC
John has more than twenty-five years of experience at the community college level in teaching, curriculum development, planning, evaluation, and administration. Prior to retiring he was Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development at Reading Area Community College. During his career he was: Chair of the Articulation Committee for Advanced Manufacturing; Member of the Advisory Council for the Pennsylvania Statewide Performance Accountability System for Career and Technical Education; Member of the Tech Prep Advisory Committee for Pennsylvania Southeast Region; Project Director for Accelerated Training for Process Analyst funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Member of the Mid-Atlantic Mechatronics Advisory Council. 

 In his past position he oversaw the College’s Manufacturing Technology, Information Technology, Occupational and Adult Literacy programs.  He is a member of the Berks County Workforce Investment Board and participates in their Training Committee.  He is a trained DACUM facilitator and has served as a consultant for workforce development curriculum to State agencies, higher education institutions and secondary education institutions. In his last position at RACC he oversaw the design, construction, furnishing and equipping of the Schmidt Training and Technology Center, a “world class” advanced manufacturing and information technology training facility serving south central Pennsylvania.  Prior to joining RACC’s staff John worked in quality assurance and research and development in the chemicals industry as well as a high school science teacher.

Since retiring from public education John has formed Education and Training Solutions, LLC. He provides feasibility studies, focus group facilitation, training needs analyses, DACUM profiling, curriculum development, facility planning and design, equipment specifications, strategic planning, outcomes assessment, staff development and project management.

Mechatronics Fogharty-ThumbDaniel W. Fogarty, Human Resources Manager, Schroeder Industries
Dan Fogarty is the Human Resources Manager for Schroeder Industries, an advanced manufacturing company headquartered in Leetsdale, PA.  Schroeder is widely-regarded as an industry leader in the manufacture of hydraulic filters and filter systems.

Prior to joining Schroeder, Dan served as Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Advanced Manufacturing Careers from 2009-2011 under the sponsorship of the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board. 

Dan previously held a number of human resource management positions with Pennsylvania employers: Peirce-Phelps, Inc., an electronics distributor in Philadelphia; Providian Direct Insurance in Frazer; and Carpenter Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of specialty steels, in Reading.  

Dan co-chaired the Governor’s Commission on College and Career Success (2005-2006) and in 2007 was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Board of Education where he chaired the Committee on College Access and Affordability until the end of his term in 2011.  Dan also served on the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board from 2004 – 2009 where he co-chaired the Board’s K-12 Education Committee.

Dan currently serves on the Board of Directors for New Century Careers, the Parkway West CTC Manufacturing Advisory Committee, CCAC’s Mechatronics Program Industry Advisory Committee, and the Southwestern PA Math & Science Collaborative.

Dan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, which he attended on a Navy ROTC scholarship.  He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.  Dan lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Barbe and their three children.

Mechatronics Keith ThumbnailKeith Campbell, Project Manager, Industrial Maintenance Training Center of Pennsylvania
Keith Campbell serves as Project Manager for the Industrial Maintenance Training Center of Pennsylvania and Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Mechatronics Advisory Council. He prepared the curriculum for Reading Area Community College's AAS in Mechatronics Engineering Technology, was a major contributor to the US Department of Labor's Mechatronics Competency Model, developed the certificate architecture for the PMMI mechatronics program and serves as a subject matter expert for the development of the PMMI mechatronics exams which have now been recognized by the National Association of Manufacturers under the Manufacturing Institute's Skills Certification Program. In these and similar roles, he is deeply involved in advancing technology education in the areas of mechatronics and industrial maintenance.

Keith was formerly with The Hershey Company where his career spanned 28 years in technical and managerial positions at the plant, division and corporate levels.  While employed by Hershey, he served in positions as Senior Director of Automation & Integration;  IT Relationship Manager for Manufacturing, R&D and Quality;  Director of ISA's Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division;  and the founding Director of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup, a global organization which promotes standard practices in the application of mechatronics technology for packaging applications.  In the 1980’s he supervised teams of engineers and specialists that might today be called mechatronics technicians.  He later served on the company’s Capital Committee and was the executive in charge of corporate manufacturing technology planning, helping Hershey to lead their industry in the adoption of mechatronics in manufacturing.

Since retiring from Hershey, Keith has operated Campbell Management Services LLC, a firm that provides guidance related to manufacturing technology planning, workforce and organizational development.  In this capacity he has had the opportunity to take on board, operating executive, and consulting assignments related to manufacturing technology.  His clients include consumer goods manufacturers, technology providers, machine builders, professional associations, schools, and workforce agencies.  He is a contributing editor and writes for Packaging World magazine and is frequently asked to speak on topics related to manufacturing technology and workforce development.  His work is motivated by the belief that a vibrant manufacturing economy is essential to the economic future of America.


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