Manufacturing, Industrial and Welding

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Manufacturing and Industrial

Local employers are seeking individuals with manufacturing and industrial skills. Learn about the high-wage career opportunities in Iredell County and discover how Mitchell Community College can provide the training to take advantage of these opportunities.


How to Register         Course descriptions are listed below the schedule.


Course Descriptions

Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Systems (AIMS) Lab
This self-paced lab allows students and employers the flexibility to work around existing schedules. Topics include Electrical, Industrial Controls, Drive Systems, Programmable Logic Controllers, Operator Interface Systems, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, and Mechanical Drives. Students will have an assigned time slot for each session.  For business and industry, customization can be implemented. Please call (704) 878-3327 or email for more information.

Automation, Intro to
This course introduces the basic principles of automated systems and describes the tasks that technicians perform on the job. Topics include the history, development, and current applications of robots and automated systems including their configuration, operation, components, and controls. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the basic concepts of automation and robotic systems.

Certified Production Technician (CPT)
Area manufacturers are hiring Certified Production Technicians. Course covers safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production and maintenance awareness. Students completing this 160-hour course can receive the national industry-recognized core skill certification, “Certified Production Technician” from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). Successful graduates will have the opportunity to interview with local manufacturing companies that are hiring.  Scholarships available for eligible students.  Call (704) 878-3235 additional information

JumpStart into Manufacturing        NEW for 2021!  JumpStart is a 6-week course designed to provide hands-on instruction to the 18-21 year old with a High School Diploma.  The course prepares the student with skills to begin working immediately in manufacturing.   Areas of study include Forklift training, OSHA 10, manufacturing concepts including Quality, Problem Solving, Product Flow, Industrial Math, Lean Six Sigma Yellow belt and more.    Complete the Interest Form (Click Here-opens in new window) to learn more.    

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt      NEW!  The Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt is the first step into Lean Six Sigma training. In this 16 hour course you will follow the DMAIC methodology (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) while learning the tools necessary to perform at a Yellow Belt level on a project team. A Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt understands how to implement, perform, interpret and apply Lean Six Sigma in a skilled and supportive context, and may be responsible for identifying certain processes that need improvement.

Programmable Logic Controllers
This course provides a detailed study of PLC applications, with a focus on design of industrial controls using the PLC. Topics include PLC components, memory organization, math instructions, documentation, input/output devices, and applying PLCs in industrial control systems. Upon completion, students should be able to select and program a PLC system to perform a wide variety of industrial control functions.

A Sample of Welding
Topics covered include an explanation of the different types of welding (MIG, TIG, stick), welding equipment, and welding certification; safety procedures; some hands-on welding; a demonstration of manual cutting techniques; and what it’s like to work for a welding company.

Teaches basic welding skills.  Topics include:  using tools to shape and cut metals, interpreting blueprints, welding safety, and understanding weld tests and codes.  Students will gain experience in stick, MIG, and TIG welding, and heavy emphasis will be given to practical applications and "hands-on" activities.  Students must provide appropriate safety equipment; information given at first class. This is in addition to the cost of the class. 


Cabanna Pierce, Administrative Assistant
(704) 878-4273


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