The Whirlpool employees who received certificates in mechatronics fundamentals were Caleb Dalton, John Gelnett, Michael Heiskell, Richard McCloud, David Morrison, Samuel Morrow, Scott Rackley, Jeremy Shields, Robert Spraker, James Wooden, Melvin Wright and Joseph Young.
Mechatronics integrates the fields of mechanical, electrical, control, and computer engineering with the purpose of improving and/or optimizing the functionality of modern engineering systems used in high-tech manufacturing.
“This is great example of how we can work with our business and industry partners to develop a custom solution to their employee training needs,” said Lulu Copeland, technical training manager for engineering technology.
The courses, which began in the fall of 2010, were delivered in multiple locations. Two courses, industrial mathematics and computer applications for engineering technology, were delivered on site at Whirlpool.
Subsequent courses, which included blueprint reading, industrial maintenance, safety, manufacturing processes, fundamentals of metallurgy and fluid power, were held on the main campus or at the Dayton site depending upon equipment needs. Each participant completed a total of 43 college credit hours to earn the certificate.
A Chattanooga State representative said its customized education and training programs are developed and tailored for the individual needs of each of the college’s corporate partners. The goal of the programs is “to meet each company’s specific objectives for the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for their particular business.”
The Engineering Technology Division is fully accredited and staffs “the most experienced and credentialed” instructors who have years of experience in their respective fields.
For more information about the engineering technology programs, visit http://www.chattanoogastate.edu/engineering-technology or call 423-697-4434.