JWCC Announces New Automation and Robotics Technician Certification Program

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June 1, 2020

New for the 2020 fall semester at JWCC is the Automation and Robotics Technician certification program which can be completed in one year.  The program provides an introduction of industrial automation including the use of CAD SolidWorks software, PLC programming, Industrial Motors and Controls, and the operation and programming of robotics systems.  Robotics Technicians build, install, test or maintain robotic equipment and related automated production systems.

“The program examines applications and examples of automated manufacturing systems including both classroom and hands on lab exercises,” said David Hetzler, JWCC interim dean of career and technical education.  “This certificate prepares students for immediate employment as an Automated Process Specialist or Technician.”

JWCC is the educational link between business and community.  JWCC partnered with Knapheide Manufacturing to develop the curriculum and build this workforce certification program.  “Technology is constantly evolving, and we have seen an increasing need to integrate automation in our operations.  Collaborating together with JWCC will allow us to recruit from a skilled and well-trained workforce for our initiatives,” said Chris Weiss, Knapheide Manufacturing Vice President of Engineering.

JWCC President Michael Elbe said, “our partnership with Knapheide Manufacturing continues to produce outcomes that impact our workforce in the region.  Other manufacturing companies and businesses in the tristate area will benefit from this automation certificate.  Knapheide continues to be a leader of new, innovative ways of enhancing their business model and we appreciate them reaching out to us to expand our partnership”.

On June 2, JWCC will present a live webinar titled: “Are You Ready for a Change?”, showcasing in-demand career programs and training, ways to pay for college, and connections with local employers that hire skilled workers.  The webinar is free, but you must register at:  www.jwcc.edu/change.

For more information about the Automation and Robotics Technician certification program, please contact David Hetzler at 217-641-4956, dhetzler@jwcc.edu, and visit www.jwcc.edu/robotics.


John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today's needs and tomorrow's opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees, certificates, and personal enrichment courses.