Advanced Manufacturing

Our 3,000-square-foot training center serves the needs of Wake County business and industry by providing workforce training for technicians in industrial automation, circuit board technology, collaborative robotics, basic machining, and 3D printing. All programs include hands-on lab training supplemented with online instruction through Tooling University. 

Advanced Manufacturing programs and courses: 

  • Industrial Automation: Electrical, PLC, Hydraulics, Pneumatics Controls
  • Collaborative Robotics: Robotics Utilization, Operation, Basic Programming

  • Introductory Machining and 3D Printing: Introductory Vertical Mill and Horizontal Lathe, 3D Printing, Mechanical Troubleshooting, Mechanical Blueprint Reading

Course Details & Registration Information

Mechatronics Junior Technician
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
The intent of this course is to fill an operational need for highly skilled and trained technicians in the mechatronics and robotics field. The course is designed to provide competency-based instruction, supplemented by related technical instruction. Upon successful course completion, students will be PMMI (Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute) certified in Industrial Electricity, Mechanical Components, Fluid Power, and Programmable Logic Controllers and be prepared to work in a manufacturing environment utilizing industry-standard equipment.
Course Objectives
  1. Prepare for a career as a certified PMMI manufacturing employee.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Describe each major topic/competency to be covered in the course. Ideally, topics will be broken down into subtopics under each major heading. Contact hours should be assigned to topic headings.

    Week 1
     Orientation (2 Hours)
     Company Specific Authorized Safety Training (16 Hours)
     NFPA 70E (8 Hours)
     Lock Out Tag Out (2 Hours)
     Fire Suppression (2 Hours)
     Company Specific Training (EAM, Shoes) (8 Hours)
    Total Contact Hours: 38
    Week 2
     Basic AC/DC Electrical Systems (20 Hours)
     Electric Motor Control (15 Hours)
    Total Contact Hours: 35
    Week 3
    - Electric Motor Control (13 Hours)
    - Industrial Electrical Wiring (IE II Concept) (12 Hours)
    - PMMI review & Certification Exam (7 Hours)
    Total Contact Hours: 32

    Week 4
    - Mechanical Drives I (28 Hours)
    Total Contact Hours: 28

    Week 5
    - Mechanical Drives II (24 Hours)
    - PMMI Review & Certification Exam (7 Hours)
    Total Contact Hours: 31

    Week 6
    - Mastering AB5000 PLCs (35 Hours)
    Total Contact Hours: 35

    Week 7
    - Mastering AB5000 PLCs (13 Hours)
    - PMMI Review & Certification Exam (7 Hours)
    Total Contact Hours: 20

    Week 8
    - Basic Pneumatics (16 Hours)
    - Intermediate Pneumatics (12 Hours)
    Total Contact Hours: 28

    Week 9
    - Advanced Pneumatics (8 Hours)
    - Basic Hydraulics (18 Hours)
    Total Contact Hours: 26

    Week 10
    - Intermediate Hydraulics (15 Hours)
    - Electro-Fluid Power (20 Hours)
    Total Contact Hours: 35

    Week 11
    - Hose, Fittings & Piping (23 Hours)
    Total Contact Hours: 23

    Week 12
    - Pneumatic Troubleshooting (19 Hours)
    - Capstone Project (15 Hours)
    - PMMI Review & Certification Exam (7 Hours)
    Total Contact Hours: 41
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
Certified PMMI Manufacturing
Website URL
Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
  1. Upon successful completion of each module of the program (with the exception of Onboarding & Safety), students will be eligible for certifications in each area. All certifications are credentialed by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.

    Upon attainment of all credentials, a student is employable to the local manufacturing employers in Wake County and throughout the state. Individuals possessing PMMI credentials are highly sought after by area companies that utilize Amatrol technology and equipment.
CE to CU Articulation
High School Graduate or GED. At least 18 years of age; Reading level of 10th grade
Text and Supplies Needed
PMMI books covering Industrial Electricity, Mechanical Components, Fluid Power and PLCs
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 100%
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Yes
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Course Contact Information
Lillian Heaton