S. C. Manufacturing Certification Addresses Skilled Workforce Challenges

Made in the USA is making a comeback and as a result manufacturing is booming in South Carolina. In partnership with the SC Technical College System, Piedmont Technical College is launching the South Carolina Manufacturing Certification (SCMC) to grow the skilled workforce in its region.

SCMC is an entry level advanced manufacturing certification designed to provide the skills needed for individuals to be successful in the growing manufacturing industry. It consists of 200 hours of state-funded training comprised of three core certificate programs plus 40 hours of hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs. The certifications include: MSSC Certified Production Technician, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and OSHA – General Industry.

“This is a great opportunity for individuals who want to go into manufacturing, but lack some of the basic skills needed to qualify for the jobs that are available,” said Rusty Denning, associate vice president for Continuing Education and Economic Development.

The certifications cover areas such as safety, quality assurance, production and maintenance. In addition, soft skills such as ethics, communication skills and team building are also covered.

Ideal candidates for the program include unemployed, underemployed or veterans looking to start a career in advanced manufacturing. Applicants must successfully complete a drug screen and background check, score silver or better on the WorkKeys test, provide documentation of at least a high school diploma or GED and be committed to completing the program.

Both day and evening classes are being offered at PTC. Day classes run Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. while evening classes are held Monday-Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The next classes begin February 3 for the day schedule and February 17 for evening classes. More classes will be offered in March and April. The application deadline is the week prior to the first day of class to allow the drug screen and background check.

“The program requires a considerable commitment from the student, but the benefits provided make it worthwhile,” said Mike Reid, dean of operations and services for Continuing Education and Economic Development. “These certifications will open the door to almost any manufacturing plant across the country for at least an interview.”

For more information about the SCMC program, contact Reid at (864) 941-8481.