Free 6-Week Manufacturing Skills Building Program

Now Accepting Applications!

Looking for an entry-level, direct-hire job in manufacturing, with good pay and benefits?

Are you having trouble checking the boxes that ask about prior certification, training or experience?

RACC has a FREE training program for you!

RACC is offering a free 6-week skills building program, designed and endorsed by local employers to give you the training you need to qualify for an interview.

Learn valuable entry-level skills:

  • Safety-OSHA 10
  • Quality Assurance
  • Process and Measurement Tools
  • Skill Boss Assessment*
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Engineering Drawings
  • Workplace Behaviors
  • Resume Writing
  • Interview Preparation

Contact Sarah Stapleton at 610.372.4721 Ext. 5312 or to learn more.

To apply on-line please click here.

For a printable application form, please click here.

Training to Career Program Details

This Project is financed by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development and provides free training to develop skills necessary to gain stable employment and succeed as entry level employees in the manufacturing field.

Expected Outcome: Interviews by and possible direct hire into partner manufacturing companies as positions are available.  Upon completion of the program, students will receive the OSHA 10 Hr Safety Certification, ACT WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Assessment/Certificate, and RACC Basic Manufacturing Skills Certificate of Completion.

Time Required:  180 hrs total (Preferred schedule is 6 weeks, 6 hrs/day, 5 days/wk – flexible schedules can be arranged)

Class Hours: Preferred: Monday – Friday; 8:30 am – 3:00 pm with 1/2 hr lunch; schedule can be changed depending upon student needs.

Admission:  This program is grant funded and will only be offered at no cost to the participants while funding is available. Admission to the program will be determined based on the following criteria.

  • Completion of Training to Career application;
  • Completion of the WIN assessment (Remediation may be required before acceptance into the program.);
  • Availability for dates and hours of the program;
  • The needs and expectations of RACC and the partner companies; and
  • The requirements of the Training to Career PA state grant contract.

Curriculum:  Will consist of the following major components:

Introduction to Manufacturing – 48 hrs.
This component will provide students with an overview of what working in manufacturing looks like, its impact on society, the characteristics of a high performing company, recognizing customers, and the workplace communication and teambuilding skills needed to succeed in manufacturing. Interviewing skills and the opportunity to negotiate the interview process will be presented. This component will be led by RACC instructors and potential employers. In addition, the ACT WorkKeys® Assessment will be administered by PA CareerLinks at the completion of the program to measure the skill levels of the potential employees.

Safety – 18 hrs
The importance of safety in the workplace and beyond will be addressed in the OSHA 10 HR Safety Course presented online by CareerSafe®. In addition, operational safety skills such as lockout/tagout, use of machine guards, pre-startup inspection, emergency shutdown, use of safety data sheets will be assessed using the Skill Boss* Skills Assessment tool.

Educational Skills Review – 26 hrs
Mathematics, reading, and writing skills necessary for success in the workplace will be reviewed and practiced. This will include basic mathematical concepts such as working with fractions and decimals, percentages, geometry basics, review of weights and measures, interpreting control charts, and problem solving techniques. Reading and writing in the workplace will include skills such as keeping a log, using an instruction manual, following instructions, and writing a resume. Amatrol® online modules and RACC instructors will provide instruction for this component.

Manufacturing Plant – 12 hrs
This component will introduce students to the layout of a manufacturing plant, how technology is integrated into advanced manufacturing, manufacturing metrics, LEAN manufacturing principles, organization of the workplace, and standardized work procedures. The Amatrol® online training modules will be used for instruction.

Quality – 24 hrs.
Students will learn and demonstrate the correct use of basic and precision measurement tools such as rulers, micrometers, and calipers. Students will also develop skills in print reading, dimensioning, and interpreting assembly drawings. Amatrol® online and skill based modules will be the primary sources of instruction. In addition, measurement skills will be assessed using the Skill Boss® Skill Assessment tool. Quality assurance tools such as use of SPC, control charts, and SPC problem solving will be included in the Workplace Math and Communications sections of the course.

Manufacturing Processes – 52 hrs
This component provides an introduction to theory and hands-on application of tools and processes used in manufacturing. Included are the use of fasteners and hand tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, torque wrenches, and portable power tools. Also, theory and application of electrical circuits and measurements; basic pneumatics and hydraulics; and introductions to CNC, PLC, and Robotics will be provided. Amatrol® online and hands-on skill modules will be used. In addition, The Skill Boss© tool will provide practical application of processes such as: navigating HMI menus to control and monitor a process, adjustment of cycle time, performing a normal machine shutdown, verifying that PLC control indicators are working correctly, connecting and controlling pneumatic pressure, and using manual overdrives to operate machine.

The curriculum is based on input from regional manufacturers and will consist of learning opportunities provided through a variety of modes:

  • RACC instructor led/facilitated
  • Amatrol online theory and hands-on skill-based modules
  • CareerSafe OSHA 10 Hr online safety training
  • Hands-on Skill Boss* Assessment (aligned with MSSC CPT standards)

Contact Sarah Stapleton at 610.372.4721 Ext. 5312 or to learn more.

This program is financed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development.

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