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KTECH Student Chase Patterson receives a SMRP Scholarship, AND gets to throw a Trash Pandas pitch!


The Alabama Chapter of the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) awarded their inaugural Maintenance & Reliability Scholarship to Chase Patterson. Chase is set to graduate from KTECH’s Mechatronics program, completing a 4-month journey he has pursued while working full time as a technician in the Maintenance group at Bocar US in Tanner, AL.


As an experienced maintenance technician, Chase brings a wealth of industrial experiences to the classroom and laboratory. Yet, KTECH gives him an opportunity to supplement his “toolkit” with additional systems knowledge which he can immediately apply in his job.



This award not only helps Chase pay his tuition, but it also recognizes and celebrates the efforts and sacrifices he has made during his KTECH experience.


Chase was recognized as the Scholarship recipient at the Alabama SMRP Chapter’s May meeting in Madison AND had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at Thursday’s Rocket City Trash Pandas game!


KTECH wishes to congratulate Chase and thank the gracious professionals with the Alabama Chapter of SMRP!



SMRP was formed in 1992 to actively promote maintenance and reliability within their field and to the public. SMRP developed the Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) certification to serve as a benchmark for maintenance and reliability best practices. This recognized certification program has since been accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB).


For over 30 years, SMRP has been committed to providing educational opportunities, networking events and resources for maintenance, reliability, and physical asset management to professionals in over 60 countries across six continents. Membership has grown to over 7,000 individuals, and there are more than 5,000 Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (CMRP), Certified Maintenance & Reliability Technicians (CMRT) and Certified Asset Management Assessors (CAMA) practitioners worldwide.

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