The KTECH® Vision
Our vision is to establish and sustain a pipeline between industry and a certified employment pool.
The KTECH® Mission
Our mission is to provide specialized workforce training and credentialing for high demand occupations to a targeted, under-served population thereby addressing the following three areas: industry’s need for skilled workers, community’s need for increased employment rates and the individual’s need to be a productive, contributing member of society.
The KTECH® Training
KTECH delivers Siemens certification as a Siemens Certified Mechatronics System Assistant. Our students are provided training and credentialing in the foundational areas of safety, quality, manufacturing processes and maintenance. Additionally, our Life Lab utilizes community volunteers to teach the soft skills industry is requiring. The Mechatronics certification is part of our diploma track with 12-16 semester hours transferable to articulated partners.
KTECH offers credentials in soldering and robotics. These certifications are available through our Certificate track. Students can select to Level Up with all of our certifications or select the ones that interest them the most. Soldering is 56 hours (16 hours for introduction and 40 hours for certification). The credential is the IPC J-STD-001 Certified Application Specialist. Robotics is 48 hours (16 hours for introduction and 32 hours for certification). The Credential is Yaskawa Industrial Robotic certification in FS100 Basic Programming with Material Handling.
Critical Issues Facing Alabama’s Manufacturing Sector
Budgetary pressures at the state and local levels
Average age of the skilled, American worker is now 59
High cost of training, recruitment and moving expenses
Loss of apprenticeship programs
Meeting the needs of new industry recruitment in our area
High school graduates lack of career readiness
Enrollment in Life Lab is included in the enrollment for the Mechatronics series, and is a required component of the Mechatronics program.
The Life Lab curriculum is embedded in the program training experience and includes lecture, discussion, hands-on application, projects and cooperative learning which are broken up into 4 series of classes: character, wisdom, knowledge and influence.
Credential: Level 1 Siemens Certified Mechatronics System Assistant
Mechanical Components and Electrical Drives
(Electro) Pneumatic and Hydraulic Control Circuits
Digital Fundamentals and Programmable Logic Controllers
Credential: IPC-J-STD-001 Certified IPC Application
Essentials of Industrial Soldering
Intro to Soldering (16 hours)
Certification (40 hours)
Credential: Yaskawa Industrial Robotic Certification in FS100 Basic
Intro to Robotics (16 hours)
Certification (32 hours)