Three local high school seniors earned tuition waivers to Rend Lake College during the second annual Industrial Electronics and Maintenance Technician Contest held Friday, April 28.
Students from several in-district high schools competed in the contest, which tested their abilities in the areas of mechanics, hydraulics, electronics, computers and welding. The averages of the hands-on and written tests were used to determine the winners. Although juniors were invited to compete as well, only seniors were eligible for the tuition waivers.
Two Pinckneyville Community High School students took the top two spots. Eric Lowe won first place and Ryan Farthing took second. Placing third was Matthew Kramer of Benton Consolidated High School. All three indicated they would use the tuition waivers.
The Industrial Electronics and Maintenance Technician is a combination of two Associate in Applied Science Degree programs formerly offered at RLC – Industrial Electronics and Industrial Maintenance Technician.
The Industrial Electronics and Maintenance Technician program is designed to train students in electronics and maintenance fundamentals, the associated circuitry and components, troubleshooting and repair of systems. All courses contain a balance of the latest theory and hands-on lab experience that will develop a well-rounded and versatile technician. Students who complete the Industrial Electronics and Maintenance Technician program should be qualified for entry-level positions with a variety of industries. The knowledge gained from these courses may enable students who are pursuing a four-year degree to capstone into programs at senior-level institutions. The core technical classes may prove to be very valuable to those persons already employed in the industry desiring to upgrade their skills. The program consists of 72 credit hours.
There also are two occupational certificates offered in conjunction with the program. The Basic Machining certificate is for those students who are seeking to improve their skills for the machining industry. Students will learn the fundamentals of machining using lathes and milling machining. The basic fundamentals of setting up the machine, selecting the correct tool, adjusting tool speed, determining depth of cut, and the use of precision measuring tools are covered.
The PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) certificate provides prospective employees and current technicians with the fundamental electrical skills necessary to configure, program and connect sensors, motors, or other output devices, and troubleshoot Allen Bradley SLC 500 control systems. Students configure PLCs in both stand-alone and network environments using a teach pendant and the computer-based RSLogic software.
For more information about the contest or the program, contact Industrial Maintenance Professor Chris Nielsen at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1292, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1292.
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