The Manufacturing Technology Program at the Schmidt Training and Technology Center uses an integrated systems and blended learning approach that has proven successful in numerous manufacturing and training sites across the country. This integrated systems approach incorporates:
Students feel like they are learning in a real manufacturing facility. The learning systems feature state-of-the-art, industry-standard components and a range of component types so that students perform hands-on skills and activities on equipment found in manufacturing and industrial environments today and have the knowledge and skills for the entire scope of the technologies they will encounter.
The curriculum teaches troubleshooting with organized problem-solving methods. Many learning systems feature a computer-based fault insertion system, which automatically inserts faults and tracks students' troubleshooting activities.
Task-based, competency-based curriculum
The curriculum uses a task-based design where theory and hands on learning activities are structured around manufacturing- and industry-relevant tasks. All learning and tasks are competency-based. RACC reports grades and, in many courses, issues credit.
Multimedia and printed curriculum formats
Students learn by different methods: hearing the material, reading it, seeing demonstrations and trying it themselves. The individualized learning system addresses different learning styles by presenting the material both in printed workbooks and multimedia formats. The multimedia versions include extensive video, 3D simulations and interactive activities.
Schedule: For maximum flexibility, participants' schedules will be arranged by the participant, sponsoring company and instructor, working within the lab hours. Lab hours vary by lab; a typical lab schedule is Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday-Wednesday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and Saturday morning by appointment.
Registrations are accepted anytime. Students generally can start within days of the registration being approved.