The new certified production technician program at South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado, which begins on Aug. 2, is designed to make students ready for jobs in the local manufacturing sector.
The intensive eight-week course follows guidelines set by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council and is taught using a hybrid classroom and Internet-based e-learning experience. Students will meet in the classroom from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday and will have a minimum of nine hours of e-learning each week.
Completion of the course will earn a student a nationally-recognized certified production technician credential. It is the only manufacturing production training program recognized by the American National Standards Institute as meeting the ISO Standard 17024.
Offered through SouthArk’s division of workforce and continuing education, the program does not require credit enrollment at the college.
The curriculum covers safety in the workplace, quality systems and precision measurement, production processes and maintenance awareness (basic electricity, pneumatics, hydraulics, lubrication, bearings and couplings and belt and chain drives).
“Recent high-school graduates, displaced workers and individuals who do not plan to attend college at this time but are seeking a job in the manufacturing industry will benefit from this program,” instructor Donald Lee said. “SouthArk is the only place in the area where you can get this MSSC credential.”
Financial aid may be available for qualifying individuals to cover the $1,125 cost.
For more information, contact Lee at (870) 864-8480.

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