Everett Community College

Everett Community College student Erika Casteel learns about mechatronics at the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center (AMTEC).

The future of manufacturing is robotics. Everett Community College is getting students ready for that future by offering state-of-the-art training for jobs as electro-mechanical technicians working in robotics operations, testing and equipment maintenance.

The program, called Mechatronics, is the key reason for a $2.5 million expansion of the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center (AMTEC). The new space, which opened in September 2016, includes eight classrooms, a mechatronics lab and a $217,000 mechatronics simulator. “This really is an astounding achievement to see the progress in just two years,” Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said at a celebration of the expansion. “This is one of the more innovative efforts in job skill development in the nation.”

AMTEC, which opened in 2014, is also home to the college’s precision machining, welding and fabrication, engineering technician, composites and manufacturing pre-employment programs. The program was created in response to industry demand. Last year, Washington state had more than 12,000 job openings requiring mechatronics skills.

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Gov. Jay Inslee (center), The Boeing Company Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Operations Pat Shanahan (left), EvCC AMTEC student Nicole Zupke and Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson cut a ribbon to celebrate the expansion of EvCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center (AMTEC).

“This is a great example of public-private partnership,” said Pat Shanahan, The Boeing Company senior vice president, Supply Chain & Operations at the AMTEC expansion opening. “The culture (at EvCC) is ‘How can we help?’ When we feel like we have needs, we can turn to you.” AMTEC serves more than 200 manufacturing industry employers in Snohomish County. All programs are short, stackable (individual credentials from different content areas that connect to each other) and lead to a professional certificate or college degree.

For more information, visit EverettCC.edu/AMTEC.

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