Oakton Community College partners with TMA on new certification program

Oakton Community College is partnering with the Technology and Manufacturing Association to launch a newly re-imagined Advanced Automation certification program that prepares students for modern manufacturing jobs.

Students who complete the program will receive Oakton’s Advanced Automation certification. If they register with TMA, they will receive a second TMA certificate and job placement assistance with TMA member companies.

“Most of the manufacturing companies in the Chicago area are members of TMA and would value the certification,” said Boguslaw Zapal, Oakton’s associate professor of Manufacturing and Coordinator of CAD/Mechanical Design and Manufacturing.

“When manufacturing employers see that candidates have TMA and Oakton certification, they know that the students have been well trained by the best in advanced automation,” said Jack Krikorian, TMA Senior Director of Training and Education. TMA is based in Schaumburg.

Oakton and TMA certification and assessment programs are built by professionals within the manufacturing industry. In the 28 credit-hour program, students will learn to operate, set up, maintain, and repair high-tech automation equipment using skills related to electronics, mechanical systems, fluid power, industrial robotics, and programmable controllers.
Automation professionals can pursue a variety of roles, such as technicians, engineers, managers, sales, service, field techs, commissioning specialists, technical gurus, and process experts.

They can work for end-users, systems integrators, vendors, engineering firms, and many other employers who need skilled employees to program, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair their automated equipment.

Additional financial support from the Calumet Area Industrial Commission is available for eligible students. The commission has federal grant dollars that cover tuition, books and fees for individuals enrolling in manufacturing pathways.

For details, visit calumetareaindustrial.com/oneworkforceprogram.