Ivy Tech Community College’s Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Warsaw hosted the “Summer with Siemens” Workshop for Educators July 28-30.
The 2-1/2-day hands-on workshop – provided by Siemens – allowed Ivy Tech instructors to engage in automation technology training. The skills learned in the workshop help to prepare Ivy Tech instructors to teach students about automation and its growing role in modern manufacturing, according to a press release from Ivy Tech.
The training instructors received will impact the new Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology program at the OAMTC, which contains a Siemens Level I Mechatronics Certification for students. According to the August 2013 edition of the Occupational Handbook, professionals that utilize automation and robotics technology such as electrical and electronics automation technicians, manufacturing engineering technicians, and industrial mechanical and maintenance technicians, earn an average of $22 per hour.
Automation training for instructors and students has been initiated in response to the Warsaw community’s need for more skilled workers, according to the release. Ivy Tech instructors who participated in the Siemens program were: Brad Kicklighter, Evansville; Robert Marsh, Warsaw; Robert Parker, Fort Wayne; George Tackett, Madison; and Donna Zimmerman, Evansville.
Also in attendance were faculty members from other colleges.
In addition to the new technology, the OAMTC recently held summer campus for elementary and middle school aged children in fifth through seventh grade. One of the goals of the camps was to generate student interest in STEM careers at a young age with the hope that students would consider advanced manufacturing careers when they reach a college level.
The first camp, 3D Automated Design, which ran July 7-11, focused on 3D printing technology. The second camp, 3D Automated Manufacturing, ran July 14-18. Students in this camp designed, programmed and manufactured a pegboard game using Computer Numerical Control equipment.  
There’s still time for students to enroll in programs for the fall 2014 semester, which begins Monday. Potential students should visit IvyTech.edu/apply-now to get started. To learn more about the new Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology program or the OAMTC summer camps, contact Robert Marsh at 574-267-5428, Ext. 7441, or rmarsh5@ivytech.edu