eric thomasThe SVHEC’s Mechatronics program provided Eric Thomas with the skills and certifications he needed to advance as a maintenance technician.

“I chose the Mechatronics program because I’d recently gotten a promotion to become a maintenance technician at the Walmart Distribution Center in Mebane, NC.” While familiar with maintenance, Thomas found he was not familiar with some of the technology. “I hadn’t done much with PLCs (programmable logic controls), and the mechatronics program was a big help in becoming more familiar with PLCs and being able to better troubleshoot them,” he said.

The SVHEC’s Siemens Level 1 Mechatronics training program teaches mechanical, electrical, and computer controls, and provides trainees with an understanding of how those systems work together. As a result, individuals who complete the mechatronics training program can find and troubleshoot problems quicker, which leads to less machine downtown.

With the knowledge he received from the mechatronics program, Thomas was able to quickly advance in his new position. “I came in as a maintenance tech, and within two months I was the head maintenance tech on my shift,” he said. “The mechatronics program has been good. Ricky and Will (mechatronics instructors) are very knowledgeable and I’ve learned a lot from them.”

The proof of everything Eric learned came when he tested for the internationally recognized Siemens Level 1 Mechatronics Certification. Eric, and his entire class, passed the rigorous test and earned their Siemens Level 1 Mechatronics Certification.

When asked what advice he has for others, Thomas states, “Maintenance is definitely a great career. A lot of people in maintenance now are retiring, and the skill level to replace them isn’t there. Within 10 years, that’s going to be a problem. You can build a good career within this field.”

If you’re ready for a successful career as a maintenance technician, entry-level electrician, or electronics technician, call Scarlett Brandon at 434-572-5473 to learn more about the SVHEC Mechatronics program. Spring classes start soon, and enrollment is now open. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend an information session on Tuesday, February 20th at 5:00pm or Wednesday, February 28th at 10:00am.