A credit technical program designed to train technicians in the multiple skills required in advanced manufacturing will begin in September.

Created by Oakland Community College, Pontiac, Mich., "Mechatronics: Integrated Skills for Advanced Manufacturing" begins with a series of core courses equaling 35 credits, or 570 classroom hours. Topics such as geo-algebra, industrial safety, mechanical gears and linkages, computer-assisted design, applied electricity, problem solving, robotics and fluid power are covered in the core sessions. Classes are completed in five two-month components, each including two to three classes, and finishing in June 2013. The program has been designed to fill skill gaps for new and incumbent workers.

Students will then be able to specialize in one of three tracks: mechatronics and controls, fabrication and welding, or robotics and automation.

All credits can be applied toward a technological sciences or general studies associate degree at OCC. To learn more about the courses, visit www.oaklandcc.edu.