WCTC creates new programs to train future Foxconn employees

Posted at 5:58 PM, Mar 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-30 19:09:09-04

WAUKESHA -- We are learning how Waukesha County Technical College is creating new programs to train future Foxconn employees.

Starting in the Fall, WCTC will have a new certificate program in supply chain management. An associates degree will be available the following year. Leaders tell us they are moving fast to meet future demands to get Foxconn running in Wisconsin.

Instructors showed us one machine that was created by WCTC students that can spell out letters. The student used a programmable logic controller to do this, also known as a PLC.

"It tells their machines what to do in order to produce parts and it's widely used in manufacturing companies," said Mike Shiels, Dean of Applied Technologies at WCTC.

PLC's will be needed at Foxconn to create LCD screens to work in TVs and smartphones.

A whole new certificate in automation for industrial PLC's will be available this fall, also with a certificate in IT and Manufacturing that could make a Foxconn applicant stand out.

"From the shop floor to the office and then the data that's needed to make decisions within a company each and every day," said Shiels.

Sheils tells us students leaving their robotics lab today, have much of their tuition already covered by their employer.

"Currently we have students here that are making $55,000 and $65,000 a year," said Shiels.

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