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Economic Development announces RAMP UP: The Regional Advanced Manufacturing Principles to Update Performance. Students can RAMP UP their skills by participating in our industrial training programs.

Based in the industrial lab at DeKalb Tech’s Newton Center, the classes are customized for the individual and range from 16 to 40 hours. Each participant has three months to complete the class at their own pace. Directed Instruction is a non-credit program and does not require an application fee.

Topics include Basic Electrical Concepts, Electrical Motor Control, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Basic Mechanical Skills, Basic Mechanical Devices and Maintenance, PLC I, PLC II, Instrumentation, Variable Speed Drives, Human Machine Interface(HMI), Industrial Wiring and Schematics.

The lab is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Students enjoy flexible hours that do not interfere with their work schedule.

Instructor, Gerald LaFontaine brings a wealth of knowledge he obtained from working in the Pulp and Paper Industry for 30 years. A subject matter expert in the electrical and mechanical field and graduate of UGA, LaFontaine traveled throughout the northern hemisphere gaining valuable skills as he observed how people from other countries maximized performance by applying different methods. LaFontaine has been a fulltime instructor for DeKalb Tech for the past 13 years. Students draw on his valuable years of experience in the mechanical and electrical field.

"Employers are seeking skilled candidates in their labor force," said LaFontaine. "Students who come through our programs compete more effectively in the job market. Employers are looking for cost effective ways to upgrade the skills of their employees. We can customize training to include specific components used in their manufacturing process."

Our lab includes Allen Bradley Programmable Logic Controllers that includes PLC 5 up through the ControlLogix. We use PanelView Plus HMI, Allen Bradley PowerFlex 700 Variable Speed Drive, 1336 Impact Variable Speed Drive, and a PowerFlex 40.

For more information, contact Gerald LaFontaine at (404) 297-9522, extension 5000,; or Business and Industry Coordinator Diane Doehrman, (404) 297-9522, extension 5029,