Sturtevant, WI – The new school year is quickly approaching, and educators are getting prepared. Last week teachers, instructors and administrators from throughout the US converged in Sturtevant, WI for Industry 4.0 Train the Trainer instruction delivered at Gateway Technical College’s iMET Center.
Those in attendance were among the first to receive training on cutting-edge Industry 4.0 equipment using a world-class eLearning platform. Two highly-skilled instructors from Amatrol delivered the training.
Trainees spent time working through the curriculum’s eLearning platform, engaging with its state-of-the-art interactive and multimedia modules. They then had the opportunity to work with the accompanying equipment which gives students hands-on training in a classroom setting.
Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President of Gateway Technical College, was encouraged to see the enthusiasm of the teachers as they engaged with the curriculum.
“Teachers inspire hope and opportunity. Gateway’s Industry 4.0 professional development workshops provided in partnership with LAB Midwest and Amatrol are preparing STEM teachers to engage students in advanced skill development for exciting careers in robotics, advanced manufacturing and system automation.”
The training covered four courses of Industry 4.0 curriculum: Introduction to Mechatronics, Introduction to Industrial Controls, Introduction to Industrial Robotics and Introduction to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Attendees also got a sneak preview of soon-to-be-announced certifications that will be offered for the completion of these courses.
Smart Manufacturing technology is expanding at an exponential rate. With these technological advances, students are becoming more interested in industry careers. Some of this interest is built on momentum related to Foxconn, which will be building a 20 million-square-foot Smart Manufacturing facility just a few miles from the iMET Center in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.
Amatrol and LAB Midwest are working hard to stay ahead of the curve and provide industry-leading curriculum and training equipment for schools and tech colleges that wish to remain on the forefront of Industry 4.0 education.
“The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing the way we think, work and teach,” remarked Albrecht. “Equipping teachers with new knowledge and skills is essential to preparing students for Smart careers.”
More than 30 schools and colleges across the Midwest will adopt the curriculum used in last week’s training during the fall semester.