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Midlands Tech Offers New Engineering Technology Programs

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COLUMBIA, SC – To address the critical need for highly skilled technicians in clean energy and advanced manufacturing, Midlands Technical College (MTC) is offering two new engineering technology programs for Fall 2010 : the Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate Degree and Alternate Energy Technology Principles Certificate.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program was created at the request of South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), Michelin Tire and other businesses in the Columbia area to address the immediate and projected need for skilled technicians in the nuclear power industry and advanced manufacturing.

Dr. Clint Chandler, chair of MTC's Engineering Technology and Engineering Transfer Department, said, "The South Carolina Employment Security Commission (SCESC) projects that between 2004 and 2014, the need for nuclear technicians in South Carolina will grow from 680 to 900 technicians. This anticipated growth rate of 31 percent includes both nuclear and mechanical systems technician positions. Coupled with projected retirements in the current workforce, the need for skilled employees in these areas becomes even more critical."

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program consists of 76 credit hours and includes classes in thermodynamic systems, hydraulics and pneumatics, heat transfer, and manufacturing processes. Graduates of the program will be qualified for work as manufacturing technicians, power generation and delivery technicians, operations personnel, and machine tool and industrial automation specialists.

MTC's new Alternate Energy Technology Principles Certificate program was created also to meet local workforce demand. The two-semester, 24-credit-hour program covers fundamentals of analytical instrumentation, manufacturing processes, basic electrical systems, material properties, fuel cell technology, solar energy, mobile and stationary power systems, and engineering project management.

The Alternate Energy Technology Principles Certificate is designed as a follow-up to MTC's Chemical Technology Certificate or to be used toward an advanced degree. Successful graduates of the program will be qualified to enter the workforce as a medium-level operator, laboratory technician, water quality technician, or senior manufacturing technician. The course sequence is designed also to prepare students for more advanced on-the-job training in chemical technology, fuel cell technology, or power generation and delivery.

About Midlands Technical College
Midlands Technical College is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving the primary region of Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The college enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually, and provides continuing education to 30,000 individuals and hundreds of area businesses each year. MTC is the largest provider of transfer students to the University of South Carolina.

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