SkillsTrac

Wright State University–Lake Campus is proud to support an Advanced Manufacturing program for businesses, technicians, and students in West Central Ohio. Started in 2007 with a large grant from the Ohio Department of Labor, the Lake Campus along with three other schools created a consortium, wrote curriculum and set up lab space to train maintenance technicians working in manufacturing and food processing. The consortium dissolved in 2011 but WSU-Lake Campus continues to offer the popular program.

SkillsTrac is a comprehensive industrial maintenance training program, designed for our rapidly changing manufacturing industry. This program is geared towards full-time adult incumbent workers working as a maintenance tech or incumbent workers in other fields who would like to work in the maintenance field. WSU-Lake Campus offers the SkillsTrac curriculum for technical coursework in the Associates of Technical Studies-SkillsTrac concentration (link) as a transcripted WSU credit-bearing program.

SkillsTrac is a blended program, offering online learning from ToolingU SME, a partner since 2009. Online classes can be taken anytime and anywhere with the hands-on validation labs taken at the Lake Campus. The program is composed of multiple skill modules and each module builds upon the skills learned in earlier modules or your actual work experience. Employers or employees can choose individual modules if only that skill set is desired and pre-req’s are met. Each module is composed of smaller certificated levels. The ratio of online classes per lab decreases as you move into the more advanced modules. The modules are:

  • The Green Fundamental Skills module includes three certification sections: Maintenance Basics, Mechanical Systems, and Print Reading & Measurements. For those who are need to learn basic mechanical concepts before learning more skills. (estimated 86 online hours and 32 lab hours)
  • The Yellow Industrial Skills module includes three certification sections: Industrial Electricity, Motors & Motor Controls, and Pneumatics & Hydraulics. These are core courses in the curriculum. Obtaining these concepts can help you learn advanced levels more effectively and efficiently. (estimated 66 online hours and 56 lab hours)
  • The White Welding & Machining Skills module includes two certification levels: Basic Machining and Basic Welding. The basics will be covered to allow you more flexibility whether machining replacement tools or widgets and the basic welding you may need to weld a part of fix a welding machine. (estimated 72 online hours and 48 lab hours)
  • The Red Industrial Control Skills module includes two certification levels: Control Systems and Programmable Logic Controllers. The Red modules include more lab time in order to achieve optimum learning.(estimated 36 online hours and 56 lab hours)
  • The Blue Automation Systems Skills module includes two certification levels: Automation Systems and Robotics. These labs include can include small-group or classroom learning and hands-on labs. (estimated 38 online hours and 96 lab hours)

For more information please call the Business Enterprise Center at Wright State University - Lake Campus. 419-586-0902 or 1-800-237-1477 ext. 8402 or call 419-586-0902

Carol Jones, Program Manager

Richard Haney, Technical Trainer

SkillsTrac Brochure (PDF)

SkillsTrac Modules

Traditional Training Modules

Green Level

The Green Fundamental Skills module includes three certification sections: Maintenance Basics, Mechanical Systems, and Print Reading & Measurements. For those who need to learn basic mechanical concepts before learning more skills. (estimated 86 online hours and 32 lab hours)

Yellow Level

The Yellow Industrial Skills module includes three certification sections: Industrial Electricity, Motors & Motor Controls, and Pneumatics & Hydraulics. These are core courses in the curriculum. Obtaining these concepts can help you learn advanced levels more effectively and efficiently. (estimated 66 online hours and 56 lab hours)

White Level

The White Welding & Machining Skills module includes two certification levels: Basic Machining and Basic Welding. The basics will be covered to allow you more flexibility whether machining replacement tools or widgets and the basic welding you may need to weld a part or fix a welding machine. (estimated 72 online hours and 42 lab hours)

Red Level

The Red Industrial Control Skills module includes two certification levels: Control Systems and Programmable Logic Controllers. The Red modules include more lab time in order to achieve optimum learning. (estimated 36 online hours and 56 lab hours)

Blue Level

The Blue Automation Systems Skills module includes two certification levels: Automation Systems and Robotics. These labs include working in small groups, classroom learning and hands-on labs. (estimated 38 online hours and 96 lab hours)

TechCredPrograms

Choose any Traditional SkillsTrac Module or one of these Customized Modules to Apply for TechCred Reimbursement. More information on TechCred can be found here

Fundamental Maintenance Technology

    Objectives:

  • Acquire the basics of manufacturing safety & materials
  • Learn the fundamentals of mechanical systems
  • Understand applied math & precision measurement instruments
  • Know how to read basic blueprint & electrical prints
  • Have a solid knowledge of electrical meters, Ohm’s Laws, & AC/DC power
  • Learn electrical wiring/distribution & contactors & 3-wire start/stops
  • Become completely familiar with E-stop & motor control relays
  • Ability to install & modify variable frequency drives

(estimated 122 online hours and 68 lab hours)

Industrial Skills Technology

    Objectives:

  • Capable of using a manual mill & surface grinder
  • Understand subtractive manufacturing using mill & lathe
  • Learn to operate engine lathe controls, & proper tool/workholding usage
  • Hook-up & operate MIG welding unit
  • Learn to use plasma cutter and material prep
  • Able to TIG weld and use aluminum alloys
  • Know fluid power symbology & prints to design/build pneumatic control circuits
  • Design & build hydraulic circuits & use sequence valves

(estimated 102 online hours and 68 lab hours)

Automation & System Integration Technology

  Objectives:

  • Understand LogixPro PLC software, hardware & numbering codes
  • Learn PLC inputs/outputs & basic programming
  • Understand all aspects of PLC sequencing, data manipulation, & installation
  • Transition to RS5000 CompactLogix to write complex program
  • Able to construct & modify PLC to control all station components
  • Learn HMI applications & animation using numerical inputs/outputs
  • Draw complete electrical system & write program w/proper sequence of operations
  • Learn vision systems, troubleshooting, process improvement & advanced programming
  • Use teach pendant & programming to understand Motoman robotic systems
  • Use teach pendant & programming to understand FANUC robotic systems

(estimated 68 online hours and 152 lab hours)

    Earn College Credit

    Successful completion of the SkillsTrac program can earn a student up to 30 credit hours that apply towards an associate of technical study. The associate degree requires approximately 60 credit hours to complete. View the associate degree requirements

    Questions? Contact Academic Advisor Mark Hibner at 419-586-0377 or mark.hibner@wright.edu.

    Contact

    For more information please call the Business Enterprise Center at Wright State University - Lake Campus. 419-586-0902 or 1-800-237-1477 ext. 8402 or call 419-586-0902

    Carol Jones, Program Manager

    Richard Haney, Technical Trainer