Clark College adds new technician program

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Clark College is introducing a new technical program and adjusting some existing programs to better meet needs of local employers.

A new Industrial Maintenance Technician program combines some of the existing mechatronics, machining and welding classes to train students how to provide preventative maintenance and repair support to manufacturing and other industries. Regional employers have indicated a need for trained IMTs.

The average annual wage for IMTs is $43,000, according to labor surveys.

Clark's welding program is introducing new curriculum that expands the welding processes taught and also teaches students how to use those processes in fabrication, a skill sought by local employers.

Clark's mechatronics and machining programs will begin offering evening classes to better accommodate schedules of currently employed industrial workers. Those evening programs begin with fall quarter on Sept. 22.

To learn more about these programs, visit www.clark.edu/gotech or call the Clark College advising department, 360-992-2345.