The center in Mason will serve has a hub for the United States, Mexico, and Canada for Festo products and also houses the Festo Learning Center to address the need for workers with skills to work in advanced manufacturing. The Learning Center is an outgrowth of Festo's Didactic Technical Education Solutions program.
Festo Didactic provides equipment and solutions for technical education. The product and service portfolio offers customers holistic education solutions for all areas of technology in factory and process automation, such as pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical engineering, production technology, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, CNC, HVAC and telecommunications.
The new Festo Learning Center Midwest serves manufacturing companies and colleges in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana offering a wide range of industrial training solutions. This includes Festo’s classic short-term training programs like Basic Pneumatics and Hydraulics, but also classes such as Problem Solving Techniques, Lean Production & Value Stream Mapping, Maintenance Strategies & TPM as well as long-term workforce solutions based on the German dual education system.
In August 2016 Festo Didactic, in partnership with Sinclair Community College and supported by TechSolve, launched a 2-year Mechatronics Apprenticeship program piloting a first cohort of 12 apprentices. This program combines mechanical and electrical engineering, controls engineering and computer science. The mechatronic technician will be awarded an Associate’s Degree and will be able to work as: Maintenance Technician, Automation Specialist, Service Technician, and/or Manufacturing Technician
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