MT. CLEMENS (WWJ) — Southeast Michigan has been awarded funding through the federal Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge to create new jobs and technologies related to the rapidly emerging advanced energy storage system industry cluster.

Training for the Production Operator Certificate Program is available to the unemployed with some work experience. Veterans are also encouraged to participate.

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The Production Operator Course will provide students with skills needed to work as a production operator in the manufacturing field. The operator must have an understanding of industry standards, quality processes and maintenance awareness in order to safely and efficiently operate machinery. This certificate program includes an entry level understanding of skills in computers, teamwork, communications and manufacturing safety. Students will also be introduced to basic electrical, computer control, mechanical systems and fluid power fundamentals to understand basic skills within a manufacturing environment. Students who have successfully completed the program will take the four Manufacturing Skill Standards Council assessments, which will provide them with a nationally recognized certification as a Certified Production Technician.

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The program is for unemployed individuals who are interested in expanding their skills to be better prepared in the areas of teamwork, mechanical, electrical and specialty processes. The program goes for eight weeks and provides 200 hours of training. It will be starting in late August of this year at the Michigan Technical Education Center, M-TEC, at 7900 Tank Ave., Warren. To receive certification, students must complete the program and pass the four MSSC CPT exams in safety, quality practice and measurement, manufacturing processes and production plus maintenance and awareness.

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Contact Debb Ross with Workforce and Continuing Education by phone at (586) 498-4100, fax (586) 498-4101 or e-mail at or Sarah Tennant with Michigan Works at (586) 469-7747 or e-mail For more information, visit