Exploring WVNCC Technologies

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Exploring_technologiesMECHATRONICS

Mechatronics is a program designed to prepare West Virginia Northern’s students to be electrical and mechanical maintenance technicians for the highly technological, integrated and automated manufacturing facilities of the modern workplace.

The program is designed to integrate mechanical, electrical, process and control skills as employers are demanding technicians who are “cross-trained.”  Students learn to install, replace, troubleshoot and repair equipment used in manufacturing facilities. All technical courses have an intensive hands-on lab component as students learn skills in electrical systems, motor control, hydraulics and pneumatics, programmable logic controllers, instrumentation, workplace safety, and problem solving and teamwork.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Follow conventional industrial safety practices
  • Troubleshoot, repair, install and replace electrical systems
  • Troubleshoot, repair, install and replace motor control systems
  • Troubleshoot, repair, install and replace hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Troubleshoot, program, install, adjust and replace programmable
  • controller systems
  • Read and analyze prints, schematic diagrams, circuit diagrams and
  • ladder diagrams
  • Operate effectively in a team setting
  • Apply critical thinking, problem analysis and decision-making skills

Job opportunities for graduates of the program are high as manufacturing facilities are faced with large numbers of baby boomers retiring and the need for highly skilled workers to maintain and operate the automated equipment of the modern manufacturing facility. In addition to opportunities with the steel industry, individuals may work in chemical, power generating, and fabricating industries.

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PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY

The Petroleum Technology program at WVNCC is designed to prepare students for employment in the natural gas drilling, gathering and field operations industry associated with development of the Marcellus and Utica shales.

The program provides a strong foundation in oil and gas exploration, production and development in the Appalachian Basin. Laboratory classes include a strong emphasis on hands-on experiences. Safe work practices are emphasized and several industry certifications are embedded within the curriculum. Note: Hands-on outdoor labs may require travel to Fairmont, West Virginia.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Follow conventional industrial safety practices
  • Perform procedures and tasks commonly used in production of oil and
  • gas in the Appalachian Basin
  • Correctly and safely use lifting equipment and rigging hardware in the
  • handling of machinery, supplies and loads
  • Demonstrate correct procedures to use in various drilling technologies
  • Explain considerations that go into designing a well completion
  • Use orifice measurement to meter gas
  • Apply principles of hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical systems
  • to the drilling, production and services industries

Job opportunities for graduates of the program are high as the oil and gas industry is one of the fasting growing industries in the region, if not the nation. Production workers are in high demand as employers move to extract the gas and associated petroleum liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shales. The program qualifies graduates for employment in such positions as field technicians, pumpers, drilling technicians, measurement technicians, compressor operations and many others.

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