Festo Certified Training Center is first in nation, ceremony May 28

During the certification process, STC IAM Instructor Ernesto Avila was evaluated by a Festo audit team while conducting trainings.

During the certification process, STC IAM Instructor Ernesto Avila was evaluated by a Festo audit team while conducting trainings.

The Office of Industry Training & Economic Development and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IAM) at South Texas College (STC) will announce their certification as a globally recognized Festo Certified Training Center on Thursday, May 28, 2015, during a ceremony starting at 10:00 a.m. at the STC Technology Campus in McAllen. Festo is a privately owned German industrial control and automation company and is a leading global supplier of automation technology.

The Festo Certified Training Center for Robotics and Industrial Automation is the first of its kind in the nation, opening a world of opportunities for students and companies who are utilizing automation technology.

“Giving students the opportunity to earn a globally recognized certification is going to make them more valuable in the workforce,” said Carlos Margo, interim associate dean of industry training & economic development. “Companies on both sides of the border will also be able to benefit from this high level of automation certification.”

SAVE THE DATECurrently STC-IAM training partners include Alps Automotive, Cinch Connectors, Coca Cola, Fiberio Technology, Fujitsu Ten, GE Energy, Grand Rapids Foam Technologies and Royal Technologies to name a few.

“A combination of having the appropriate robotic and other automation equipment in our IAM Lab, certified trainers, classrooms and our proximity to manufacturers in our region is what ultimately qualified South Texas College for the certification,” said Margo. “We are located in a unique area where we have proved automation technology can be utilized now and also shows growth potential in the future. Our Festo Lab will also serve as an inducement for prospective manufacturers who may be considering the Rio Grande Valley to establish or relocate their operations.”

The Festo Certified Training Center will provide the local workforce, new and incumbent, with state of the art training and globally recognized credentials in different technologies of advanced manufacturing and industrial automation such as pneumatics, electro-pneumatics, mechanics, sensors, stepper and servo motor technologies, programmable logic controllers, and industrial robotics.

For more information regarding the Festo Certified Training Center for Robotics and Industrial Automation, call STC-IAM at 956-872-6197.

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