No-Cost Manufacturing Technician Training begins April 3 at SMCC in Brunswick Bookmark and Share

March 29, 2018

**Qualified applicants who successfully complete the raining will be interviewed for positions at BIW.*

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2018

MQC Media Contact: Dan Belyea, Maine Quality Centers program, 629-4030

MDOL Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009

BRUNSWICK—Southern Maine Community College, the Maine Community College System’s Maine Quality Centers program, and the Maine Department of Labor’s CareerCenters are partnering with General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) to deliver no-cost technical training to provide the skilled workers BIW needs to help fill critical jobs. Classes will run April 3-June 28, from 4pm to 7pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at SMCC’s Midcoast Campus, 29 Sewall Street in Brunswick. For more information or to get started, email workforceregistration@smccME.edu or call 207-741-5951.

The Manufacturing Technician Training Course offers students an opportunity to learn trade-related skills to begin a career in shipfitting, pipefitting, or the general trades. Topics will include blueprint reading, technical math, hand and power tool operation and safety, operation of air tools, oxy cutting, tack welding, basic layout, lifting and material handling, drilling, fastening and more. BIW will conduct job interviews with qualified applicants upon successful completion of the program. Those who are hired will receive additional, job-specific training in the shipyard’s Trades Learning Center.

This training is a grant-funded opportunity. Eligibility requirements include being a resident of Maine, holding a high school diploma, GED or HiSet, being unemployed or underemployed, and proof of authorization to work in the U.S. Preference is given to those with previous trade experience or training. Other testing may be required.

Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

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