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Production Specialist

Are you interested in joining the number one business sector in Iowa? Throughout Iowa, and in our region, advanced manufacturers are top employers. With very competitive wages, and great benefit packages, advanced manufacturing is a great industry to choose when looking to grow your career.

The Production Specialist program is designed to help you get your foot in the door at a variety of local employers. If you are new to the industry, help your resume stand out from the competition by completing this 12-week certificate program.

As part of the Production Specialist program you will earn the Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential. This is a nationally recognized credential that is certified by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC). In order to earn the credential you will study four different areas: Safety & Employability, Manufacturing Processes & Production, Quality Practices & Measurement, & Maintenance Awareness. Your study will involve a combination of online coursework with lecture and hands-on skill practice. At the end of each unit you will take an online test. After successfully passing all four, you are officially a Certified Production Technician. (Learn more about the individual units here: http://www.msscusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/CPT-Key-Activities.pdf 

In addition to earning the CPT credential, you will also earn a Production Specialist certificate from Indian Hills’. This locally recognized certificate showcases to area employers that you have also spent time working on: employability skills, blueprint reading, identification and use of basic hand tools, personal finance skills and safe hoisting and rigging. You will also walk away from the program with your OSHA 10 certification.

Students who showcase perfect attendance and timeliness during the program will also earn an extra endorsement on their Production Specialist certificate that highlights this commitment. Area employers are eager to hire graduates that commit to showing up every day on time.

Program Details:

Program Length: 12 weeks
Tuition: $3,299 – You may qualify for 100% tuition assistance, contact Melissa!
Schedule: Monday – Thursday; 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (with an hour break for lunch)
Next Start Date: Oct 19, 2020 (Course ends Jan 21st)

Tuition Assistance: Melissa Neher
Email: melissa.neher@indianhills.edu 
Phone: 641-683-5285

Program Instructor: Cole Payne
Email: cole.payne@indianhills.edu 
Phone: 641-683-5111, x1868

Course Details: 

Certified Production Technician (CPT) 4.0 – (144 hours)
This course is accredited by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC). It is made up of 4 individual modules: Safety, Manufacturing Processes and Production, Quality Practices & Measurement, & Maintenance Awareness. Students will take a test at the end of each module, with successful completion of all four units, students earn the nationally recognized CPT credential.

Navigating the Journey to Success – (18 hours)
This course will help students set personal and professional goals and lay out a plan to achieve them. Interpersonal skills that are important for workplace success will be emphasized and students will learn techniques to help them feel empowered to control their own journey to success.

Adapters, Tools & Measurements – (18 hours)
This course will cover safety procedures and identification of hand tools and measuring devices in the mechanical trades. The course will also include precision tools and measuring devices. Repair and maintenance of this equipment will be covered. Students will become familiar with fittings, connectors, pipe, hoses, tubing and their installations. One session will be spent in the Machine Technology lab learning to recognize the different types of mills and lathes. This course is equivalent to credit CRR 310.

OSHA 10 for General Industry - (10 hours)
This course follows the curriculum provide by OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) and students completing the course will receive their OSHA 10 card. Topics covered in the course include: fall protection, fire prevention, personal protective equipment, machine guarding, hazard communication, and ergonomics.

Print Reading for Manufacturing Processes – (8 hours)
This course provides instruction and practice on reading manufacturing blueprints. Students will learn about blueprint standards and how to interpret the various symbols. General blueprints for various parts will be covered, as well as, prints specific to parts that need to be welded.

Hoisting and Rigging Fundamentals – (6 hours)
This course will cover the basics of safely rigging and hoisting large parts or equipment in a manufacturing environment. Students will have opportunity to practice the skill during the course.

Resume Building & Interview Skills – (6 hours)
In this course students will build a professional resume to share with prospective employers, as well as, practice interview skills.

Personal Finance – (8 hours)
Budgeting for your income will be the primary focus of this course. The instructor will also discuss credit scores, planning for retirement, and the appropriate use of debt.


Meet Cole Payne

Cole Payne joined the Indian Hills team in March of 2020. He will be the primary instructor for the Production Specialist certificate program and also assists with the high school welding academy in the afternoon.

Cole graduated from Ottumwa High School and then attended Tulsa Welding School in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he studied Mig, Tig, and Pipe welding. After completing his training in Tulsa, Cole moved back to the area and started work at Vermeer Corporation in Pella, IA.

Cole started his career at Vermeer in the production welding department and then moved into a position on the safety team. From there he spent 6-years in the engineering department as an Engineering Technician. Cole’s various experiences at Vermeer have given him a solid foundation to help others learn what it takes to be successful in an advanced manufacturing environment.

Cole is excited to begin working with students in the Production Specialist program. He said, “I look forward to introducing students to a variety of topics that will help them launch successful careers in the advanced manufacturing environment. While this course does utilize online curriculum, I plan on also making the course very interactive and incorporating as much discussion and hands-on practice as we can.”


Financial Service Certificate

Are you interested in gaining an entry level position in the banking, financial services or insurance industries? Then the Financial Services Certificate is for you! After completing this 16-week certificate program, you will have opportunity to take the Securities Industries Essentials (SIE) exam which is administered and accredited by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority).

In addition to coursework designed to prepare you for the SIE exam, you will also take classes to help you with business writing and etiquette, customer service skills, keyboarding skills, and Microsoft Excel and Outlook. In both Excel and Outlook, you will have the chance to earn certificates endorsed by Microsoft, which demonstrate your skill with these programs to future employers.  

Courses included in the Financial Services Certificate:

Keyboarding Skill Development – (16 hours Online)
This course covers the development of keyboarding techniques using the touch method on the computer keyboard to learn/review the alphabetic, numeric, and symbol keys. The keyboarding goal is a minimum rate of 35 words a minute with three or fewer errors on a three-minute timing.

SIE Exam Prep – (60 hours)
Students will investigate the concepts presented on the SIE Exam. Significant time during the course will be devoted to practice exams. Students will be scheduled to take the SIE Exam during the final week of the course.

Office Fundamentals – (40 hours)
Students will practice business office etiquette while learning to engage external and internal customers with a high degree of professionalism. This course will include phone, email and in-person scenarios. Students will also practice some of the basic concepts of business writing, including the practice of taking notes in a CRM.

Excel – (24 hours Online)
In this course, the student will learn to use the basic functionality of Excel by completing business-related applications, exercises, lab projects and tests. (Opportunity to become MOS Certified in Excel.)

Outlook – (24 hours Online)
Students will learn to effectively utilize Microsoft Outlook. (Opportunity to become MOS Certified in Outlook.)

Personal Finance – (8 hours)
Budgeting for your income will be a primary focus of this course. We will also discuss credit scores, planning for retirement and the appropriate use of debt.

Resume Building & Interview Skills – (8 hours)
Students will build a resume to share with prospective employers as well as practice interview skills.

Tuition for the course is $2,690. This includes all course materials, plus exam fees. It also includes transportation for the class to take the SIE exam in Des Moines. (Students unable to take the exam on the scheduled day, must make their own travel arrangements for testing.) You can also just take one, two or more of the individual courses listed.

To learn more about the program, or to register, contact the Continuing Education & Workforce Solutions office at (641) 683-5249 or cews@indianhills.edu 

If you would like to find out about financial aid for the program, please contact Michelle Russell-Graham at (641) 683-5285 or michelle.russell@indianhills.edu