Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology

Program Information

Manufacturing is back and manufacturing technicians are needed!  The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that between 2009 and the end of 2014, U.S. manufacturing output grew by 45% with 646,000 manufacturing jobs added and another 243,000 positions waiting to be filled.  Since 2010, about 300 companies have returned to the U.S. from overseas according to the Reshoring Initiative and trained workers are needed.   Who will fill these positions? 

Our Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing program is designed to meet the present and future needs of industry as students work daily with the same equipment and techniques used by industry leaders. Students will study manufacturing operations as they focus on developing employability skills and the flexibility needed to adapt as technology evolves.

For this program, you will be working in the Career Center's Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) lab and using up-to-date, computerized equipment such as CNC and PLC machines, robotic arms, plasma cutter, and other computerized machines.

Jim Simmering

Skills You'll Learn in This Program 

  • OSHA Defined Safety Procedures
  • FANUC & Motoman Robotics
  • CNC Machining
  • Manual Milling Machine Operation
  • Precision Grinding
  • Gas Metal Arc, Shielded Metal Arc, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • CNC Plasma Torch Operation
  • Oxy-Acetylene Torch and Carbon Arc Cutting
  • Drilling and Tapping
  • Blueprint Reading
  • ABB Robotics Training
  • Digital Laser Training


Career Opportunities

This is the program for you if you want to be a/an:

  • CNC Operator/Programmer
  • Welder
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Skilled Trades Apprentice
  • Machinist
  • Steel Worker
  • Machine Repair person

With further training you can become a:

  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Weld Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer

Ready to get ahead? 

Taking control of your future is easier than you think. By finishing your high school education at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center, you put yourself ahead of your peers with field experience a normal classroom could never replicate. Apply for this program and pursue your passion today!


RAM Juniors Immersed
RAM juniors experiment with the virtual welder in their first week of the 2018-2019 school year.  RAMTEC Center provides Robotics & Advanced Mfg students with daily experiences and opportunities to work with advanced equipment.  


RAM Hosts Girls with Goggles
Some RAM student s volunteered their day-off to host pink-shirted Girls with Goggles and show them the wonders of the RAM program like this virtual welder. Thanks for giving your time to the program!

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