Wake Tech's Beltline Center Offers Advanced Tech Training For Local Manufacturing Workers

Mar 12, 2015

The advanced manufacturing program at Wake Tech's new Beltline Education Center features a 3-D printer.
Credit Stephen J. Coppedge / Wake Tech
Wake Technical Community College has opened a new advanced manufacturing center in Raleigh.

Along with a cosmetology program and a career and college preparation program, the Beltline Education Center will offer training in machining, automation and circuit technology.

 ""Especially now, with everybody going to higher technology machines, there's kind of a skills gap that we have been addressing," says Industry Training Director Bill Terrill.

He says the first group of students are employees at area companies.  

"Usually you can't touch or work with your own machines because they're running and producing things, and so we've developed a system that replicates that so that they can take it apart and put it back together and get a better feel for the new technology."

Terrill says the program is expected to open up to the general public this summer.