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Mobile lab keeps technicians informed

Students work in Western Nevada College’s mobile Tech Express training lab. WNC Picture

Current equals voltage divided by resistance, and current is what the Western Nevada College Tech Express Mobile Training Lab is designed to keep technicians on.

The lab offers industry-specific training for Northern Nevada manufacturers and businesses, bringing state-of-the-art training and equipment to students and employers in rural areas.

“This program is a way for us to work closely with WNC to develop our employees and keep them up to date with current technologies. Improving their skills through training is important for our employees as they consolidate and develop their careers at Baker Hughes-Bently Nevada,” said John Sanchez, global supply chain manager.

This was the case in the second half of the spring semester with WNC offering its custom course, Special Topics in Electrical Fundamentals, to Baker Hughes-Bently Nevada employees.

The educational material has been customized in partnership with the company’s operational managers, providing their workers with a solid foundation in electrical circuits and systems.

A third WNC community partner, Carson Valley Inn, made it easier for students to access their training by allowing WNC to park its grant-funded Tech Express mobile lab in its parking lot in Minden.

“When WNC asked if we could host the lab at Carson Valley Inn and explained this amazing resource and how it helps in workforce development, we were thrilled to host the lab here,” said Maggi Vandenburg. , Sales Manager of Carson Valley Inn.

The mobile lab was created so the college could share its programs with students in rural areas and provide important resources that develop a skilled workforce for employers. The project was funded by grants from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development through the Workforce Innovations for a New Nevada program, the William N. Pennington Foundation, Tesla and Wells Fargo.

Baker Hughes has previously hired WNC students who trained in the college’s Automation and Industrial Technology program, establishing a pipeline for the specific needs they have on their teams.

“This Douglas County employer has been a longtime partner of our programs at the Center for Industrial Automation and Technology and we have several former students working on their teams, so when we talk about the specifics of the technical training needed, it It’s easy to find alignment with our courses and available content,” said Emily Howarth, Professor of Electronics and Automation of Industrial Technology and WNC’s Industrial Technology Center.

Current students all work in electrical manufacturing and assembly. The focus was therefore on ensuring a solid foundation of theory and practice.

“The students all performed with great professionalism as we worked together to share space and time in the mobile lab,” Howarth said.

Bently Nevada employees and WNC’s Tech Express training lab were moved to Carson Valley Inn for training as the Bently Nevada parking lot was being repaved.

“That’s no problem for students who are eager to learn and motivated to succeed in their work,” Howarth said. “They are highly motivated and curious – and ready to take comprehensive courses in electronics and other technical subjects to prepare for additional responsibilities and growth opportunities at work.”

As an added bonus, as WNC led the Smart Automation Certification Alliance partnership in Nevada, Howarth was able to provide these students with access to prepare for and earn an industry-leading certification – SACA Electrical Specialist. This is a test of technical knowledge and skills to achieve silver and gold level certification with a nationally recognized credential.