Operation Next | Western Technical College

Operation Next

Free training to prepare military personnel for the most in-demand manufacturing jobs

Wisconsin National GuardOperation Next provides flexible training pathways in high demand advanced manufacturing careers for members of the Wisconsin Guard and Reserve. It features an accelerated, hybrid curriculum that combines virtual learning online through simulations and multimedia with hands-on, performance-based learning on real-world manufacturing equipment. Operation Next is available for free to active and retired members of the Wisconsin Guard and Reserve, their spouses, and dependents. To learn more, visit opnextjobs.com.

Operation Next is now enrolling for the Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Operator and Robotics Technician programs at Western Technical College. 

CNC Operator

CNC OperatorThis program combines self-paced online learning with flexible lab hours. Training will begin in Fall 2022.

CNC Operators use their keen eye for detail and their mechanical aptitude to create a product that meets customer specifications. From stocking materials to running parts, CNC operators perform an essential role in advanced manufacturing. Participants who complete this program will have the job skills needed to operate a CNC mill and lathe. This training enhances your knowledge of dimensional measurement, print reading, and basic material properties. CNC operators are in high demand in advanced manufacturing jobs across the state. The starting salary range is $35,000-$40,000.

When your training is complete, take the final assessment. You will then have a nationally portable, industry-recognized credential from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Basic Robotics Technician

Robotics TechnicianThis program combines self-paced online learning with flexible lab hours. Training will begin in Fall 2022.

In a modern manufacturing environment, robots can be seen assembling products, stacking materials, and even welding component parts. But behind those robots is a team of people responsible for their setup, maintenance, programming, and operation. Through this skills training, you can expect to gain knowledge in fluid power, electrical systems, control logics, and troubleshooting. The starting salary range is $35,000-$42,000.

Upon completion, participants will have the job skills needed for an entry level career in this growing field. This program prepares you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to earn 10 nationally portable and industry recognized Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) certifications.

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