RCBI Offers Statewide Technical Training

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Only a few vacant slots are still available for new technical training classes offered by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI).

Classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 23 in the following fields and locations:

  • Machinist Technology Program classes will be offered in Huntington, Bridgeport, Wheeling and Rocket Center (near Keyser in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle).
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) classes will be offered in Huntington and Bridgeport.
  • CNC Machining classes will be offered in Bridgeport.

“RCBI is pleased to have the opportunity to offer this training,” said RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber. “There is an identified shortage of skilled technical workers -- not just in West Virginia but nationwide -- and we are continuing to work to prepare individuals with proper skills so they are positioned to join the workforce. The training is a great opportunity for young people, displaced workers and anyone who wishes to expand his or her career opportunities.”

RCBI’s Machinist Technology Program, the only one of its kind in West Virginia, is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). An important option in the program enables individuals to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical Studies from a local community college, such as Mountwest (formerly Marshall) Community & Technical College in Huntington, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser or West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling.

The RCBI welding class is a comprehensive one that includes both classroom instruction and hands-on training on the shop floor, with intensive student-instructor interaction. The class can be taken independently to prepare the student to test for state certification in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) or as part of RCBI’s comprehensive welding program that also includes Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) and Stick Pipe Welding.

Training in CNC Machining classes are part of RCBI’s CNC Specialist Program, which involves the use of computer programs to drive machine tools used in industry. Individuals receive hands-on instruction in set up, operation, programming and maintenance of computer-controlled equipment. Instruction is also provided in industrial communications, organizational skills, mathematics for machinists and safety.

For more information or to register in Bridgeport, Rocket Center or Wheeling call Kathryn Stanley, workforce development recruiter, at 304.848.2283 or toll free at 800.469.RCBI (7224).

To register in Huntington call Larry Cartmill, technical program recruiter, at 304.781.1678 or toll free at 800.469.RCBI (7224).

Enrollment is limited. Financial assistance is available to individuals who qualify.

RCBI is known for providing access to technical training and cutting edge technology to manufacturers across the state and region. Operating Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center, its mission includes developing a quality, just-in-time supplier base for the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the commercial sector.