RCBI offers industry workshops

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is offering workshops on a variety of topics in February, March, April and May at its three sites. Led by industry-experienced instructors, the workshops are aimed at improving the skills of employees and supervisors.

Offered in Huntington, South Charleston and Bridgeport, individual classes and workshops will cover Blueprint Reading; Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerances; Mastercam Fundamentals; Subcontracting Opportunities in Federal Contracting; Shop Math; ISO 9001: 2015 Internal Auditor Training; and SolidWorks Essentials.

 Blueprint Reading: This one-day training course covers basic principles of blueprint reading, including dimensions, tolerances, the basic views, and symbols. The cost is $235 per person, or $48 per person for companies participating in RCBI’s Apprenticeship Works program. A training manual is included with registration.

Geometric, Dimensioning and Tolerances:

Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing is a one-day (8 hour) course focused on the system for defining and communicating engineering tolerances.  GD&T uses a symbolic language on engineering drawings and solid models to describe nominal geometry and its allowable variation.   The cost is $375 per person, or $186 per person for companies participating in Apprenticeship Works. A training manual is included.

Subcontracting Opportunities in Federal Contracting: This workshop will focus on subcontracting opportunities. Topics include joint ventures, protégé agreements, and channel sales. The event, which is free, is presented in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Regional Contracting Assistance Center.

SBIR and STTR Boot Camp: This event provides an opportunity to learn more about the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which are a source of funding for small businesses and researchers. The boot camp is from 4-6 p.m. and will be followed by refreshments and networking from 6-7 p.m. at the new Brad D. Smith Business Incubator, located nearby at 927 Third Avenue in Huntington. The event is free.

Mastercam Fundamentals: This three-day training course introduces student to CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) software widely used by industry. Participants will learn to create geometry, set up tools and related information, design tool paths, and use graphical simulation functions for visual verification before generating machine code.  The cost is $745 per person.  A training manual is included with registration.

Shop Math: Thisone-day class provides a refresher on the basic math skills necessary to work in manufacturing. The cost is $235 per person or $48 per person for companies participating in Apprenticeship Works. 

ISO 9001: 2015 Internal Auditor – This two-day training course prepares individuals to conduct an effective, process-based internal audit to the ISO 9001: 2015 Standard.  Training will include a review of the requirements of the Standard from an auditor’s perspective, auditing principles, and tools for planning and conducting the audit and verifying the effectiveness of corrective actions. Case studies will be utilized providing the participants with an opportunity to apply the auditing skills just learned.    The cost is $495 per person.

Solidworks Essentials: Designed for beginners, the SolidWorks Essential course teaches students to use the design program to build three-dimensional models of parts and assemblies. The three-day course is $745 per person and includes a training manual.

RCBI also offers the Manufacturing Fast-Track Program, which offers online coursework and 40 hours of customized, hands-on training. The cost is $3,950 per person. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

For information on these workshops and other training opportunities, call RCBI at 304.781.1625.