MCTC Professor Earns FANUC Factory Certified Robotics Instructor Certification
Maysville Community & Technical College (MCTC) Electrical Technology Program Coordinator Brandin Perkins recently earned the FANUC Factory Certified Instructor status from the FANUC Robotics’ CERT Program. Through this certification, MCTC can now offer two levels of FANUC certifications to students who complete Mr. Perkins’ Robotics and Industrial Automation course.
FANUC Certified Educational Robotics Training Certifications are offered in two levels. Level one deals with Materials Handling and the FANUC HandlingPro Software. Level two deals with Robotic Vision Systems. Mr. Perkins believes both of these certifications will bring tremendous benefits to students:
“60% of all industrial robots are FANUC. These certifications are specific to FANUC which means our students are earning certifications from one of the most widely recognized robotics company in the world. Students are going to earn more credentials at no additional cost than what they are already paying to take the Robotic and Industrial Automation course.”
The benefits are not limited to just the students; Mr. Perkins believes these certifications are going to bring benefits to the region as well:
“These certifications are going to benefit the students as well as the region. We have seen an increase in automation in the last 10 years and it is only going to continue to increase. We are now better prepared to handle the increase in automation that the next decade is expected to bring. Also, the accessibility of our facilities puts us in a great position to provide workforce training to companies and businesses in the region, especially the MMRC Industrial Park.”
In order to begin his FANUC Factory Certified Robotics Instructor Certification, Mr. Perkins completed testing for seven online training courses. He then attended a 32-hour school hosted by FANUC in Mason, Ohio and was required to submit a video of himself teaching students about material handling and HandlingPro in order to obtain the level 1 certification. Mr. Perkins then made another video teaching vision system in order to obtain the level 2 certification. Mr. Perkins estimates he spent roughly 70-90 hours studying, preparing and creating these videos, which were reviewed by FANUC.