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 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."Brandin Perkins
The benefits are not limited to just the students; 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, 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. Perkins then made another video teaching vision system in order to obtain the level 2 certification. Perkins estimates he spent roughly 70-90 hours studying,
preparing and creating these videos, which were reviewed by FANUC.
To learn more about the Robotics and Industrial Automation course at MCTC or the Electrical Technology program as a whole, contact Perkins at BPerkins0008@kctcs.edu.