WACKER INSTITUTE

The WACKER Institute is a partnership between Chattanooga State’s Engineering Technology Division and WACKER POLYSILICON North America (WPNA).

WACKER INSTITUTE

The award winning collaboration has produced some of the best chemical process-engineering technicians in the region. The next phase of the partnership will include a new apprenticeship model in three academic focus areas: chemical operations, electrical & instrumentation (E&I) and mechanical systems maintenance. For selected students the apprenticeship will combine academic and practical experiences with paid, on-the-job training (OJT) over the course of five semesters.

The Chemical Engineering Technology program of study is taught at the state-of-the-art pilot plant located in the WACKER Institute on Chattanooga State’s main campus. Chemical process-engineering technicians operate and monitor manufacturing processes through the utilization of automated control systems. This program offers students a comprehensive learning environment that blends classroom and laboratory instruction with paid OJT experience at the WACKER Polysilicon plant in nearby Charleston, TN.

The Mechatronic – E&I Systems track prepares students for careers in skilled maintenance as electrical & instrumentation technicians. Students will receive in-depth instruction and hands-on training in industrial safety, electronics, distribution systems, automation, instrumentation, programmable logic controllers, manufacturing processes, and CAD drawings. This program also offers students a comprehensive learning environment that blends classroom and laboratory instruction with paid, OJT experience at the WACKER Polysilicon plant in nearby Charleston, TN.

The Mechatronic – Mechanical Systems track prepares students for careers in skilled maintenance as mechanical systems technicians. Students will receive in-depth instruction and hands-on training in industrial safety, computer numerical controlled machining, manufacturing processes, fluid power, mechanical maintenance principles, welding, and CAD drawings. This program also offers students a comprehensive learning environment that blends classroom and laboratory instruction with paid OJT experience at the WACKER Polysilicon plant in nearby Charleston, TN.

 

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