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Mechatronics Engineering Students Earn FANUC Certification


Surry Community College is now an established FANUC certified training facility, which allows students to earn a FANUC Certification in handling tool operations and programming, which is about a $1,800-$2,200 industry cost.

Last year, Surry Community College Mechatronics Engineering Instructor Jordan Crowson earned a FANUC certification that established SCC as a FANUC certified training facility

Recently, the first set of students at SCC earned this internationally recognized certification with a high pass rate. The students from the Dobson campus had a 100 percent pass rate, and the students from the Yadkin Center had a 92 percent pass rate. Eleven out of the 12 students who took the test from the Yadkin Center not only passed, but did so with a perfect score.

The first set of SCC students attending classes at the Yadkin Center to receive the FANUC certificate did so with perfect scores. They are (left to right) Jared Collins, Kirkland Jones, Timothy Scott, Jason Durham, Robert “Andy ” Rhodes, Michael “Zach ” Miller, Andrew Hernandez, Brian Gammons, Trenten Hutchens, Chase Poindexter, and Elimelec Calderon.

“FANUC America is one of the largest robot manufacturers in the world. Typically, for someone to receive a Level 1 Certification in Handling Tool and Programming, they would need to travel to Huntersville, or even other parts of the country. Now, students will have the opportunity to walk out of the door at Surry with this certification, ” Crowson said. “These classes can cost companies in the thousands to send one student to, so not only does it give our students a leg over everyone else on their resume, it is helping companies save money and time as well. ”

Jordan Crowson, Mechatronics Engineering Instructor at Surry Community College, earned his FANUC Certification, making SCC a FANUC certified training facility.

The newly FANUC certified students are: Kirkland Jones of Cana, Va; Jason Durham of Boonville; Ernesto Giles, and Kendell Smith of Dobson; Robert “Andy ” Rhodes and Trenten Hutchens of East Bend; Timothy Scott of Hamptonville; Elimelec Calderon of Jonesville; Andrew Hernandez, William Whitaker, and Ethan Simmons of Mount Airy; Conrad Manuel, and Ryan Bunker of Pilot Mountain; Lucas Shelton, and Jordan Moore of Pinnacle; Brian Gammons of State Road; Michael “Zach ” Miller of Union Grove; Jared Collins and Chase Poindexter of Yadkinville.

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