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Workforce Training

Leverage Production Workforce Skills to Work Smarter.

Minnesota is home to a diverse manufacturing community. From heavy metal foundries to nanotechnology manufacturing in clean room environments, production worker skills are valuable assets. The OpVantageSM training program has been created to provide the production worker with knowledge and ability necessary to secure a hiring advantage, whether seeking a new job or wanting to reinforce existing skills.

OpVantage foundation skills curriculum provides workers with core competencies necessary to be successful in a production environment, and more valuable to their current or future employer.

To complement the general skills course, four additional modules are available. Each additional course promotes a specialized skills topic, to provide production workers with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in their jobs:

  • Production Soldering Assembler – After completing the course, students will understand the requirements and gain certification in the two most common IPC specifications used throughout the electronic assembly industry, as well as demonstrate hands-on proficiency in both basic and fine pitch soldering techniques.
  • Control Panel Assembler – After completing both levels 1 and 2 of the course, students will understand elementary wiring diagrams and demonstrate the ability to complete assemblies of complex electronic devices.
  • Cleanroom Operator – After completing the course, students will understand the unique requirements and work performance expectation typical in a manufacturing cleanroom setting.
  • Quality Inspector – After completing the course, students will understand requirements and perform inspections typical of a manufacturing setting.

OpVantage courses include a robust curriculum of core competencies relevant to current or future employment.

Foundation Skills Course topics (80 hours of training):

  • Math
  • Measurement
  • Hand Tools
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Print Reading
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Electrical Systems
  • Troubleshooting
  • LEAN Manufacturing & Continuous Improvement
  • Safety

Production Soldering Assembler topics (160 hours of training):

  • IPC-A-610 Certification
  • Basic Hands-on Skill Proficiency
  • IPC J-STD-001 Certification
  • Fine Pitch Soldering Proficiency

Control Panel Assembler (80 hours of training, 40 hours per level):

Basic Level 1 topics:

Advanced Level 2 topics:

  • Math & Measurement
  • Control Panel Fundamentals
  • Print Reading Control Panel
  • Hand Tools
  • Mechanical Assembly
  • Electrical Assembly
  • Relay and Ladder Logic Fundamentals
  • Working with Elementary Wiring Diagrams
  • Industrial Devices
  • Panel Layout
  • Advanced Assembly


Cleanroom Operator topics (40 hours of training):

  • Position Responsibilities & Safety
  • Cleaning Requirements
  • Cleanroom Classification & Design
  • Operational Protocols & Procedures
  • Contamination Risk & Response

Quality Inspector topics (40 hours of training):

  • Position Responsibilities & Safety
  • Reading & Interpreting Prints & Schematics
  • Precision Measuring Tools
  • Quality Processes & Recordkeeping
  • Material Control & Audits

Student performance is verified on written evaluations and hands-on skill demonstrations where appropriate.

Contact us to learn more about our workforce training program.