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Fort Knox Army Career Skills Program

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The Fort Knox Army Advanced Manufacturing Career Skills Program provides a pathway for transitioning service members to pursue highly skilled, in-demand careers with certificates recognized by regional employers.

What are my certificate options?

Earn your certificate in 16 weeks or less! ECTC offers free career services and job interviews with area employers upon certificate completion.

Computer Aided Drafting & Design

Gain sought-after skills used in architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and manufacturing. With a focus on lab work, the curriculum prepares students to turn ideas and rough sketches into detailed, precise drawings.

Who’s hiring? Central Kentucky companies like Altec and A.V. Gauge are continually seeking employees with these skills.

CERTIFICATE IN 3D MODELER

As a part of Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD), 3D modeling involves turning a virtual design into a physical object through the use of software tools. This highly specialized, highly sought-after training is used in industrial manufacturing, product development, automotive design and many more industries. Length of program: 16 weeks or less.

REQUIRED COURSES* Credit Hours
CAD 100 Introduction to Computer Aided Design 3
CAD 200 Intermediate CAD (prerequisite - CAD 100) 4
CAD 201 Parametric Modeling 4
Technical Electives 5-7
Total Credits 16-18

*Other prerequisites may be required. Some courses may require college placement exams. 

CERTIFICATE IN DRAFTER ASSISTANT

A career as a drafter assistant involves operating CADD equipment to produce designs, drawings and plans for foundations, buildings and structures. Length of program: 16 weeks or less.

REQUIRED COURSES* Credit Hours
General Education  
Written Communication, Oral Communications or Humanities/Heritage 3
Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 105 excluded) 3
Technical Core  
CAD 100 Introduction to Computer Aided Design 3
CAD 102 Drafting Fundamentals 4
CAD 112 Engineering Graphics (prerequisite - CAD 102) 4
Total Credits 17

*Other prerequisites may be required. Some courses may require college placement exams.

Electrical Technology

Acquire specialized training in electrical theory and hands-on practice with two areas of concentration: industrial electrician and construction electrician. Develop in-demand skills that lead to great careers with manufacturers, residential/commercial contractors and more.

Who’s hiring? Companies like Akebono and LG&E/KU are continually seeking employees with these skills.

CERTIFICATE IN CONSTRUCTION ELECTRICIAN LEVEL I

A career as a construction electrician involves supporting electricians in the installation, maintenance, operation and repair of electrical systems to ensure the effective operation of various electrical equipment. Length of program: 16 weeks or less.

REQUIRED COURSES* Credit Hours
EET 119 Basic Electricity OR 5
ELT 110 Circuits I (5)
Select one of the following two options:
  (EET 154 Electrical Construction I AND
  EET 155 Electrical Construction I Lab) OR
  (EET 254 Electrical Construction AND
  EET 255 Electrical Construction Lab)
4-7
Technical Electives 5
Total Credits 14-17

*Other prerequisites may be required. Some courses may require college placement exams.

CERTIFICATE IN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS TECHNICIAN LEVEL 1

As a part of the Electrical Technology program, a career as an Industrial Automation and Robotics Technician involves building, installing, testing, or maintaining robotic equipment or related automated production systems. Length of program: 16 weeks or less. 

REQUIRED COURSES* Credit Hours
EET 119 Basic Electricity OR 5
ELT 110 Circuits I (5)
ELT 200 Robotics Systems I AND 2
ELT 201 Robotics Systems II OR 2
IMT 200 Industrial Robotis and Robotic Maintenance OR (4)
ELT 260 Robotics and Industrial Automation (5)
FPX 100 Fluid Power AND 3
FPX 101 Fluid Power Lab 2
Total Credits 14-15

*Other prerequisites may be required. Some courses may require college placement exams.

Engineering and Electronics Technology

Develop the technical skills you need to launch an exciting career as an electronics technician, telecommunications technician, power plant operator and many others. The program’s hands-on course work covers electronics, robotics, automation and more.

Who’s hiring? Companies like LG&E/KU are continually seeking employees with these skills.

CERTIFICATE IN ELECTRONICS TESTER

A career as an electronics tester involves performing a variety of electronic, mechanical and electromechanical tests on electronics systems to ensure proper functionality. Length of program: 16 weeks or less.

REQUIRED COURSES* Credit Hours
ELT 110 Circuits I 5
ELT 114 Circuits II (prerequisite - ELT 110) 5
ELT 120 Digital I 3
Total Credits 13

*Other prerequisites may be required. Some courses may require college placement exams.

CERTIFICATE IN INSTRUMENTATION TECHNICIAN

A career as an instrumentation technician involves ensuring the proper functionality of automated manufacturing equipment by testing, calibrating, installing, repairing and inspecting devices. Length of program: 16 weeks or less.

REQUIRED COURSES* Credit Hours
ELT 110 Circuits I or EET 119 Basic Electricity 5
ISM 102 Fundamentals of Instrumentation 4
ISM 210 Fundamentals of Process Control 4
Total Credits 13

*Other prerequisites may be required. Some courses may require college placement exams.

How do I get started?

Soldiers must have completed TAP Career Readiness Standards requirements, be within 180 days of separation/retirement, and have Commander approval to participate in a Career Skills Program.

STEPS TO SUCCESS

  1. Identify ETS Date

    Meet with CSP Installation Administrator Catherine Gentry 
    The Fort Knox Education Center 
    502-624-8246

  2. Apply to ECTC
    Tip: Write down your student ID number.
  3. Apply for Financial Aid
    Complete the FAFSA at fafsa.gov. ECTC’s school code is 001991.

    Complete the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship application at workreadykentucky.com. Because you will be participating in the program through Fort Knox, indicate that you will be a Kentucky resident on the application.
  4. Submit Transcripts
    Have your official high school transcript and/or any prior college or Joint Service transcripts sent to the ECTC Admissions Office, ectcadmissions@kctcs.edu, 600 College Street Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701.

    For high school transcripts, order at parchment.com.

    Any college transcripts can be ordered at studentclearinghouse.org.

    For Joint Service transcripts, order at jst.doded.mil/jst.

    The ECTC Records Office will evaluate all transcripts for any possible transfer credits.
  5. Submit Test Scores or Take Placement Exam
    Students may opt out of placement testing by providing acceptable placement scores or official college transcripts. To make a testing appointment, call the Fort Knox Assessment Center at 270-706-8858. Bring a picture ID and your student ID number to your appointment.
  6. Submit all Participation Documents
    To ensure all participation documentation is complete, contact CSP Installation Administrator Catherine Gentry, The Fort Knox Education Center, 502-624-8246, catherine.e.gentry4.ctr@mail.mil.
  7. Schedule your Classes
    To register for classes, contact Charity Johnson, ECTC CSP Coordinator, at 270-706-8811 or cjohnson0776@kctcs.edu

Experience Our Military Friendly College and Community

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As a Military Friendly college, ECTC’s Military and Veterans Center, Career Center, and Fort Knox campus are all ready to help you succeed.

The greater Fort Knox Region offers unlimited opportunities, with a welcoming community, thriving economy and partners who understand the unique needs of military families.

Learn more about the region and programs available to support your transition:

Contact Information

Catherine Gentry, CSP Installation Administrator
The Fort Knox Education Center
502-624-8246 
catherine.e.gentry4.ctr@mail.mil
 
Charity Johnson, CSP Coordinator
ECTC Fort Knox Education Center
270-706-8811
cjohnson0776@kctcs.edu