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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.

Computerized Manufacturing and Machining

Develop the skills needed to set up and operate various machines by gaining knowledge of machine capabilities, the properties of materials, and shop practices.

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

CERTIFICATE IN EXPLORATORY MACHINING I

As part of the Computerized Manufacturing and Machining program, a certificate in Exploratory Machining I involves adjusting machines, verifying the accuracy of machine functions and finishing products. Length of program: 16 weeks or less.

REQUIRED COURSES* Credit Hours
Select one of the following five options:
  (CMM 110 Fundamentals of Machine Tools A AND
  CMM 112 Fundamentals of Machine Tools B) OR
  CMM 114 Fundamentals of Machine Tools OR
  (CMM 130 Manual Programming AND
  CMM 132 CAD/CAM/CNC) OR
  CMM 134 Manual Programming CAD/CAM/CNC OR
  CMM 138 Intro. to Programming and CNC Machines
6
Technical or General Education Electives 5-6
Total Credits 11-12

*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
Select one of the following two options:
  EET 119 Basic Electricity OR
  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
Select one of the following two options:
  EET 119 Basic Electricity OR
  ELT 110 Circuits I
5
Select one of the following three options:
  (ELT 200 Robotics Systems I AND
  ELT 201 Robotics Systems II) OR
  IMT 200 Industrial Robotics and Robotic Maintenance OR
  ELT 260 Robotics and Industrial Automation
4-5
FPX 100 Fluid Power AND
FPX 101 Fluid Power Lab
5
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.

Welding Technology

Learn various techniques and skills needed to be successful in the high-demand field of welding. Gain hands-on, practical experience in joining, surfacing and repairing weldable structures that will lead to lucrative career.

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

CERTIFICATE IN GAS METAL ARC WELDER

As a part of the Welding Technology Program, Gas Metal Arc Welder involves joining metals by applying intense heat from a gas or electric source to melt metal to form a permanent bond with or without the use of filler metals. Length of program: 16 weeks or less.

REQUIRED COURSES* Credit Hours
WLD 140 Gas Metal Arc Welding AND
WLD 141 Gas Metal Arc Welding Fillet Lab
5
WLD 110 Cutting Processes AND
WLD 111 Cutting Processes Lab
5
WLD 143 Gas Metal Arc Welding Groove Lab 3
WLD 170 Blueprint Reading for Welding AND
WLD 171 Blueprint Reading for Welding Lab
5
Total Credits 18

*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 Army CSP Installation Administrator Tara Ferguson
    Graham Hall Bldg 1378, Room 022
    502-624-8246
    tara.r.ferguson1.ctr@army.mil
  2. Apply to ECTC
    Contact Craig Johnson, ECTC CSP Coordinator, for class dates.
    270-706-8811, cjohnson0864@kctcs.edu

    Visit elizabethtown.kctcs.edu and click on “Start your application”

    Write down Student ID Number
  3. Apply for Financial Aid
    Complete the FAFSA at fafsa.gov; ECTC school code 001991.

    Complete Work Ready Scholarship application at workreadykentucky.com.

    Since you will be participating in the program through Fort Knox, please indicate that you will be a "Kentucky Resident" on the application.
  4. Submit Transcripts
    Admissions Office - ectcadmissions@kctcs.edu, 600 College Street Rd., Elizabethtown, KY 42701

    Please submit official high school transcript and/or any prior college or Joint Service Transcripts.
    Order Online
    High School: parchment.com
    College: studentclearinghouse.org

  5. Submit Test Scores or Take Placement Exam
    Students may opt out of placement testing by providing acceptable placement scores or official college transcripts.

    ECTC Main Campus Assessment Center RPC room 129
    Email for Appointment: ELtesting@kctcs.edu

    Provide Student ID. Confirmation Email will be sent or call 270-706-8492; Bring picture ID and Student ID Number
  6. Submit All Participation Documents
    Army CSP Installation Administrator:
    Tara Ferguson
    Graham Hall Bldg 1378, Room 022
    502-624-8246,
    tara.r.ferguson1.ctr@army.mil
  7. Schedule an Appointment
    Meet with Craig Johnson, ECTC CSP Coordinator to register for classes.
    31 Warehouse St. Bldg 65, Rm 203
    270-706-8811
    cjohnson0864@kctcs.edu

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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

Tara Ferguson, CSP Installation Administrator
The Fort Knox Education Center
502-624-8246
tara.r.ferguson1.ctr@army.mil
 
Craig Johnson, Career Skills Program Coordinator at ECTC Fort Knox Campus
ECTC Fort Knox Education Center
270-706-8811
cjohnson0864@kctcs.edu