Everett Community College has announced plans for a $2.5 million expansion of its Advanced Manufacturing Training &Education Center.
The expansion will add 17,000-square-feet to the center, called AMTEC, which is home to the college’s precision machining, welding and fabrication, engineering technician, composites and pre-employment programs.
The new space includes eight classrooms and a lab for EvCC’s new mechatronics technician program. Construction is scheduled to start in April.
The center opened just a year ago and is located in a former warehouse at 909 N. Broadway. The expansion will increase space in the front third of the building, occupied by the business office of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.
Since opening, the center has trained 1,056 students for high-demand jobs in manufacturing and aerospace. Enrollment in AMTEC programs increased 15 percent during the center’s first year.
The expansion is scheduled to be open for classes next fall, which is also when the first mechatronics technician classes will be offered. Mechatronics technicians install, maintain and repair industrial equipment.
EvCC’s program will train technicians in robotics, electrical, mechanical, programming, welding, hydraulics, programmable logic controls and fabrication.
EvCC’s Board of Trustees on Sept. 15 unanimously approved funding for the expansion.
AMTEC serves more than 200 manufacturing industry employers in Snohomish County.
The center teaches students about the manufacturing process from start to finish. Classes include key workplace skills such as using teamwork in diverse groups, applying knowledge to real-world settings, developing critical thinking related to advanced manufacturing technology and communicating from global perspectives.
To learn more, go to www.everettcc.edu/AMTEC.