Classes Starting this Month to Train for Pratt & Whitney




A-B Tech’s Advanced Manufacturing Center will run two classes starting in January that can lead to a job at Pratt & Whitney’s turbine airfoil production facility being built in Asheville and scheduled to open in early 2022.

Pratt & Whitney has endorsed both short-term training programs. Completers of these programs will be guaranteed an interview. A-B Tech has scholarship money available that could make the programs free.

Machining Fundamentals will start Jan. 25 and will last for 15 weeks. There is a day class option running from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or evening from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. Both options meet Monday through Thursday. Students will work hands-on with actual equipment to learn basic automated machining. Additional course topics include an introduction to CNC machining, shop safety, blueprint reading, shop math, Lean Manufacturing principles, teamwork, and problem-solving.

The Certified Production Technician starting Jan. 11 is an eight-week course as an online hybrid course. There will be scheduled online instruction with self-paced course work.  It will cover safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing and production processes, and maintenance awareness. This course prepares students to pass the four exams required to receive the Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification.

More information about the Pratt & Whitney program can be found at our website.

To apply for financial assistance and get help registering for classes contact:

Betsy Carr, Advanced Manufacturing Center Coordinator

• Email: elizabethjcarr@abtech.edu

• Phone: (828) 398-7295

Leigh Bennett, Economic & Workforce Development Specialist

• Email: leighbennett@abtech.edu

• Phone: (828) 398-7760

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