Amtek Company Certification Workshops

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Amtek Company Certification Workshops

Get Up to Speed on the Latest Industry Certifications Taught in the Classroom

Join us Wednesday, October 16 - Thursday, October 17 at New River Community College (Christiansburg/Mall and Dublin campuses) as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary with a series of workshops that offer hands-on training surrounding the latest industry certifications. These workshops will cover a variety of STEM and CTE disciplines, including:

  • 3D printing
  • cybersecurity
  • robotics
  • mechatronics
  • Industry 4.0
  • CNC machining
  • cybersecurity
  • logistics and warehouse management
  • automotive technology
  • welding
  • heavy equipment machinery
  • PBL for wide format printing
  • CAD software

View the full schedule of events below. Select the training you wish to attend a la carte to build a 1/2-day, full-day, or multi-day agenda that suits your needs. Pricing is as follows:

  • ½-day $149
  • 1-day $249
  • 1.5-day $329
  • 2-day $399

Included with your registration is lunch, professional instruction, training materials, and a certificate of Professional Development hours completed + FREE ENTRY into Amtek Company's 40th Anniversary Celebration, a buffet dinner + open bar part Wednesday evening at The Farmhouse Christiansburg (details below). 

Schedule of Events


Christiansburg / Mall Campus

Hands-on Training with the New SOLIDWORKS xDesign and xShape for Education + SOLIDWORKS Certification 

Receive exclusive access to the new SOLIDWORKS xDesign and xShape for Education applications – two new cloud-based CAD design applications with built-in social collaboration platforms for a truly connected experience (think task assignment, commenting, feedback, etc.) available through any browser on any type of device (including MACs) with no installation necessary.

SOLIDWORKS xDesign is a series of design and collaboration apps that are native to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, allowing users to create 3D mechanical designs without the restriction of needing a CAD workstation. SOLIDWORKS xShape allows much faster and more flexible creation of freeform shapes than standard parametric surface modeling.

This workshop will also get you started on your way to becoming SOLIDWORKS Certified with an overview of the SOLIDWORKS Certification process, tips for becoming certified, and practice exercises to prepare you for the Certification Exam.

Digital Fabrication Project-Based Learning (PBL) Certification

Learn everything you need to teach digital fabrication in the classroom with PBL. In this interactive workshop led by Roland DGA experts, attendees will complete a series of hands-on PBL projects that cover the teaching principles of engineering, design, and art.

Not only will attendees become familiar with a variety of wide format printing systems, they will also walk away with two (2) projects that can be replicated in the classroom. The first project utilizes an LEF UV printer and a printer-cutter to create custom coasters and cardboard packaging that can be used as a coaster holder. The second project challenges attendees – in teams -- to create a package prototype for a custom printed T-shirt. The winning design’s team will receive Amazon gift cards.

All attendees will receive hands-on experience, an official Roland DGA Digital Fabrication PBL Certificate, and resources for digital fabrication PBL tutorials and curriculum.


Siemens + EMCO CNC Machining Certification

Led by experts from Siemens and EMCO, we'll explore basic-to-advanced CNC instruction and Siemens certification for education. Attendees will:

  • Learn about the Siemens Lifelong Educational Advantage Program (L.E.A.P.) and CNC machining certifications for students
  • Discover the capabilities of 5-axis CNC machining centers for educational environments
  • Test drive SINUMERIK CNC from Siemens and receive hands-on exposure to setting up and programming turning or milling jobs through Siemens’ user interfaces, ShopTurn and ShopMill
  • *note: this training is simulation only; there will be no hands-on training with a CNC machine as the primary focus is Siemens Certification

Dublin Campus

NOCTI Certification and FANUC Robots

Receive hands-on experience with FANUC Robots and learn how to certify your students so that they have the entry level core Robot Operator skills they need. This workshop will cover:

  • Robot programming, material handling and its components, and software for students
  • NOCTI Certification – the importance of certification, how schools can become NOCTI members, details on the certification exam, and more
  • Collaborative robots in education and industry
  • Overview of FANUC Certification Carts, including curriculum and software


American Welding Society (AWS) Certification 

This workshop will explore the emerging trend towards augmented reality welding trend as a way to offer a fully robust welding education while also cutting costs, eliminating wasted time in the classroom, creating safer learning environments, and accommodating a larger class size – all while preparing students to become American Welding Society (AWS) Certified. We will cover:

  • an overview of AWS Certifications
  • Tips for preparing students to complete AWS exams
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Cybersecurity Certification 



Amtek Company’s 40th Anniversary Celebration @ The Farmhouse Christiansburg

Please join us in celebrating our 40 years of working with educators with a buffet dinner and open bar at The Farmhouse Christiansburg (285 Ridinger St, Christiansburg, VA 24073). This dinner is FREE for anyone who attends one of Amtek’s Certification Workshops on October 16-17.



Christiansburg / Mall Campus

MakerBot Certification

Join us for a blended assessment based course that includes in-person and online training designed to help educators become 3D printing experts.

At our in-person training, you’ll learn how to setup and run your 3D printer successfully in the classroom as a MakerBot Operator. Follow this up with our online training course that gives you the confidence to create your own 3D printing lesson plans or projects as a MakerBot Curriculum Creator.

Become a MakerBot 3D printing expert. Learn how to setup and manage your 3D printer, create your first prints and troubleshoot common issues. We'll cover:

  • 3D printing technology & history
  • Printer (setup and usage) and essential parts
  • MakerBot Print
  • Thingiverse & 3D Modeling
  • Basic troubleshooting

ASE & NATEF Certification

This workshop focuses on ASE certification and how the AutoLAB program from LJ Create can help your students gain ASE certification. Attendees will:

  • Learn to give students a solid understanding of automotive technology and fault-finding techniques using practical training equipment, such as sectioned components, automotive electrics, troubleshooting trainers, and more
  • Receive hands-on training with a complete system of hardware and software resources used to teach automotive repair skills to NATEF standards (includes MLR, AST, and MAST)
  • Explore comprehensive curriculum resources that cover all the theory behind ASE’s Task List


Stratasys 3D Printing Certification

As a certification institution, you can prepare the workforce of tomorrow by offering a professional proficiency credential in additive manufacturing technologies, industries and applications, FDM and PolyJet materials, key technology specifications, design considerations from CAD to CAM, fabrication considerations and post-processing methods. 

At this workshop, led by experts from Stratasys, attendees will learn:

  • About the Stratasys Additive Manufacturing Certification Program and how to become an approved certification institution
  • How educators across disciplines are taking advantage of 3D printing, from Machine Tool to FabLabs to Business to Health Sciences
  • 3D printing applications for K-12, community college, and university educators
  • How additive manufacturing certifications are fundamentally changing workforce development in all industries

Dublin Campus

Mechatronics and Industry 4.0 Certification Workshop

Smart factories require highly trained technicians that can set up, operate and maintain all aspects of their systems. Receive hands-on experience and learn to provide mechatronics training that builds real-world skills for industrial careers of the future.

Experts from Amatrol, SACA and MSSC will join us with training systems that represent components of a fully connected and flexible manufacturing system that connects its physical systems, operational information, and human assets to control manufacturing, maintenance, inventory, and supply chain operations. Attendees will:

  • Learn about the latest Industry 4.0 trends and how to prepare students for the smart factories of the future
  • Receive hands-on experience with classroom / lab trainers that cover such learning topics as: Automation Operations; Introduction to PLCs; Basic PLC Programming; PLC Motor Control; PLC Counter and Timer Instructions; Sorting and Parts Storage; Sorting Module Operation; Parts Storage Operation; Flat Belt Conveyor Adjustment; Thru-Beam Photoelectric Adjustment; Sorting Module Sequencing; Multiple Station Operation
  • Discuss curriculum options packed with a breadth and depth of automation topics and skills

NCCER Certification for Heavy Equipment Operation

Expose your students to a possible career operating heavy equipment and set them on the path to high-paying jobs. Led by experts from SimLOG, this workshop:

  • Explores how Personal Simulators can provide a learning environment that encourages skills exploration, with students learning in a self-managed way
  • Covers NCCER’s (National Center for Construction Education & Research) Instructor Certification Training Program (ICTP)
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OSHA and NSC Certification for Forklift Operation and Logistics/Warehouse Management

Especially with the new Amazon HQ destined for Virginia, local educators are ramping up their training programs to support logistics and warehouse management, including forklift operation. Led by experts from SimLOG, this workshop:

  • Gives attendees experience with simulation modules that feature exercises for driving in reverse with tall loads, and five new “Loading Docks” modules to work with loads of different sizes in double rows, and stacked and unstacked, to maximize cube utilization.
  • Offers tips and tricks for safer operation practices and maximized productivity through simulated exercises conducted at the controls of real equipment
  • Covers the core skills needed to pass the practical exams for NSC (National Safety Council) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Certification