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Twenty-Nine Motlow College grads attain certification in Siemens Mechatronic Systems

June 24, 2013

Twenty-nine Motlow College students who graduated from the college with certificates in mechatronics technology this spring passed the Siemens Mechatronics Level 1 Certificate Exam, according to Fred Rascoe, director of career readiness and an assistant professor of mechatronics at the college.

"We are very pleased that all of our students passed the Siemens exam," Rascoe said. "It is a testimony to the level of commitment and exceptional knowledge of our instructors, and the determination and commitment of our students. I am very proud of both the students and instructors Larry Flatt, Dr. Khalid Tantawi, Paul Sand and Shane Buchanan. Their desire to make Motlow's Mechatronics Program one of the best in the state, if not the U.S., is exceptional."

Those who passed the exam and earned the status of Certified Siemens Mechatronics System Assistants are Eric Brown of Lynchburg; Stephen Stanley of Antioch; Michael Chrisman of Bell Buckle; Jonathan Massengill of Christiana; Josh Watson of Decherd; Joseph Agostino and Austin Pemberton, both of Franklin; Brett Steigerwaldt of Hermitage;

Mike Avery, Larry Gipson and Chris McPheron, all of Manchester; Darrell Cook, Dustin Rhea, Garrett Walker and Johnny Wannamaker, all of McMinnville; Ben Beckman of Milton; Chandler Logan of Morrison;

Jake Jocobs, Mahn Le, Marvin Spears, Jesse Wade and Joel West, all of Murfreesboro; Dakota Myers of Rock Island; Michael Blalock of Shelbyville; Joseph King and Shane Lowe, both of Smyrna; and Jim Gray, Jeff Green and Teddy Stockton, all of Sparta.

Rascoe said mechatronics includes mechanical, electrical, and computerized technologies that form systems used by many industries, and that workers with the skills to maintain and repair the systems are in high demand.

According to the Siemens website, There is "a clear need for a comprehensive Mechatronic Systems certification that incorporates international industry standards," and "Companies from major automotive manufacturers to steelmakers have started to demand SMSCP [Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program] certifications for their employees and applicants."

Mechatronics is offered at Motlow's McMinnville Center, at Bridgestone in LaVergne, as a dual enrollment program at Warren County High School, and as a dual enrollment program for Oakland High School students at the Bridgestone lab. Students also can complete an associate's degree with a concentration in mechatronics technology at Motlow.