Institution Name: St. Louis Community College

Point of Contact: Amy Sonderman, Coordinator, Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing

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Brief Description of Institution:  As the largest community college system in Missouri and the second largest institution of higher education in the state, St. Louis Community College (STLCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of transfer and career programs to more than 24,000 students in fields of study directly linked to regional prosperity – fields such as allied health, plant and life sciences, information technology, engineering technology and advanced manufacturing.

For more than 40 years, STLCC has directly supported the advanced manufacturing sector through cutting-edge programs for emerging, incumbent and transitional workers. The Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing ( ) opened in 2004 to build on this legacy and to enhance the college’s mission as a change agent for advanced manufacturing in this region. The Emerson Center features state-of-the-art laboratories for precision machining, additive manufacturing, robotics, PLCs and electronics fabrication, along with other engineering technology labs. Equipment highlights include a 5-axis machining center, a water jet cutter, a pick-and-place machine and a reflow oven for automated circuit board fabrication, several different 3D printing technologies and a 3D scanner.

The Engineering and Technology department has manufacturing-related degree programs in Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Computer Aided Design, Mechanical Engineering Technology (ABET accredited), Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology (ABET accredited) and Precision Machining Technology (PMT).  The PMT 17 credit hour certificate program is offered in an accelerated format to have students job ready in one semester.  The students prepare to earn NAM endorsed National Institute for Metalworking Skills credentials by spending 28+ hours a week in classroom and lab activities.  The department also provides training for industry and supports K-12 activities related to STEM careers. The department phone number is 314-513-4308.

The college also is home to the Workforce Solutions Group, which serves another 55,000 students through corporate training, community-based job training, and continuing education. This unit is one of the largest providers of training and consulting services in the St. Louis metro area, offering manufacturing-related focus areas such as Lean Transformations, Leadership Development, Safety, Strategic Talent Development, Industrial Maintenance Training and Programmable Logic Control Training. For more information on contract training and consulting services, contact Don Robison at 314-539-5305.


Manufacturing Programs Offered: 

Program Course Name Certification(s) Delivered Credit/Non-Credit
Precision Machining Technology Measurement, Materials and Safety NIMS Measurement, Materials and Safety Credit
Job Planning, Benchwork and Layout
Mechanical Blueprint Reading NIMS Job Planning Benchwork and Layout
Manual Machining I NIMS Milling, Grinding and Drill Press Level I Certifications
Manual Machining II NIMS Turning Between Centers and Chucking Level I Certifications
Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining NIMS CNC Milling Programming Setup and Operations
Certified Production Technician Safety in Manufacturing MSSC Safety Non-credit; On demand
Quality Practices and Measurement in Manufacturing MSSC Quality Practices and Measurement
Processes and Production in Manufacturing MSSC Processes and Production
Maintenance Awareness in Manufacturing MSSC Maintenance Awareness*
Certified Logistics Technician Logistics Associate MSSC Certified Logistics Associate Non-Credit**;
On demand
Logistics Technician MSSC Certifed Logisitics Technician

*When all four assessments are completed, the Certified Production Technician is awarded by MSSC.

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