Above: Students in AC’s Industrial Technology program work on a water distribution system they designed as their final project. The students graduated Friday.

Human resources directors working with local industries might want to take note that nine students completed a two-year course in Industrial Technology at Amarillo College Moore County Campus and are ready to dive into skilled jobs. The students graduated Friday, six of them receiving associate degrees in Industrial Technology, and three receiving advanced certificates.

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The students worked on a final project right up to the day of graduation, testing a water distribution system they designed and built, which models the engineering cities use to move water from towers to consumers. In that final project, the students applied all the skills they learned during the two-year program.

“They built everything from scratch,” James Finchum, the instructor, said. “They started at the beginning of the spring semester, and the goal was to incorporate every discipline that has been a part of the program.”

During their two years of instruction, the students took classes in electrical theory, power distribution, telecommunications, welding and instrumentation. The program allows them to pick an area of study such as wind, solar, instrumentation, industrial maintenance and HVAC.

One of the students, Jube Mendoza, said he plans to apply for a job at Valero or Phillips 66.

“I gained a lot of knowledge at AC,” Mendoza said. “We have a strong understanding of how instruments work, and that’s given me a lot of confidence to go out and get a job in this field.”

Registration has started for the Fall 2016 classes, which begin Aug. 22, and financial aid is available for those who qualify. For more information, call Danielle Arias at 806-379-2726. Or you can go to the campus at 115 Success Blvd. at the Moore County Career and Technical Training Center on the north side of Dumas.