Brooks Regional Center
for Career and Technical Education
The Brooks Regional Center provides technical education and workforce training in the areas of welding and machining through a cooperative program between Hutchinson Community College and USD 373.
This program prepares students for entry into machining careers. Machinists produce customized, precision components for machinery. Students learn to read blueprints, utilize precision measurement tools, and operate machine tools, including drilling machines, lathes, milling machines, saws, grinders, and computer-controlled machines.
What make this program unique? Students learn to apply the manual and computer-controlled machining skills required in manufacturing. To prepare students for employment, emphasis includes both quality of work and time efficiency.
Machine technology is offered in cooperation with USD 373 in Newton at the Brook Regional Center. An advisory board of industry members meets regularly to provide direction for this program, ensuring that students receive the education needed to prepare for the entry into the workforce.
This program prepares students to become metal welders and fabricators. Students apply principles of math, metallurgy and electricity to manufacturing processes.
What make this program unique? Students learn to apply the welding skills required in manufacturing. To prepare students for employment, emphasis includes both quality of work and time efficiency.
The welding program is offered in cooperation with USD 373 in Newton at the Brook Regional Center. Students use equipment that is continually updated to keep pace with industry including computer-aided machinery.
An advisory board of industry members meets regularly to provide direction for this program, ensuring that students receive the education needed to prepare for the entry into the workforce.
The welding program is also a national American Welding Society SENSE certified school. Students have the option of certifying in a national program.
Students in the welding and machine technology programs have the option of enrolling as a full-time or part-time student. Full-time students attend the program Monday through Friday from 7:55 a.m. to 3:05 p. m. and generally complete the certificate program in nine months to one year. Part-time students have the option of attending classes in either the morning or the afternoon. Morning classes run from 8:55 a.m. to 11:20 p.m. while afternoon students attend from 11:55 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Students in the par-time program complete their certificate in four semesters.
Associate of Applied Science
While an associate’s degree is not needed for students to enter the workforce, it is often beneficial for students to have if they are interested in growing in the profession into positions such as shop manager or supervisor.
Both full-time and part-time students have the opportunity to complete an additional 32 hours of credit beyond the certificate level to receive and Associate in Applied Science in Machine Technology or Welding. Classes or the AAS degree may be taken at the HCC-Newton Center.
Evening classes are held at the Brooks Regional Center for those students interested in learning about welding or machining. These classes do not lead toward any type of certificate or certification. They are typically held in 3 hour blocks twice a week and students can earn 1 – 1.5 credits. Please contact the HCC-Newton Center (316-283-7000) for each semester’s schedule.