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Teacher Professional Development - SCECHs Online  

Thompson M-TEC partnered with ed2go to offer a convenient online way to earn hours toward your Michigan K-12 Certificate renewal. Each course is six weeks in length, consisting of two lessons per week, followed by a final exam. Satisfactory completion of all requirements will earn you 24 SCECHs. See our list of available online classes at

Teacher Professional Development - Traditional Classroom Setting

Thompson M-TEC now offers SCECHs as traditional hands-on training at Careerline Tech Center. See class list below for more details.

For more information or to enroll email us or call: 616-738-8935 

Basic Electrical for HVAC/R

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Course format: Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Spring/Summer 2017:  6/19/17 to 6/23/17
Schedule:  Monday through Friday; 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Cost:  $578 (Tuition $354 + Textbook $224)
(Textbook purchase is for the complete HVACR program)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center

Basic Electrical for HVAC/R focuses on concepts and practice on electrical systems on furnaces, refrigerators, air conditioners and commercial refrigeration systems. Students will receive instruction on how electricity is received to the facility or residence including AC and DC currents, how to measure electrical power, and how to calculate and apply electrical formulas. The instructor will review how to read an electrical diagram, lockout/tagout rules and procedures, as well as personal protective equipment. Coverage of proper wiring procedures will include causes of most electrical problems and how to repair them

Basic Machine Shop

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Format:  Traditional/Lab
Semester:  Winter 2017:  1/4/17 to 3/29/17
Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday; 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Semester:  Spring/Summer 2017:  4/10/17 to 7/12/17
Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday; 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:  $1015 (Tuition $913 + Textbook $102)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center

Acquire essential hands-on experience in the proper operation of tool room equipment found in many manufacturing environments, such as milling machines, lathes, and drill presses. Students will also learn about precision measurement equipment, blueprint reading, shop mathematics, properties of metals and many formulas and setups that can be used on the job. Course limited to 10 students.  Offers articulated college credit.

CNC G-Code Programming

Format:  Traditional/Lab
Semester:  Spring/Summer 2017:  5/8/17 to 6/28/17‚Äč
Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday; 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost:  $745 (Tuition $632 + Textbook $113)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center

Prerequisite:  Basic Machine Shop or test out at M-TEC. 
Computers in Manufacturing Assessment at M-TEC (no charge); if less than 80% student should take Computers in Manufacturing course ($95).

This course instructs students on how to program and produce parts on the CNC mill and lathe using G-code and conversational programming. Students will learn through both immersive virtual training software and hands-on experience with Hass Mazak Milltronics machining centers. Students completing this program will qualify for entry-level CNC positions. If a student has prior experience in basic machining and instructor approval, they may opt out of the basic machining. Class limited to 10 students. Offers articulated college credit

Mastercam Fundamentals

Format:  Traditional/Lab
Semester:  Winter 2017: 2/27/17 to 4/24/17
Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday; 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost:  $700 (Tuition $596 + Textbook $104) 
Location:  Careerline Tech Center

Prerequisite: Computers in Manufacturing Assessment at M-TEC (no charge); if less than 80% student should take Computers in Manufacturing course ($95)

Expand your CNC programming efficiency and capability with Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM). Mastercam software will be used for instruction on CAD geometry creation and toolpathing. Basic mill toolpaths including contouring, drilling, pocketing, and engraving will be taught. Learn to create geometry, toolpaths, and verify a part using Mastercam software.

Robotic Operation and Programming

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Format:  Traditional/Lab 
Semester:  Spring 2017:  2/28/17 to 3/30/17
Schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday; 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
Cost:  $917 (Tuition $727 + Textbook $191)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center

Prerequisite:  Computers in Manufacturing Assessment at M-TEC (no charge); if less than 80% student should take Computers in Manufacturing course ($95)

In this course, students will learn the tasks needed to set up and program a FANUC robot with Handling Tool Software Package. Students will gain hands-on experience using an LRMate 200IC robot as well as ROBOGUIDE simulation software. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: power up and jog the robot; recover from common program and robot faults; execute production operations; create, modify, and execute a material handling program; create and execute MACROs; monitor, force, and simulate input and output signals; backup and restore individual programs and files.

MIG/GMAW Welding

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Class Format:  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Spring 2017:  3/29/17 to 5/3/17
Schedule:  Wednesday; 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost:  $469 (Tuition $377 + Textbook $92)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Prerequisite: Basic welding experience

MIG/GMAW welding is a self-paced project-based 20-hour course that emphasizes personal instruction while students work with a variety of welding applications.  MIG/GMAW welding will include gas metal arc welding, troubleshooting and minor repair to MIG welder, basic principles pertaining to the MIG welding process; Butt, Lap and Tee welds in the flat position on various metal thicknesses, and introduction and limited practice on aluminum MIG.

TIG/TGAW Welding

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Class Format:  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2017:  2/15/17 to 3/15/17
Semester:  Spring/Summer 2017:  5/10/17 to 6/7/17
Schedule:  Wednesday; 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Cost:  $359 (Tuition $267 + Textbook $92)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Prerequisite:  Basic welding experience

TIG/GTAW welding will include basic principles pertaining to the TIG welding process, introduction to and practice on three alloys including aluminum, stainless steel, and cold rolled steel.  Course content is individualized to the student’s need for experience on TIG welding for professional and/or personal use.

Students should come prepared to weld the first night of class appropriately dressed in leather boots, pants (preferably cotton), and safety glasses.

Welding I

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Class Format: Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2017:
Session I - 1/3/17 to 1/31/17
Session II - 2/14/17 to 3/14/17
Schedule:  Tuesday; 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost:  $359 (Tuition $267 + $92)
Location:  Careerline Tech Center

Welding I is a 20-hour course that offers hands-on training in gas, arc, and oxyacetylene cutting welding processes.