NORWALK — U.S. Amada has agreed to provide Cerritos College with the use of about $10-million worth of high-tech equipment and a 50,000-square-foot "hands-on" training facility in Santa Fe Springs for vocational training in metalworking and robotics.
The company also will provide the college with additional classroom space in Buena Park.
U.S. Amada is a California subsidiary of a Japanese manufacturer of metalworking machines.
The college will begin offering the course in the fall. The sheet metal fabrication process uses computer-controlled machinery that is employed in industry in conjunction with robots, according to Randy Peebles, associate dean of technology at the college.
"There is a very large demand for students trained in this technology," Peebles said. "A student with a certificate can walk right into a job."
Peebles said that the entry-level salary for a student with no experience would be about $8 to $10 an hour, and that the technology is used in all types of manufacturing.