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Continuing Education

Manufacturing Technology     

Management Systems Auditor Training Course

Today’s management systems are made up of more than just quality requirements (ISO 9001/13485, etc.).  Additional integrated system requirements include environmental (EPA/ISO 14001), health and safety (OSHA/OHSAS 18001), FDA cGMP’s, customer agreements and others. This course, presented by the American Society for Quality Blue Ridge Section, in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College Continuing Education, is designed for: new and current Internal Auditors, Audit Team Leaders, Audit Program Managers, CQAs, CQEs, CMQ/OEs, RABQSA Auditors, IRCA Auditors, supply chain personnel, Risk Managers, Improvement Managers, EHS Managers, and other individuals interested in improving their auditing knowledge and skills.  Topics include: audit fundamentals; auditor competencies; making sense of integrated management systems; the six stages of a professional audit; auditor communication and conflict resolution skills; quality tools and techniques auditors need to know. Note: For those interested in preparing for the ASQ Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) examination in December 2014, or June or December 2015, the course covers the following areas in the CQA Body of Knowledge: Audit Fundamentals, Audit Process, Quality Tools and Techniques.

Meets: Monday & Tuesday, Oct 27-28, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, BRCC Plecker Center
Fee: $385 for ASQ members; $485 for non‐members (includes comprehensive training manual, handouts and certificate); 1.6 RU’s awarded
Instructor: Terry Burns, ASQ Fellow, CQA, CQE, IRCA QMS Principal Auditor
Mr. Burns is the Principal for Burns & Associates, Inc. With more than 25 years of experience as a management systems consultant and professional auditor, Mr. Burns has been training management system auditors since 1992. For information on the course, contact Terry Burns at 804-379-8470 or email him
To Register: Call 540-453-2215 or email us
Note: Class size is limited to the first 14 paid registrations

Electronics Soldering Training Program

Looking for short-term, career training that can lead to a job in the high-tech electronics industry? Learn about Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and high reliability soldering of electronic circuit boards used in products in the aerospace, defense, and telecommunications industries. BRCC’s new Electronics Soldering program was developed in response to local industry requests. Summer classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 10 pm and Fall classes meet Mondays & Wednesdays, 5 - 9 pm in the BRCC Technology Building, Room T212. Instructor: Jim Richerson

The complete 10-week program consists of three courses.  Take one, two, or all three!
Part 1:  Introduction to Electronics Soldering
Meets: Four sessions
(#62372) Sep 22-Oct 1, 5-9 pm
Fee: $399

Part 2:  IPC-A-610 - Certified IPC Specialist Training
Meets: Five sessions
(#62374) Oct 6-20 5-9 pm
Fee: $699

Part 3:  J-STD-001 - Certified IPC Specialist Training
Meets: Nine sessions
(#62375) Oct 27-Nov 24, 5-9 pm
Fee: $1099

Note: Since these courses do not carry college credit, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form does not apply. Information on financial assistance >>

Introduction to 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping NEW!

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is becoming more widespread in all types of manufacturing, both for rapid prototyping as well as actual production. As the costs for this technology continue to drop, many companies are asking “Is 3D Printing right for us?” This two-hour session provides an overview of this technology and how it can benefit your company. Attendees may send a .STL or .SLDPRT file of a part they would like to have printed (maximum part dimensions: 10” x 10” x 12”). Call 540/453-2215 for instructions on sending part files.

Meets: One Friday, Oct 17, 10 am – noon, BRCC Technology Building, T110
Instructor: Jonathan Brumfield
Fee: $49

Online Classes

Manufacturing Applications

Increase efficiencies and productivity by learning to apply the principles and concepts of manufacturing.
$99. Visit to register.

Manufacturing Fundamentals

Learn the basic skills required to work in the manufacturing field. 
$99. Visit to register.

Supply Chain Management Fundamentals

Master the fundamentals of supply chain management and prepare for internationally recognized certification examinations.
$99. Visit to register.