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Sussex Offers Programs to Support the State Infrastructure Bill

12/2/2021 3:03:11 PM

New Jersey's state and local projects, funded by the $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill, will mean a need for an increase in skilled workers, and Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is prepared to meet the demand.

With infrastructure plans pending for rebuilding New Jersey's roads and bridges, upgrading water systems, and reconstituting the electric grid, SCCC is training students in many of the skills that will be required to fill these new jobs.

"The components of the federal funding still need to be fleshed out, but we believe that many of our students and graduates will ultimately benefit," said Dr. Jon Connolly, President of SCCC. "We look forward to being able to expand our reach to the community and to offer degrees that support these jobs in the future."

The College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Welding where students develop proficiency in various welding processes and learn metallurgy, inspection, and both destructive and non-destructive testing. This degree will prove to be essential with the rebuilding of bridges.

Almost all projects in the infrastructure funding bill will need machine tool technicians, whether machine operators, maintenance machinists, or quality control inspectors. SCCC has an expanded Machine Tool Technology program that teaches advanced skills in planning, designing, producing CAD prints, and setting up and operating machine tools to make precision parts.

Graduates of the Machine Tool Technology program will be qualified for entry-level jobs in industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights. In addition, there are career opportunities in construction, manufacturing, fabrication, quality control, and supervision.

Two additional professions that will see an increase in employment opportunities are automotive and diesel technicians. As state and local projects get underway, job site supply demands will increase as well as workers commuting to these locations. This will bring a new demand and SCCC's Automotive Service Technology and Diesel Service Technology programs will graduate students to help support these areas.

For more information about these technical career opportunities and other details at Sussex, visit sussex.edu/admissions or call Admissions at 973.300.2223. 

Pictured left to right: Students learn skills in the Diesel Technology, Machine Tool Technology, and Welding programs at SCCC.