ABCS Partners with Purdue Cal and Project AWAKE


A substantive number of ABCS’s field service staff are Navy trained and certified. Our continued support for military personnel has influenced our decision to partner with Purdue Calumet’s College of Technology’s Project AWAKE program. Project AWAKE is a local workforce development initiative that is funded by the Department of Labor.

AWAKE, which stands for Assisting Workforce by Advancing Knowledge for Employment, provides no cost technical training to military veterans, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)-eligible displaced workers, and the underemployed/unemployed.

The 21-week program provides students the opportunity to obtain industry-recognized certifications as endorsed by the United States DOL. The certifications, part of the Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) Mechatronics certification, focus on industrial electricity, PLCs and mechanical components

The Mechanical component of the programs includes instruction in blueprint reading, mechanical drives, power transmissions and shafts, machine elements, and technical drawing and CAD. The Electrical component encompasses AC and DC power systems, rotating machinery, control system wiring, and raceways and conduits. The Programmable Logic Controls component introduces PLC logic, basic control elements and systems, and process control systems.

Graduates can then put these skills to work as Mechatronics Technician or Industrial Machinery Mechanic. Students can also earn up to 9 hours of college credit toward Associate Degrees at Ivy Tech Community College.

We are excited about this opportunity to support our military veterans and are looking forward to how this program will benefit our business.

More information about Project AWAKE can be found at


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