If you ever wanted to operate those fancy, sci-fi looking robot arms that you see in manufacturing facilities, now’s your chance. 

Centralia College is offering Washington State’s very first FANUC Certified Education Robot Training (CERT) program, providing the necessary skills to operate FANUC robots used in industrial settings.

“Students who complete the FANUC CERT program are qualified to operate FANUC robots across a wide range of settings,” explained Dan Whalen, FANUC certification instructor and teacher in Centralia College’s Electronics, Robotics and Automation program. “FANUC is the standard for industries that use robots. A FANUC certification is an invaluable tool when searching for employment in industrial and automation settings.”

The certification, which is the first and only of its kind in Washington, can be completed within a single academic quarter. And future plans call for condensed week-long classes to accommodate varying schedules.

According to the college, the certification is part of an overall restructuring of Centralia College’s Electronics, Robotics and Automation program over the last six months. Classes will now be taken in a newly remodeled robotics lab in Kemp Hall showcases FANUC and other robots and workstations that students use for hands-on learning.