Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois


Workforce Training

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Forklift Operator Training
forklift training
(.5 Credits) This course will help you become knowledgeable in powered industrial truck (forklift) operation. You will gain valuable knowledge and the skills required to operate a lift truck in a correct and professional manner. O.S.H.A. requires anyone who operates a powered industrial truck to be trained and authorized. Have you been trained?  Note: to become an “Authorized” or qualified operator, the owner of the forklift must also evaluate you “on-site”. Participants will learn:  O.S.H.A. 29CFR 1910.178(1) regulations; Aspects of lift truck operation; Pre Operation inspection, of work area and truck; Recommended handling procedures and load handling; Fueling procedures Gas, Diesel, and Electric.  Students will be required to demonstrate practical lift truck operation skills. Trucks covered are, ITA (Industrial Truck Association) Class 1,2,3,4, and 5. For more information, please contact: or (815) 568-0061.

ISH 025 RFD                Nissan Staff                            $150
3/14                         F  8:00 am-4:30 pm       1 Session
NISSAN FORKLIFT              240 N. Prospect St., Marengo
ISH 025 RFD2              Nissan Staff                           $150         
4/25                         F  8:00 am-4:30 pm       1 Session
NISSAN FORKLIFT              240 N. Prospect St., Marengo
ISH 025 RFD3              Nissan Staff                           $150
5/16                         F  8:00 am-4:30 pm       1 Session
NISSAN FORKLIFT              240 N. Prospect St., Marengo
ISH 025 RFD4              Nissan Staff                           $150
6/20                         F  8:00 am-4:30 pm       1 Session
NISSAN FORKLIFT              240 N. Prospect St., Marengo

US EPA Approved Refrigerant Handling Seminar with Certification
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(.5 Credits) This course is a two-session preparation for the EPA Refrigerant Handling Exam for stationary refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and will cover Types I, II, and III. This course will meet worker certification requirements, and demonstrate how and why to use capture and recovery equipment. Students will review rules and regulations regarding Freon handling, learn how to properly service equipment, learn to use recovery equipment and discuss refrigerant types and basic refrigeration as it applies to the test and safety issues. 

NOTE: The EPA-approved exam will be given at the third session. You must pass the exam to receive refrigerant handling certification. Anyone who vents Freon into the atmosphere will require certification training to be in compliance with the Federal Clean Air Act including line workers, service technicians, production personnel, union members, supervisors, managers and owners.
MEC 056 BLL                 Stuart Berg                                 $90               
3/26-4/9                    W 6:00 -9:00 pm           3 Sessions
BELL SCHOOL ROAD CTR 3350 N. Bell School Rd. Room 002

EPA Certification - Test Only
This is the third session of the EPA Certification Preparation course. If you are registered for MEC 056, you are automatically registered for the exam. This is the exam only, and does not include course or study guide. If you already have an EPA card but want to take an additional part of the exam, please bring your current EPA card to the exam.
OST 007 BLL                  Proctor                                      $30
4/9                            W 6:00 -9:00 pm           1 Session
BELL SCHOOL ROAD CTR 3350 Bell School Rd.    Room 002 

Automation Skills (CNC ) 
Training for Machine Tooling Technician Certificate #6116

This non-transfer certificate provides entry-level training and develops job-skills for sophisticated computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools with emphasis on safety, productivity and quality. The certificate program consists of a series of six classes taught by industry professionals-. Graduates are prepared to perform tasks in a manufacturing production environment related to CNC machine setup and operation/ programming. A certificate may be acquired after successful completion- of six core courses for a minimum of 15 credit hours (216 hours).

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 Integrated Systems Technology Program

Controls Technician

What is Integrated Systems Technology? The IST program cross-trains individuals in electrical, electronic and mechanical systems. Students acquire entry-level knowledge of operating, troubleshooting and maintaining the high-tech equipment found in today’s manufacturing environments. Topics covered include electricity, programmable logic controllers (PLC), pneumatics, hydraulics and mechanical systems. This approach allows students to develop skills in multiple areas, rather than one specific skill. For more information call John Jamont at (815) 921-3026.

Introduction to Electrical Control Circuits
(3 Credits) This course is intended for individuals who require fundamental electrical knowledge. Topics studied include: under- standing alternating and direct current flow concepts, using hand held meters to take measurements in circuits, understanding the use/purpose of over voltage and over current circuit protection devices, the use/purpose of capacitive and inductive proximity sensors, and basic circuit analysis using Ohm’s Law. This course assumes the student has little or no experience with electrical circuits. No prerequisites.
IST 003 RV             John Jamont                  $299
2/10-5/12             M 5:30-9:30 pm  
12 Sessions 
Stenstrom Ctr 4151 Samuelson Rd.      Room 437
NO CLASS 3/10 & 4/14

Electrical Control Circuits II
(3 Credits) This course is a continuation of IST 003 and builds on the previously learned concepts. Topics studied include: three phase electricity, ladder logic electrical diagrams, single phase control transformers, control relays, on/off delay timers, manual and magnetic motor starters, induction three phase motors, and various input devices such as limit, pressure, and liquid level switches. Students wire multiple circuits over the duration of the course and are challenged with several troubleshooting exercises to locate defective components utilizing hand held multifunction meters and their observation of the symptoms exhibited. The malfunctions used for troubleshooting exercises are representative of typical “real-world” failures on these devices. PREREQUISITE: IST 003 or consent of instructor.
IST 004 RV             TBA                                   $299
2/12-5/14             Th 5:30-9:30 pm   
12 Sessions 
Stenstrom Ctr 4151 Samuelson Rd.       Room 437
NO CLASS 3/12 & 4/16

Pneumatics for the Integrated Systems Technologist
(3 Credits) This course is intended for individuals requiring an understanding of pneumatic components and/or systems for job tasks such as equipment maintenance, engineering support, equipment assembly or technical writing. Topics will included pneumatic schematics, flow control valves, directional control valves, check valves, speed control, single/double-acting cylinders, air filtration and lubrication.
IST 010 RV             TBA                                 $299
2/13-5/15             Th 5:30-9:30 pm  12 Sessions
Stenstrom Ctr  4151 Samuelson Rd.     Room 441
NO CLASS 3/13 & 4/17

Introduction to Programming the Allen-Bradley SlC 500 Series Programmable Logic Controller (PlC)
(3 Credits) This class familiarizes a student with the purpose of PLC’s and how they operate. Topics of coverage include interfacing input/ output devices, understanding relay ladder logic diagrams, development of programs and troubleshooting. PREREQUISITE: IST 004 or consent of instructor.
IST 006 RV            MIke Medina                   $299
2/12-5/14            W 5:30-9:30 pm    
12 Sessions 
Stenstrom Ctr 4151 Samuelson Rd.      Room 443
NO CLASS 3/12 & 4/16

Intro to Mechanical Drive Systems
(3 Credits) This course acquaints students with the procedures necessary to install and align mechanical assemblies used to transmit power. Students will understand the fundamentals of chain drive systems, spur gear drive systems, belt drive systems and the importance of proper alignment of components utilized in mechanical drive systems.
IST 015 RV           TBA                                    $299
9/18-12/11          W 5:30-9:30 pm    
12 Sessions 
Stenstrom Ctr 4151 Samuelson Rd.      Room 437
NO CLASS 3/13 & 4/17