Industry professionals join MAMC workforce team

The Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center (MAMC) has added two instructors to its expanding career skills training programs.

Layden Mantle of Huntington has joined MAMC as advanced manufacturing industrial instructor. He is helping curriculum for the new SMART (systems maintenance, automation and robotics technology) Program that MAMC will launch in fall 2024 in partnership with Mountwest Community and Technical College. Mantle will serve as an instructor for the new program, in which students will earn industry certifications and associate degrees.

He most recently worked as a field service engineer at Archaea Energy in Ashland, Ky. The Kentucky native previously served as an instrumentation technician at Valvoline. A graduate of Paul Blazer High School in Ashland, Mantle earned a degree in electrical technology from Ashland Community and Technical College.

A familiar face is returning to MAMC. Kurt Zabel of Huntington is the newest machinist technology instructor for MAMC’s Machinist Technology/CNC Program, also offered in partnership with Mountwest.

A 2021 graduate of the hands-on, nationally recognized program, Zabel earned his associate degree and multiple credentials from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) while he completed the MAMC program. Zabel most recently worked as a CNC machinist at FLSmidth in Winfield. Before that he worked at Level 1 Fasteners in Huntington. Zabel is a graduate of Huntington East High School.

Because of growing industry demand, MAMC has expanded its machinist and welding programs and is developing the SMART Program to meet the pressing needs of area manufacturers, said Derek Scarbro, MAMC director. Further expansion of MAMC’s industry-focused programs is expected in 2024.

Nov. 30, 2023

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