Trine University has launched its new Trine Center for Technical Training (TCTT) to
help northeast Indiana industries meet the need for skilled workers.
“The Trine Center for Technical Training serves individuals looking to skill up, high
schools looking to equip their students with industry-relevant training and businesses
seeking to provide workers the latest skills,” said Jason Blume, executive director
of Trine innovation 1. “It’s a win all the way around. Workers can advance their careers
and seamlessly move in to additional educational opportunities, including certificates
and degree programs. Businesses can provide employees with critical skills, and our
region benefits from trained personnel who earn higher wages.”
Jacob Bradshaw, an experienced industrial technology instructor and controls and automation
engineer, will serve as inaugural instructor and program lead for the Center.
“Jacob is the perfect fit for this role. He brings a wealth of hands-on work in industry
as well as extensive experience in training industrial workers for next-level jobs,”
Offering programs on Trine’s Angola campus as well as online and on-site, the TCTT
will provide coursework in areas including industrial maintenance and automation.
Participants can earn associate and specialist certification from the prestigious
Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) as well as certification in areas such
as project management, Lean Six Sigma-Green Belt, Certified Quality Engineer and network
The TCTT features state-of-the-art training equipment by Amatrol, Fanuc and Rockwell
Automation. Students will develop skills in areas such as machine operation, electrical,
hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical drives, PLC programming and operation, relay controls,
sensors and smart manufacturing.
Statewide supervision, practical experience
Bradshaw previously served as associate professor in advanced automation and robotics
technology at Ivy Tech Community College, where he oversaw curriculum for the system
statewide. His industrial experience included roles at Automation Engineering in Fort
Wayne, T.I. Automotive in Ossian, Wabash Electric Supply in Bluffton and Crane Composites
He also has owned and operated BCI Automation, an automation contracting and consulting
company in North Manchester, with his father for the past three years.
“Trine University has a long history of equipping graduates with practical skills
that allow them to succeed in their careers, and the Trine Center for Technical Training
is a continuation of those efforts,” he said. “I’m excited to lead this new venture
and look forward to collaborating with area businesses and institutions to help area
workers develop and enhance skills that are crucial for industry.”
Bradshaw holds an Associate of Applied Science in advanced manufacturing automation
technology from Vincennes University and a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology
from Purdue University, and will soon complete a Master of Science in engineering
management from Trine University.
For more information on the Trine Center for Technical Training, visit trine.edu/tech.
Photo: Jacob Bradshaw, right, instructor and program lead for the Trine Center for Technical
Training, guides Trine student Grant Teller in operating an industrial robot. In order
to meet the need for skilled workers in northeast Indiana industries, the new center
will serve individuals, high schools and businesses. (Photo by Dean Orewiler / Trine
Last Updated: 08/16/2022