Scale Technician | Barton Community College

Career Programs & Training Scale Technician

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About the Program

  • The Scale Technician Certificate is a 25 credit hour, one semester program for individuals wanting to work in the weights and measures industry.
  • Prepares successful completers to work in the scale industry where there is a need for technicians to install, repair, and certify commercial and noncommercial scales.  This includes:
    • Large scales – truck scales, livestock scales, railway scales, etc.
    • Small and medium scales – deli scales, hardware scales, floor scales, hopper scales, meatpacking scales,  fertilizer scales, pawn shops and jewelry stores.
    • Retail scales – small scales for grocery stores such as deli scales and scanner scales (checkout scales that weigh and scan bar codes).
  • These are jobs with good salary and benefit packages (in the range of $35 k to start and can exceed $50 k in a relatively short period of time.
  • While a scale company may be headquartered in say Salina, Wichita, or even Liberal, many technicians are located away from headquarters so a person can obtain the certificate and a good position and not necessarily have to relocate.
  • This certificate provides the basic background for entering the weights and measures industry and decreases the time for an employee to be up to speed by more than half according to scale advisory board members which means a more rapid increase in salary.
  • A lot of hands-on instruction in AC and DC and in scales themselves.  They will obtain a Class A or B CDL which helps with employability.
  • Scale companies working in Kansas and the KDA division of Weights and Measure have already agreed to interview graduates and successful completers can skip the continuing education portion of obtaining a State of Kansas license to certify scales for the state.
  • Many of these companies work not just in Kansas but in surrounding states.  Technicians are not confined to an office or shop but work in many different locations and types of operations.

Program Features

  • Strong industry partnerships make Barton’s program highly relevant and current.
  • Networking with professionals in the industry give students an up-to-date perspective.
  • Field trips will provide ample hands-on experience opportunities.

Courses

Check out the course descriptions below to learn more about the scales technician program.

WGHT 1100- Scale Industry Safety
This course provides students entering the weights and measures industry as scale technicians the necessary background to follow accepted safety procedures across environments where scales are used.  Additionally it provides students the necessary information to follow health and safety procedures in settings where products for human consumption and use are produced and sold.

WGHT 1101- Scale Rule and Regulations
This course provides students entering the weights and measures industry as scale technicians the necessary background and familiarity with the appropriate reference materials for the proper installation, use, maintenance, and certification of weighing and measuring devices.  Background is also provided on weights and measures laws specific to the State of Kansas. 

WGHT 1102-Scale Principles and Technology
This course is designed to provide students with the background necessary to understand the principles behind the functioning and design of both analog and digital weighing devices across all classes of scales. 

WGHT 1103-Commercial Driver’s License B
This course provides information and techniques necessary to successfully acquire a Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). The student will be taught and required to demonstrate the skills essential for proficiency while operating a commercial motor vehicle. Students will understand changing conditions, demands, traffic situations, and hazards that are essential in the professional driver’s job.

AGRI 1212-Commercial Driver’s License
This course provides information and techniques necessary to successfully acquire a Commercial Driver’s License. The student will be taught and required to demonstrate the skills essential for proficiency while operating a commercial motor vehicle. Students will understand changing conditions, demands, traffic situations, and hazards that are essential in the professional driver’s job.

MATH 1806-Technical Math
This course covers the mathematics needed by students enrolled in technical or trade programs.  The emphasis will be on application in solving problems encountered in vocational fields; the student will be exposed to a broad coverage of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and basic statistics.  The metric system and measurement techniques will also be covered.

NATG 1100-DC Circuits
The course is designed to acquaint students with the fundamentals of direct current (DC); circuits, the relationship between voltage, current, resistance, and power, the application of Ohm’s and Kirchhoff’s laws.

NATG 1105- AC Circuits
This course teaches students the fundamentals of Alternating Current (AC), including magnetism, waveforms, oscilloscopes, function generators, capacitance, inductance, reactance, impedance, resonance, power supplies, transformers, RC circuits, RL circuits, RLC circuits, and filters. 

BSTC 1036-Computer Concepts and Applications
This course is an introduction to computer concepts in which focuses on concepts including hardware, operating systems, ethics and security; and applies hands-on interaction with software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and database systems.  On completion of this course, students will understand common computer terminology, utilize featured application software, and recognize relevant ethics and security issues associated with technology.

Program Cost

Approximately $3700 includes tuition, course fees and books
Financial Aid Eligible

Curriculum Guide

Certificate
Scale Technician (25 hours - certificate guide)

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