F.A.M.E. on the Plains

East Alabama Industrial Consortium, Industrial Maintenance Internship Program

East Alabama Industrial Consortium, Industrial Machine System Technician Apprenticeship Program

The East Alabama Industrial Consortium grew out of the vision of manufacturers in the area.  Local industry has had a difficult time filling positions in their maintenance departments because of the limited number of applicants in the labor pool that possess the technical skill sets needed to perform the tasks required in their technology driven facilities.

Southern Union is a consortium member and serves in an educational capacity by delivering the related instruction for the internship program.  The Internship program is a structured program based out of the Manufacturing Technology Program and the Robotics and Automated Controls short term certificate.


Students must meet regular entrance requirements to the College and enroll in the Manufacturing Technology Program (Industrial Maintenance).
The Program follows a Cohort model and accepts students every Fall Term (August).  During the Fall Semester will be the only time a student can enter the program.  The cohort model facilitates a peer tutoring environment as well as helps industry schedule the students for their on the job learning experiences. 

Students apply and interview with the participating industries for an internship slot.  It should be noted that manufacturing technology students are not guaranteed an internship slot.  After the interns are chosen by industry partners, students are required to work a set number of hours a week for the program to meet the requirements. 

The Internship program has two primary objectives:

  1. Allow industry partners to take an active role in training their maintenance personnel.
  2. Industry partners take an active role in developing a local labor pool of qualified applicants to meet the needs of current and future workforce demands.

Students successfully completing the program will have several stackable credentials in addition to their Associate in Applied Science in Manufacturing Technology degree.  Those include: a Career Readiness Certificate, OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Card, and multiple Short Term Certificates from Southern Union.  In addition, students who wish to continue toward a four-year degree will have coursework eligible to transfer to Point University in their Bachelor of Science Organizational Leadership Program through a local articulation agreement.

Contact:  Dr. Darin Baldwin, Dean, Technical Education and Workforce Development (334) 745-6437 ext. 5380