PA Solutions Partnership Aims to Teach Upstate Workers How to Program/Troubleshoot Robots

Greenville, SC – ECPI University’s Greenville campus has formed a partnership with PA Solutions, aimed at helping people throughout the Upstate region acquire skills to work with robotic and automated manufacturing systems. Founded in 1986, PA Solutions is a leading independent supplier of automation solutions for the chemical and automotive markets, providing electrical, instrumentation and control engineering for the process industry. 

In recent years, advanced automation and robotics are largely responsible for helping the region attract manufacturing operations. While production lines no longer require as many workers as they once did, the people who program, monitor, and maintain this equipment must possess a high-level skill set. However, finding enough of these qualified workers has been quite challenging. 

Through ECPI University’s new partnership with PA Solutions, the company has acquired a new KUKA industrial robot for the University’s use on and off campus. A pioneer in robotics and automation technology, KUKA robots are among the worlds’ most widely used. PA Solutions employees will serve as adjunct professors, not only working with ECPI University students, but also in the community at large. 

“We envision taking this equipment to area high schools and training students who may want to pursue a manufacturing career right after graduation,” says ECPI University Greenville Campus President Karen Burgess. “Many of our local manufacturers – including BMW – use KUKA robotics. Upon completion of their training, students can be prepared to become fully certified on this equipment and eligible to compete for some very desirable jobs.” 

For more information about this partnership please contact Campus President Karen Burgess at 864.288.2828 or Media inquiries can be directed to ECPI Director of Marketing at 757.490.9090 or

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ECPI University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees and diplomas. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. A private university founded in 1966, ECPI University has campuses in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, and offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services, continuing education, certification classes, and testing are also available.                       

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Release Date:
Thursday, June 23, 2016