Courier Journal

Morgan Watkins, Louisville Courier Journal

ASHLAND, Ky. — The first batch of college students will graduate in May 2020 from a program designed to prepare them to work at Braidy Industries’ planned $1.7 billion aluminum rolling mill.

Ashland Community and Technical College developed its Advanced Integrated Technology program, which launched in August 2018, with input from Braidy, AIT Program Coordinator Michael Tackett said.

Braidy wanted students to learn the fundamentals of the main systems used in manufacturing plants, such as hydraulic and motor control systems, Tackett said. For example, instructors show students how to read schematics and wire electrical systems.