A.M.P.: Advanced Manufacturing Partners

What is A.M.P.?

A.M.P. stands for Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. Industries across North Mississippi are in great need of highly skilled electronics engineering technicians to help keep their advanced manufacturing set ups running smoothly. There is such a need for these skilled workers that Northwest established a partnership with many area industries to provide paid interns from their Industrial Electronics Engineering Technology program.

Students can earn a minimum of $14 an hour, working a minimum of 16 hour a week in these industries while they complete their Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Electronics Engineering Technology (I.E.E.T.) over the course of 24 months.

How do I apply?

  1. Apply for admission to Northwest. On the application, indicate Industrial Electronics Engineering Technology as your intended major. Download the application here.
  2. Apply to the A.M.P. program. Download the application here.
  3. You must have at least a 17 sub-score in Math on the ACT is you are under 21. If you are 21 or over, you must take a math placement test at Northwest, scoring the equivalent of a 17 Math score on the ACT.
  4. At the direction of the Work-Based Learning Coordinator, applicants will interview with the industry for which they will intern and the I.E.E.T. instructor.

Participating Industries

  • Future Electronics of Southaven
  • Toyoda Gosei TG Missouri Corporation of Batesville
  • Schulz Xtruded Products of Tunica
  • FEUER Powertrain North America, Inc. of Tunica
  • Carlisle SynTec of Senatobia
  • AFCO of Olive Branch
  • Sleep Innovations/Advanced Urethane of Coldwater
  • Parker Hannifin-Racor Division of Holly Springs
  • AFCO Millwork Products, Olive Branch
  • Parker Hannifin, Batesville
  • Windsor Foods, Oakland

Intern Expectations

  • Complete the NWCC application process
  • Be accepted into Industrial Electronics Engineering Technology program
  • Complete a mandatory interview process with industry and instructor before being a recognized intern
  • Possess a minimum ACT math sub-score of 17 (Student under 21 years of age)
  • Meet requirements to enter Intermediate Algebra-MAT 1233 (Student over 21 years of age)
  • Pass with a “C” all EET/ELT coursework to progress to the next semester
  • Follow processes and procedures of industry
  • Understand completion of program does not guarantee employment
  • Provide required documentation to be determined WIA (Workforce Investment Act) eligible.


  • Automation and Control
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Motor Control Systems
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Solid State Devices and Circuits
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Industrial Electricity
  • Process Control

Industry Expectations

  • Accept at least one Industrial Electronics Engineering Technology participant as an industrial maintenance intern beginning in the fall semester of the participant’s freshman year
  • Interview potential participants
  • Pay intern a minimum of $14.00 an hour
  • Provide a minimum of 16 hours of work per week, including summers throughout program (Interns should be allowed to complete, if possible, a full eight-hour shift for the purpose of experiencing a full day’s work)
  • Allow student to apply classroom instruction within industry setting with the assistance of an industry mentor/trainer
  • Maintain open line of communication with intern, instructors, and program coordinator as to participant’s work performance
    Support student’s goal of earning an Associate of Applied Science degree while interning

Northwest Expectations

  • Instructor will provide an in-depth description of course work to industry.
  • Institution will enable student to complete coursework within the two-year allotted time. Some academic courses may be taken during the summer or online.
  • Industry and work-based learning coordinator will communicate mid-semester and the end of each semester concerning skills being taught and the skill-level on which the intern is expected to perform.
  • Instructor will address pertinent difficulties that student may find at work site including team work, troubleshooting, and overall employee behavior.
  • Work-based Learning Coordinator will maintain an open line of communication with intern and industry as to participant’s work performance
    Institution will offer student and industry a deferred payment plan.

WIA (Workforce Investment Act) Expectations

  • Screen students for WIA eligibility
  • Complete WIA adult/dislocated worker enrollment documentation and maintain participant files
  • Maintain work site agreements with companies
  • Monitor work sites and student progress on a regular basis
  • Maintain student files and time/attendance documentation
  • Reimburse companies. Reimbursement to companies is provided by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the Mississippi Partnership Workforce Area and administered through Three Rivers Planning and Development District.

Shannon Mayo
Work-Based Learning






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