Curriculum Development


AMTEC has made great strides toward identifying and validating advanced manufacturing technical education needs and has begun developing a standardized curriculum its partner colleges can deliver in a modularized, hybrid format, in demand by automotive manufacturers and their suppliers.

Built on the principles of targeted instruction relevant to the needs of industry, offered in flexible formats that expedite time to completion and that award academic credit, the AMTEC maintenance mechatronics curriculum will enable colleges to assist automotive manufacturers’ in meeting one of their greatest needs: highly skilled workers who understand complicated processes and are able to predict, prevent, troubleshoot, and problem-solve in real time in a high-pressure environment.

Below are individuals that AMTEC would like to highlight and recognize for their outstanding assistance and dedication to AMTEC’s Curriculum Development.

Linda Morris

Linda Morris has been involved with AMTEC under the umbrella of the Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM) for about two years. CARCAM, an Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Center in Alabama, has had a longstanding relationship with AMTEC. Linda has assisted our organization through the introducing, promoting, and purchasing of the curriculum as well as registering instructors and students into modules. She has conducted student orientations of the curriculum and supported instructors who use the modules to reinforce what they are teaching in the classroom. Her ability to develop, implement, and evaluate services allows for continuous process improvement planning for college performance.

Linda has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL. She has worked at North Alabama Skills Center, Anniston Assessment Center, Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Coosa Christian School, and now works at Gadsden State Community College (GSCC) where she has been employed for 15 years. Linda has spent the majority of her time at GSCC as the Lead Teacher and Distance Learning Administrator for Adult Education, but is now the Implementation Facilitator for the Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC) a Department of Labor grant. She is primarily responsible for managing and monitoring local projects as defined by the grant. Through her efforts to analyze the immediate and long term educational needs of students/participants, she is able to facilitate curriculum development and customization activities with faculty, subject matter experts, company representatives, and student groups.

Butch Tincher

Butch Tincher’s greatest passion is helping student’s become successful mechatronics technicians. He has been involved with several student centric organizations such as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, Skills USA, Skills Canada, and Boy Scouts of America. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at Somerset Community College teaching primarily subjects such as Fluid Power, Industrial Machine Maintenance, and Electro Hydraulics. He has been teaching at Somerset Community College for the past 15 years.

Butch has an extensive educational background with approximately 30 licenses and certifications in various technical fields. These include: an Associate of Science in Industrial Electronics, diploma in Aviation Maintenance and Industrial Robotics, diploma in Automotive Mechanics, Certified Industrial Electronics Technician (ISCET), Siemen’s Mechatronics.. Butch began his technical career at Cummin’s Engines of Tennessee after leaving the Pine Knot CCC Job Corps center. Since then he’s worked as a Maintenance Technician for Firestone, Melco Co., and Sears and Roebuck. He has also worked as a Lead Technician for Ormsco and as a Maintenance Supervisor, Trainer, and HAZMAT Responder for Walmart Grocery Distribution.

Butch has been involved with AMTEC since 2007 and has contributed in numerous ways. He has helped with updating, creating, and verifying the accuracy of the AMTEC Curriculum as well as piloting new modules. As a subject matter expert, he has personally worked on every fluid power module and most of the industrial machine maintenance modules. He’s attended as well as represented AMTEC at various professional development workshops and conferences.