CUMBERLAND — Allegany College of Maryland employee David Smarik has joined a national advisory council workgroup for industrial technology maintenance and mechatronics. Smarik was invited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills to join the 10-member technical workgroup comprised of instructors from eight states across the country.

Smarik, who resides in Keyser, West Virginia, is the only council member to represent Maryland in the group.

The workgroup will review different projects pertaining to industrial maintenance and mechatronics for accreditation purposes. David Morgan, a business development consultant at NIMS, recruited Smarik to join the group. “Allegany College of Maryland has been a good partner with NIMS since 2014. With his expertise and commitment to NIMS, having David join the workgroup seemed like a perfect fit,” said Morgan.

Smarik serves as an outreach coordinator within the Career and Employer Solutions Program through the college’s Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development. The program is accredited by NIMS and program participants can earn national, industry recognized NIMS credentials through an exam at the completion of their training classes. Smarik’s office is located within the Western Maryland Works MakerSpace facility in LaVale where he works as an instructor and hands-on program facilitator. More information is available at www.allegany.edu/ce/career-employer-solutions.

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