LEWISTON – The University of Southern Maine L-A College will offer a course in Ergonomics and Time Study in the spring semester. Offered through the university’s industrial technology “Option II” program, the course will focus on the study of the bio-mechanics of the human body and how it interacts with a workplace while performing human activity.

Various measurement techniques and lifting analysis software will be employed to measure stress on the body, in order to eliminate cumulative trauma disorders. Students will utilize time-study measurement techniques in order to develop time standards that predict productivity.

The class will meet from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 19. Registration is open through the first week of classes. Anyone interested is encouraged to call 753-6530 for registration or advising assistance. The complete USM/L-A spring semester course schedule is available online at www.usm.maine.edu/lac/schedules.

Industrial technology is a baccalaureate program to prepare management-oriented professionals. The “Option II: Occupational Assessment” track is designed for students who already possess significant training, education or experience in a technical field and want to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Many students in the program are graduates of technical/community colleges or have many years of technical experience through the military. More information is available online at www.usm.maine.edu/tech/programs.html. Anyone interested in speaking to an adviser is encouraged to call 753-6500 to schedule an appointment.

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