PMT Lab Grand Re-opening

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Release date 12-04-14

 

KVCC holds grand reopening and ribbon cutting for Precision Machining Technology Lab following major bond and grant funded improvements

 

Fairfield, ME – Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) held a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting for its Precision Machining Technology Lab Dec. 3 following major bond and grant-funded improvements and equipment upgrades to the facility over the past year.

The improvements have converted the old lab into a state-of-the-art training facility for future machinists, giving students access to the same tools and technology they will find in the rapidly-changing precision machining industry.

Like many skilled trades in the United States, the precision machining industry is facing a worker shortage as aging machinists retire and too few new workers trained in the latest technology enter the workforce.

In partnership with industry supporters, KVCC has anticipated this shortage and positioned itself to meet the area demand for additional workers. The upgraded lab is key to this effort.

“KVCC is thrilled to upgrade our precision machining lab and infrastructure thanks to support from Maine voters and from Town of Fairfield,” Dr. Richard Hopper, President of KVCC, said. “Students entering KVCC’s PMT program will graduate with full training on the most up-to-date technology. This investment will make our graduates even more valuable in the labor market and will dramatically reduce the amount of time employers will need to invest in onboarding new hires. This is a tremendous investment in KVCC, an investment in mid-Maine, an investment in our workforce, and an investment in local manufacturing capacity.”

The event was attended by local legislators, industry representatives, business owners, and other invited guests. A public open house followed the ribbon cutting.

The improvements in the lab have been funded by monies included in a jobs bond approved by Maine voters in November 2013, and by a State of Maine Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awarded to the Town of Fairfield through the Workforce Development Program in April of this year.

Approximately $300,000 has been spent to date, with $375,000 total spending planned by the time lab improvements and additions are completed in the spring of 2015.

Improvements so far include:

▪ Three state-of-the-art Haas four-axis computer numerical control (CNC) milling machines with features including thumb drive communication, part and tool probing, and 40 taper tooling - $120,894 bond funds.

▪ Ten Haas control simulators - $18,150 bond funds.

▪ One Mitutoyo coordinate measuring machine - $27,395 bond funds (machine not yet delivered).

▪ Four state-of-the-art computers loaded with Mastercam computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software - $5,840 bond funds.

▪ Lab and classroom painting, electrical upgrades, and construction - $34,000 bond funds.

▪ Two GT mini CNC lathes - $91,200 CDBG funds.

▪ Scholarships to ten second-year students to facilitate the purchase of laptop computers and software - $8,800 CDBG funds.

The PMT program at KVCC offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree and a one-year Certificate. The program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the machine tool industry.

Students are trained in the conventional skills of the profession including lathe, mills, drills and grinders, as well as in Computer Numerical Control (CNC). They are also introduced to metal fabrication. The full curriculum includes both the technical and general courses necessary for students to successfully compete in the work environment.

The program has enjoyed strong support from industry employers, and would not be successful without such support.

Twenty-eight students are currently enrolled in the program.

To learn more about the program call 207-453-5822 or go to: http://www.kvcc.me.edu/Pages/Precision-Machining-Technology/Precision-Machining-Technology-Home.

KVCC is one of seven community colleges in Maine that operate under the authority of the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees. KVCC is a public, non-profit, post-secondary institution supported in part by State legislative appropriations and federal funds.

The College offers more than 35 programs of study ranging from two-year associate degrees to certificates, as well as a comprehensive schedule of continuing education courses and business and industry outreach programs.

For more information on KVCC go to www.kvcc.me.edu.

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