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CMCC Announces Regional Advanced Machining Partnership

Faculty and students in the precision machining technology program at CMCC will soon be “ramping up” their efforts to address the growing need for an advanced machining workforce. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that Central Maine Community College (CMCC) has been awarded a major grant of almost $900,000 to fund the Regional Advanced Machining Partnership, or RAMP. “I am particularly proud that of America’s 1,300 community colleges, CMCC was selected to lead this project,” said Dr. Scott Knapp, president of the College. The goal of this Advanced Technological Education grant (ATE) is to provide educators and industry personnel with the necessary skills for advanced Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining, programming and metrology. “We want to develop a curriculum that will address industry needs in high-end skills that are directly applicable to the precision manufacturing environment,” said Diane Dostie, dean of corporate and community services at CMCC who is leading the grant. “Long term, we want to be instrumental in ensuring in developing a more highly-skilled and adaptable workforce and ensuring that manufacturing firms in the region are able to compete in the global marketplace. That takes mastery of knowledge in advanced machining concepts,” Dostie added. "That's the way industry is going."

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New Advanced Certificate Program

The Precision Machining Technology program is pleased to offer an advanced certificate program. This new program includes advanced machining theories and applications required to set up and run multi-axis computer numeric control (CNC) equipment. Programming, set-up, and operations of four-axis vertical and horizontal milling centers, five-axis vertical milling centers, and live tooling lathes will be covered. Three courses will be offered in the fall semester, two of which, Introduction to Solid Works (PMT 270-51) and Advanced Cutting Tools (PMT 274-51) will be delivered completely online. Advanced Inspection Methods (PMT 272-01) is a hybrid course that will offered online and on campus. Other courses included in this 16-credit certificate are Advanced MasterCam Programming, Live Tooling CNC Lathes, 3-D CNC Milling, Multi-Axis MasterCam Programming and Multi-Axis CNC Milling. To be admitted to this advanced certificate program, students must have an associate degree or higher in machining or equivalent professional credentials as approved by the academic dean. Applications for fall admission are being accepted, and open registration is ongoing through the start of the semester. Advanced Machining was funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education Program.
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