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Field Trip to Ruhl Tech Engineering FTCC’s Computer-Integrated Machining program took a class field trip to Ruhl Tech Engineering located in Spring Lake, North Carolina. Ruhl Tech Engineering specializes in designing and manufacturing collapsible breaching tools, collapsible ladder systems, breaching doors, weapon accessories, targets and vehicle weapon systems. Their customers includes Fort Bragg as well defense training clientele both nationally and internationally. The President/Owner, Andrew Ruhland, is a trained Journeyman Tool & Die Maker with a military background. Operations Manager, Damion Farrington, attended FTCC to further enhance his welding skills and earned a Basic Welding Certificate in...
KUKA Robot Training at Craven Community College   Bosch's continuing efforts to educate and diversify their staff makes them one of our most valued industry partners.  The group seen in the picture is comprised of supervisors, electricians, and maintenance technicians who are receiving basic programming training.  Bosch currently, has five KUKA robots in different areas and is awaiting the arrival of two additional robots.  The students starting the Bosch apprenticeship program that was created with Craven Community College starts this fall and these students will receive the same training.  ...
Power Cat Plant Manager Inspires Edgecombe Community College Electrical Systems Students Power Cat Plant Manager Kenneth Brown visited the Electrical Systems class at Edgecombe Community College on July 14 and discussed the world-class vessels made at the Tarboro, North Carolina, facility. Power Cat is serious about making quality boats and has set up impressive processes of continuous and standardized workflow.  Mr. Brown talked to the students about the expert skills needed for electrical wiring and the harnesses used. He is looking for associates who will take pride in well-made boats and will support team members with outstanding soft skills such as attendance...
NC Works and Edgecombe Community College Join Forces to Help Students Get Back to Work Diane Thomas, manager of the Edgecombe Nash NC Works Center, brought NC Works to Edgecombe Community College’s Electrical Systems classroom on July 14. Alberta McGuire from the Talent Engagement Team and Sandra Smith of the TRIO program introduced the students to the NC Works online features and virtual recruiter. Electrical Systems Instructor Doug Parrish incorporated lab time for the session in order to help the students market the skills they gained, such as industry wiring, motors and controls, interpreting electrical schematics, and PLCs. Several of the students in the class will...

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A Visit from Hog Slat, Inc. One of the goals of NCAMA is to network with local industry to form partnerships and job opportunities for students.  One of our new industry partners is Hog Slat, Inc. With headquarters located in Newton Grove, North Carolina, Hog Slat, Inc. found its niche in the manufacturing industry by creating specialized hog farm equipment. Hog Slat, Inc. is the largest contractor and manufacturer of hog equipment in the United States with approximately 1,000 people directly employed. Jamie Thomas, Recruiting and Training manager for Hog Slat, Inc. was generous enough to come to FTCC...

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The Alliance Newsletter for June 2014 This month's newsletter reminds us that two years ago in the Fall, the first enrollees in advanced manufacturing programs started at NCAMA colleges across the state - and they received their Associate Degrees in May.  The newsletter also has a number of other firsts - a mace made by Beaufort County Community College's advanced manufacturing department used for the first time at graduation; the first training by a mobile lab at a visit to a local manufacturing company; and a first offering of an industrial maintenance program at the Davie campus...

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Edgecombe Hosts Upward Bound Tour Upward Bound Students Learn about Advanced Manufacturing Careers           About 40 Upward Bound students toured the Tarboro campus of Edgecombe Community College on June 18 as part of their annual two-week summer institute. A portion of their day was spent in ECC’s Advanced Manufacturing Center. The students toured the manufacturing and instrumentation labs and learned about robots, 3-D rapid prototype printing, industrial training, and technology-based skills and concepts needed for careers in advanced manufacturing. The goals of Upward Bound are to increase high school graduation rates and...
Edgecombe Develops Customized Electrical Training for Industry Partner Keihin Carolina System Technology, Inc. leverages the training expertise of Edgecombe Community College to provide their maintenance technicians additional training and education. The training initiative focuses on electrical measurements and equipment, troubleshooting, and reading and interpreting electrical schematics. Each of the three maintenance shifts meets twice a week – either before or after their work shift – in the college’s labs. Training instructor Dr. Stan Garren reports that the first two weeks of focusing on electrical theory and measurements have gone very well. He adds that the maintenance techs, all of...
NSF Summer Camp at Haywood Community College As part of a National Science Foundation grant, Haywood Community College created a high school summer camp for students interested in robotics. Students from three local high schools came together for a week of fun centered around electronic engineering. Students took a tour of a local manufacturing facility, brainstormed project ideas for our 3-D printer, and participated in a Big Bot challenge. The goal is to continue to grow summer camps at the Regional High Technology Center for all disciplines in Advanced Manufacturing. Planning is underway for the Summer of 2015. Stay...
Career Readiness Certification promoted at A-B Tech Why are these students smiling?  Because they know that earning a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), in conjunction with their Machining Certificate, will give them an advantage in their quest for meaningful employment. A-B Tech has been offering the CRC assessment to all students and the public since North Carolina adopted the CRC as part of the statewide ecomonic and workforce development strategy in 2005.  Developed by ACT, a leading provider of education and workforce development assessments, the Career Readiness Certificate is a national portable credential that verifies to employers essential core...
Virtual Welding adds new dimension to BCCC program... Before welding students at Beaufort County Community College enter the welding laboratory and begin working with actual materials, they can now hone their skills using a new virtual welder.  The virtual welder duplicates the welding processes used by students in BCCC’s welding classroom just as a flight simulator duplicates the processes used by an airline pilot. Using a virtual welder, an instructor can simulate the steps used in a welding project while students monitor the work on a video screen. When a student uses the virtual welder, their instructor can follow that...
Ceremonial Mace makes its debut at recent Graduation The newest symbol of Beaufort County Community College, a ceremonial mace that has been used for the first time in BCCC’s graduation exercises on May 15, was the culmination of many hours of work involving students, faculty and staff. The top of the mace, constructed of aerospace aluminum and brass, was machined by students and faculty in the college’s Mechanical Engineering Technology Program. Its maple and walnut handle was designed and turned on a wood lathe by Vice President of Research and Institutional Effectiveness Jay Sullivan who has enjoyed wood turning...
DCCC Davie Campus to Offer Industrial Maintenance Technician Certificates Program The Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College will offer a new short-term certification program in Industrial Maintenance, beginning fall 2014. Program participants will have the opportunity to earn certificates in Basic Industrial Maintenance, Intermediate Industrial Maintenance and Advanced Industrial Maintenance over a period of two semesters. They will also earn three industry credentials, which are: CRC (Career Readiness Certificate) NIMS Credential (National Institute for Metalworking Skills Inc.) Refrigerant Certification “This robust program is an incredible opportunity for anyone interested in learning how to install, maintain and repair a variety of...
DCCC's Mobile Lab Provides First On-Site Training to Local Machining Company Davidson County Community College’s new Mobile Manufacturing Training Lab traveled to its first on-site training opportunity last week. The 44-foot-long technology lab on wheels visited Myers Tool & Machine Co. Inc. in Lexington, N.C., where employees received specialized training without having to leave their job site. Eight Myers Tool employees boarded the mobile lab to learn how to use updated software that operates computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling and turning equipment. Myers Tool will begin using the new GibbsCAM software in its shop soon to complete jobs that require very precise machining....
Additive Manufacturing Conference at A-B Tech A-B Tech’s Asheville Center for Professional Studies is pleased to offer the following conference: Additive Manufacturing: What is 3-D Printing and how can I use it? This program is hosted by A-B Tech - Engineering & Applied Technology Department, Asheville Center for Professional Studies, Blue Ridge Tech Ventures, and WCU Rapid Prototype Center at BASE, in Asheville, NC to inform local inventors, businesses and students about the expanding technologies and manufacturing potential using advanced/additive manufacturing or 3-D printing.  Open to the public, the event will be held on June 13, 2014...
The Alliance newsletter for May 2014 This month's newsletter has a number of interesting stories about the deepening relationships between NCAMA colleges and industry.  One story illustrates how NCAMA colleges are preparing students for job interviews, another is about the kinds of stackable credentials that will prove helpful to getting hired, a third is about one company hiring a batch of students from one college and yet another shows the partnership between a college and a technology company in which students are producing prosthetic knee joints for a community project.  Colleges are also partnering with schools and...
Fayetteville Technical Community College 2014 Graduation On May 16, 2014, nearly 50 advanced manufacturing students gathered at the Fayetteville Crown Coliseum to participate in Fayetteville Tech’s graduation ceremony. Many trade students opt not to attend the graduation ceremony. They don’t want to get measured for the gown, send out invitations, go to the practice, or hear a boring speaker. “It’s just a big waste of time,” many of them tell me. They don’t see the value in it and would much rather earn their degree and move on with their lives.   I often remind students that...
Walking a Mile in a Welder’s Helmet As both Program Coordinator and Success manager for Fayetteville Tech’s Machining, Welding, and HVAC programs, I not only network and build relationships with industry, but I also serve as an academic advisor to our advanced manufacturing students. When I’m not out and about with industry or recruiting for our programs, I am interacting with our students. It’s actually not uncommon to find me on a shop floor with a set a safety googles on as a student demonstrates a newly learned skill.  I have to admit, out of the three programs...
SCC NCAMA Students Make Dean's and President's Lists Surry Community College has announced the spring semester 2014 president’s list and dean’s list. In order to qualify, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours of college level coursework and maintain a certain grade-point average with no final grade lower than a “C.” The president’s list recognizes students who maintain a 3.75 grade-point average.  Five NCAMA students achieved this honor: Juan Antonio Leonides, Burl Edward Lewis, Storm Blizard, Justin Dean Dillon, and Shane Lee Flippen. The dean’s list honors those students who achieve a 3.25 grade-point average....