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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Surry Community College Expands Machining Program

worker at machine tool in workshop

Students at Surry Community College will have the opportunity to work on a five-axis machine thanks to a grant from Duke Energy. Credit: SCC.

Continuing a trend seen at other community colleges and trade shows around the country (as in these earlier stories here, here, and here), Surry Community College (SCC) of Dobson, N.C., has announced plans to expand its precision machining program.

According to the Triad Business Journal, SCC has added a HAAS VF3 five-axis CNC machine as well as a software update for its machining program. The Computer-Integrated Machining Technology program received a grant from electric power holding company Duke Energy, which is headquartered in the area.

Corey Easter, Surrey machining program instructor, explained to the media that the new five-axis machine would benefit students who have been to this point learning on a three-axis machine. In the job market, machinists with five-axis experience can earn almost twice as much as those with only three-axis experience.

The Haas machine will be used at the beginning of the spring semester in Surrey’s machining associate degree program and its diploma and certificates program.

–Brian Lane

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