Grant Approval—Precision Machining Program
GRANT APPROVAL to Support Precision Machining Technology Program
Earlier this week we learned that our application for the competitive 61c(7) grant was approved by the Office of Career and Technical Education.
Precision Machining Technology is a one- or two-year program designed to provide students with entry-level skills for career opportunities in the machine tool field. The students will gain technical knowledge and skill in the set-up and operation of the vertical milling machine, engine lathes, surface grinders, EDM machines, drill presses, band saws, and other support equipment. In addition, the student will receive varied instruction in safety, measuring, shop math, inspection, and metallurgy. Students will learn entry-level skills in the operation and programming of CMM, lathes, CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled Machines) and milling machines. Both laboratory and project-based learning will be used extensively. Work-site experiences will be incorporated in the form of field trips, shadowing and part-time employment, as opportunities are available. Students will develop important team skills necessary for employment and advancement and will have the opportunity to examine options in machining. It is recommended (but not required) that students planning to enter the P.M.T. program take related classes at their home schools such as drafting, shop, trigonometry, or metals. This is a TBAISD program housed at NMC’s Parson-Stulen building.
Our good fortune was the result of the hard work, support, and contributions of many including:
- Dutchman Manufacturing
- Centrun Machine Tool
- Clark Manufacturing
- Skilled Manufacturing
- Bramer Machine
- Kalkaska Screw
- Northern Strategies 360
- TC Chamber of Commerce
- Networks Northwest
- Baker College
- CTC program advisory board members
- CTC staff
- Many others
At this point in time, we know that we will be receiving $583,000 –which represents 75% of our original request—to support the precision machining technology program, the manufacturing technology academy program and to implement new programming for mechatronics. This is likely to include equipment, student support/outreach, and early college programming/post-secondary partnerships. What we don’t know are the details of the award and whether or not the state has placed any limitations or zeroed out any portion of our original application request. Additional information will be shared once we receive it. Thank you for your support and partnership.