Ind. - Hurco Companies, Inc.,
an Indiana company that designs and manufactures computerized metal cutting
machines, and Vincennes University, Indiana’s first college, have formed a
partnership that will further manufacturing education in Indiana. The VU
College of Technology has chosen Hurco as their Computer Numeric Controlled
(CNC) machine tool of choice. Students
pursuing a degree in Precision Machining Technology will benefit from the most
advanced machining technology available with access to 15 state-of-the-art
Hurco CNC machine tools.
University is delighted to enter into this partnership with Hurco Companies, a
worldwide leader in CNC machine tools and control technology. Working together,
we will make machinists more efficient and shops more profitable in the skilled
manufacturing landscape, which is especially important to the Indiana economy.
Access to Hurco technology will benefit our students in multiple ways,” said VU
President Dick Helton.
to Greg Volovic, president of Hurco Companies, Inc., “The
machining program at Vincennes is well-known in our industry as one of the best
in the nation and we are extremely excited to be a part of it. In fact, several
of our applications engineers are alumni of Vincennes so we have firsthand
knowledge of the valuable skills and experience students acquire at VU,”
VU offers the most
comprehensive Precision Machining Technology program in Indiana, and is one of
the few in the United States to offer specialized training in manual machining,
CNC machining, metal stamping die and plastic injection mold building.
With over 1,600 hours of
hands on experience, students have the opportunity to develop a solid
background in machine shop practices, as well as learn the set-up and operation
for all basic types of manual and CNC machine tools. Classroom discussions
focus on theory, terminology, and calculations.
The type and quality of
equipment used in VU labs include traditional machine tools as well as the
latest in CNC equipment— identical to that found in industry. In addition, VU’s
faculty has an extensive background in education, teaching, and industry, to
ensure that students receive instruction in both theory and practical
Technology graduates have the option of applying for acceptance into a 14 week
summer session, Advanced CNC Machining & Programming, providing them with
an additional 600 hours of hands on CNC training, as well as a second
salaries for VU’s Precision Machining graduates average in the $40,000 to
$50,000 range with some far exceeding this. Job opportunities are excellent,
with virtually 100 percent placement.
Hurco has more than 45 different CNC
machining center and turning center products, all powered by the company’s CNC
software, WinMax®, which includes hundreds of software features that
increase productivity and profitability for businesses in the skilled
“Our technology is especially
beneficial for advanced manufacturing companies that make parts and molds for
multiple industries, such as aerospace, defense, energy/mining, medical,
automotive, and motorsports. With more than 60 software patents, Hurco is a
prime example of the reality that today’s manufacturing is truly about
technology. The misconception that manufacturing isn’t technologically
innovative and exciting is one that we need to change in Indiana. I am
confident our involvement with Indiana’s leading manufacturing education
programs, such as the Vincennes program, will help educate prospective
students, parents of high school students, and the public about the exciting
careers available in manufacturing throughout Indiana,” explains Volovic.