and business leaders, educators, and students joined Hurco and Lincoln College
of Technology Friday to commemorate Manufacturing Day with the grand opening of the
Hurco CNC Technology Center at Lincoln Tech’s Indianapolis campus. Lincoln Tech’s
new CNC Machining and Technology diploma program will begin November 21 at the
school’s 79th Street Campus.
Huber, President of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, kicked off the October
4th event by telling attendees that partnerships between education
and industry are vital in order to close the skills gap. Todd Clark, President
of Lincoln College of Technology's Indianapolis Campus, cut the ribbon to officially unveil the 5,000
square foot CNC machining center equipped with 10 brand-new Hurco CNC machining
centers and turning centers.
Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq:HURC), a leader in the development and manufacture of CNC
machine tools and technologies, has made a commitment to education throughout
Indiana with CNC machine tools installed at Vincennes University, Purdue University,
Notre Dame, and Lincoln Tech.
Greg Volovic, President of Hurco Companies,
Inc., said, “Our CNC technology is extremely beneficial to the classroom
environment because the integrated computer system, called the control, supports
multiple ways to program parts. Today, manufacturing is about technology—it’s
where skilled trades and technology meet—and Hurco CNC mills and lathes provide
the technology piece that increases the value and relevance of the skills
students will learn.”
addition to Volovic and Shaun McAlmont, CEO of Lincoln Educational Services,
several business and industry leaders shared their stories to emphasize the
need for more manufacturing education programs and the importance of changing misconceptions
about careers in manufacturing.
Turner, Director of Education and Development at Allison Transmission, said
manufacturing is a technology-driven career. He told the audience that many of
the employees at Allison have worked there for 30+ years and he needs to ensure
there are qualified employees to the positions they will vacate in the future.
Turner, who is also a school board member for the Metropolitan District of
Washington Township, said a four-year bachelors degree isn’t the best path for
all students and education programs that focus on middle skills are critical to
the success of companies like Allison.
Draper, owner of Draper Manufacturing, and the President of the Indiana chapter
of the National Tooling and Manufacturing Association (NTMA), said an often
discussed topic at NTMA meetings is the adverse impact of the skills gap in
Indiana with so few qualified machinists available. At his manufacturing
facility, he has resorted to hiring some employees with no machining experience
and training them on the job. In addition to their motivation, he attributes
their success to the user-friendly attributes of his Hurco CNC machine tools
because they have conversational programming that steps the machine operator
through programming to create a part.
Brian Burton, Vice President of the
Indiana Manufacturers Association, echoed the importance of manufacturing in
Indiana with a few statistics: one in five Indiana residents are employed
by the manufacturing sector, nearly one-third of the state’s economy is
generated by the manufacturing sector, and the average total wage (wages plus
benefits) for manufacturing is more than $70,000/year.
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