Hybrid Program for CNC Machining Training Develops Next Gen High-Tech Machinists in the U.S.

Source: IACMI | Release | December 17, 2020

A new hybrid program for CNC machining training has been launched, in part, by IACMI, that combines online learning and in-person machine time to deliver fast, engaging, and high-quality education aimed at developing the next generation of high-tech machinists in the United States.

The physics-based training is part of America’s Cutting Edge (ACE), a national initiative for machine tool technology development and advancement. It is supported by the Department of Defense (DOD) Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program from the Office of Industrial Policy. DOD is utilizing the scientific expertise of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the workforce development leadership of IACMI. IACMI is partnering with The University of Tennessee (UT) and Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC) in Knoxville to pilot the new machine tool training framework.

Students and adults will complete online, augmented computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software training created by UT Engineering Professor and ORNL Joint Faculty Member Tony Schmitz (pictured left), followed by a hands-on, CNC bootcamp on the PSCC campus in Summer 2021.

“The two-phase pilot program will help identify and train machine tool designers and production managers through a cost-effective, virtual training program,” Tony said. “All online participants will work at their own pace on home computers.

Following the online portion of the course, a small group will be selected to join the second phase of the training that supplements the online lessons with a hands-on, immersive training session.”

Click HERE to learn more about ACE and register for the virtual training.

ACE Milestone Alert!

This week, PSCC officials welcomed the arrival of a new Haas VF-2SS (Super Speed) high-performance vertical machining center with 5 axis capability.

The precision machine will better equip the college and ACE to develop the next generation of U.S. machine tool workforce. Pictured below, from left, are IACMI CEO John A. Hopkins, IACMI Workforce Director Joannie Harmon, PSCC President Anthony Wise, PSCC Engineering Associate Professor Mark Williams and PSCC MegaLab Director Andy Polnicki.