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Brian P. Evans
Precision Machining Technology

For Brian P. Evans of South Boston there was never a doubt about which career path he would choose. That’s because the 18-year-old has always liked working with his hands. So, when he enrolled in Danville Community College in Fall 2008, he chose the Precision Machining Technology Program.

“I want a career that’s hands on,? Evans says explaining his decision. “I enjoy working with my hands and creating things.?

A 2008 graduate of Halifax County High School, Evans was already familiar with DCC since he had taken community college dual enrollment courses in high school. By the time he graduated, he had enough credits to earn a First Year Certificate at DCC.

“I knew I wanted to stay close to home and not go away to school,? adds Evans, who is the son of Robert and Kathy Evans, a student at DCC. He notes his decision was also influenced by a cousin who graduated from the DCC program and is now a successful machinist in North Carolina.

Even though he and his mom are both students at the College, Evans admits he doesn’t see much of her around campus because she takes primarily night classes. However, his friend, Josh Garber, is also in the Precision Machining Technology Program.

“I guess I know a lot of people at DCC,? Evans adds. “I had heard about the precision machining program before I came here.?

DCC’s Precision Machining Technology Program provides training in basic machine shop operations, materials, and manufacturing processes. Students receive training in the care and use of tools, care and use of machines, working to proper tolerances, technical drafting, computer numerical control programming, CAD-CAM training, metallurgy, tool making, jig and fixture design, precision measurements, and the development of leadership qualities. Graduates of the program have a number of employment options, including: machine tool operator, machinist, mold maker, shop manager, and tool and die maker. A total of 81 credits are required to receive the Diploma in Precision Machining Technology.

Industry standards are changing with many manufacturers offering state-of-the-art facilities, high tech equipment and more efficient production schedules. Evans says the work is also varied.

“In the (precision machining) program we make a lot of parts,? he notes. “It’s very tedious work and you have to really pay attention to what you are doing. It may not be for everybody, but I like this work?

After graduation from DCC in 2010, Evans says he would like to stay within a 75-mile radius of this area working as a machinist or tool and die maker. Evans also doesn’t rule out continuing his education to obtain an engineering degree.

“I want to finish the precision machining program. Get some experience working and later I plan to go to a university and study engineering,? Evans says.

Evans also likes to keep busy. In addition to going to school full-time, Evans works part-time at Tractor Supply in South Boston. He also enjoys hunting deer and turkey, fishing in the springtime, riding four-wheelers and working with horses.

“I’ve enjoyed going to DCC,? he says. “Everyone here is so helpful – not just the teachers but the students in the classes too.?

For more information about the Precision Machining Technology program, contact the Professors Doug Poole, 434.797.8519, Troy Simpson, 434.797.8558, Cathy Pulliam, Coordinator of Recruitment and Enrollment Management, 434.797.8538, or click here.

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