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Dimensional Inspection

The Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) in the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining is one of the many advanced manufacturing equipment that awaits students in Danville Community College’s new Dimensional Inspection training. Classes start August 24, 2015.

DANVILLE, VA, June 25, 2015 – Training for careers in Dimensional Inspection will be offered at Danville Community College starting in fall 2015. The one-year training is the first of its kind in Virginia. It is designed for individuals seeking careers in this in-demand field as highly specialized quality inspectors at advanced manufacturing companies. Typically, entry-level dimension inspectors can earn between $18 and $25 per hour.

“This is a unique opportunity for our area,? says Troy Simpson, Director of Advanced Manufacturing. “Students will acquire skills, such as blueprint interpretation, part inspection, Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) operation and programming. There are multiple companies within a 50-mile radius of Danville with a need for employees with these skills.?

Registration for the first class cohort is being conducted now. The program is designed for individuals who are underemployed, unemployed, and/or those seeking a career change in a high demand and higher paying field. All classes will be held at the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research or on DCC’s main campus.

Simpson adds the training labs and machining environment dispel some of the myths about working conditions in manufacturing shops. Instead, the work of dimensional inspectors is often performed in clean, well lit and climate-controlled environments. In particular, this can be an ideal career that would be attractive to females, who are underrepresented in this field.

The training reflects collaboration with business and industry representatives who played a key role in developing the curriculum, donating equipment and offering to assist graduates in obtaining jobs. In addition, a $390,155 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission is being used for start-up costs for the training.

“Having an affordable, one-year training program in the region will meet the hiring needs of several advanced manufacturing industries in the region, and produce a steady flow of highly-trained candidates for well-paying jobs that are currently open in critically important areas of quality control,? says Tim Pfohl, Grants Director for the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. “This aligns wonderfully with the Tobacco Commission’s interest in assisting the growth of existing employers and attracting new advanced manufacturers.?

Simpson says dimensional inspection is a term that is often misunderstood. However, it is the science of measurement using precise equipment to verify part quality. Students receive specialized training to inspect precision parts for quality control purposes and take courses in industrial safety, and public speaking to prepare them for leadership and management roles. Inspectors play a key role in product development in the field of advanced manufacturing.

Sound interesting? Learn more about this new DCC training at an Open House event planned July 11, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR). DCC is partnering with the IALR to offer this training. The event will include information about dimension inspection, as well as other advanced manufacturing training. DCC personnel, including Admissions, Counseling, Financial Aid and Faculty, will be available to meet prospective students. In addition, industry representatives will be on hand to discuss career options available at their companies.

Registration for the Dimensional Inspection training is being conducted now. Applicants must have a high school diploma or General Equivalency Degree (GED). Financial Aid is available to eligible applicants. For more information about the training or the Open House, contact Troy Simpson at 434.797.8458, or click here.


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