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Machining students greet Sandvick rep. Machining students with Sandvik representative

John Pusatera, Senior Training Specialist for Swedish-based tooling company Sandvik Coromant, discusses advanced tooling applications with Rachel Wood, a student in DCC’s Integrated Machining Technology program.

Chuck Tate, Senior Training Specialist for Sandvik Coromant,right, greets DCC students James Hubbard (left) and Josh Luffman.

DANVILLE, VA, September 29, 2015 – Dry Fork resident James Hubbard, a student in Danville Community College’s Integrated Machining Technology program, observes with interest as John Pusatera and Chuck Tate, Senior Training Specialists with Sandvik Coromant, demonstrate advanced tooling applications at the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining.

The training representatives, along with John Traylor, regional sales manager for Sandvik Coromant, spent three days at the Gene Haas Center sharing their expertise with DCC students. Sandvik Coromant is a global company founded in 1862 by Göran Fredrik Göransson in Sandviken, Sweden. Sandvik is a high-technology engineering group in tools and tooling systems for metal cutting, mining, construction equipment, products in stainless steel and alloys. The goal of the DCC program, a partnership with the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, is to prepare students for leadership roles in advanced manufacturing.

“Sandvik is teaching us about the tool geometries and the optimal ways to run those tools. By using the tools to their full potential in those optimal ways, you increase productivity, which saves time and money. That is important in the industry,? says Hubbard, who is a 2015 graduate of DCC’s Precision Machining Technology program. “We are also going to have the ability to troubleshoot and solve problems.?

Sandvik Coromant is one of several industry partners in the DCC program. As a partner, Sandvik has supplied tools for students’ use, and educated students in the proper usage of those tools as a component of the partnership.

“This gives our students a very unique opportunity to learn from some of the top Sandvik application engineers in the country,? says Tim Robertson, Technician, Integrated Machining Technology.

Josh Luffman, a Danville resident and student in the program, listens intently as the Sandvik trainers discuss the latest tools and tooling techniques. Luffman gained a year of work experience in the field after graduating from DCC’s Precision Machining Technology program and enrolled in Integrated Machining. His ultimate goal is to work in a supervisory role at a manufacturing company.

“Sandvik is making newer, better, faster tools, every year. Having the opportunity to operate the best machines and the best tooling during our time in this program is going to give us great experience when we go to work,? Luffman says.

With goals similar to Luffman’s, Hubbard says he plans to bring the knowledge of lean manufacturing that he gains in the program to a large manufacturer, such as Rolls-Royce.

Rachel Wood, a Chatham resident and also a 2015 Precision Machining graduate, enrolled in the program because she wanted to take her knowledge to the next level and gain supervisory skills.

“The first two years of the program (precision machining) teach you how to machine, and the third year (integrated machining technology) teaches your how to machine more efficiently,? Wood says. “Now we are getting more into the management side of machining.?

John Traylor says this program is unlike any other training model he has seen, and that the technical skills and personal character of the students in the program are the sort of qualities Sandvik seeks in prospective employees.

“These students are going to be way ahead of the curve, because they are already going to be exposed to the new technologies and how to apply them,? Traylor explains. “These are the sort of people that we want to grow our business so that we can keep our leadership role in the industry globally.?

Traylor explains there are many opportunities in store for program graduates:

“These students will emerge from this program with the knowledge and capabilities to help them move into leadership and management roles,? Traylor adds.

For more information about the Integrated Machining Technology program, contact Troy Simpson, Director of Advanced Manufacturing, at 434.797.8558 or click here.


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