July 29, 2013

Gosiger Inc. Allows College to Demonstrate CNC Machines

WNC Technology Center Gaining Nearly $1 Million in New Machinery

Future Machine Tool Technology students at Western Nevada College are going to benefit two-fold from demonstration machinery by Gosiger Inc. and a grant that will upgrade and update the center.
Not only will WNC students learn how to use some of the latest Computer Numerical Control machines, they also will be under consideration for employment by local manufacturers who will visit the campus to see demonstrations of the machines.

“It’s a win-win for us,” said Paul Eastwood, a Machine Tool Technology instructor at WNC for the past nine years. “They lend us the machines for instructional purposes, and they come in to demonstrate them to local manufacturers.

“It’s a good idea because when we get the local manufacturers to our facility, they may ask us if we have any potential employees for them.”

Specifically, the Okuma Turning Center and Harding Milling Center are CNC machines from Gosiger’s Fullerton, Calif., plant. The contemporary machines allow students to bring their skills up to date with what manufacturers are using. They are both located in the Woody Wurster Machine Tool Technology Center. Wiring has been completed, but Eastwood said the center is awaiting air compressors to keep the machines dry before they will be fully operational.

In addition, a grant has allowed WNC to purchase a Haas CNC Turning Center machine, which is expected to arrive sometime in July.

“With all those ad-ins, there’s a $1 million of new technology at the machine shop. I don’t know of any other college adding that much new machining technology,” said Sven Klatt, general manager of Vineburg Machining Inc. of Mound House. “It’s a huge improvement, something that the private sector and the college worked hand in hand to get off the ground. It’s going to be a win for all of us.”
Each of the CNC machines will use Mastercam software, giving students another skill that should benefit them as they seek employment.

“It’s one that quite a few local manufacturers use, so the students are more appealing,” Eastwood said. “With the machines and software coming in, we are upgraded with the newest stuff on the market.”
Klatt, who began teaching CNC programming I and II at WNC last year, helped broker the deal for the new machinery after being approached by Gosiger representatives.

“They had done cooperative programs with schools throughout the United States. I put the right people at the college in contact with Gosiger,” Klatt said.

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