General Dynamics employees receive training at CMCC

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AUBURN – The Machine Tool Technology lab at Central Maine Community College was a hub of activity for two weeks in July as employees from General Dynamics’ Saco plant were on campus for some intensive training in precision metalworking.

A total of 67 workers spent a week on campus and stayed overnight in the new residence hall. The workers combined class work with hands-on learning in the machine tool lab. They received instruction in basic precision metalworking and how to operate computer numerically controlled machines that shape precision metal products.

General Dynamics has undertaken this innovative training initiative in an effort to develop the skilled workers it will need to replace the large number of machinists who are nearing retirement.

“If the workers aren’t there, the work will go elsewhere,” said Wayne Morse, spokesperson for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products Inc., which manufactures gun barrels for the U.S. armed forces.

The Machine Tool Technology program offers a broad training experience in the metal products industry. Students may complete the associate degree or a one-year certificate program. Graduates of the Machine Tool program are employed as machine operators, machinists, CNC machinists, tool and die makers, quality control inspectors, machine assemblers, machine tool designers, CNC programmer or field service representatives.

For more information visit the Web site at www.cmcc.edu or phone the admissions office at 755-5273.

Rep. Donald Pilon, D-Saco, who brought the CMCC machine tool program to the attention of officials at General Dynamics after he toured the campus in January, noted that many high school students and guidance counselors are unaware of the opportunities in precision manufacturing.

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