DOBSON — Six students recently graduated from Surry Community College with an Associate in Applied Science degree in computer-integrated machining.
The graduates were Trey Bennett of Mount Airy, Alex Forrest of East Bend, Nathan Goins of Pilot Mountain, A.J. Hackbarth of East Bend, Chau Lor of Mount Airy and Jacob Snow of Mount Airy.
SCC’s Computer-Integrated Machining curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative, and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development, and production, resulting in a finished product. Coursework may include manual machining, computer applications, engineering design, blueprint interpretation, basic and advanced machining operations, precision measurement, high speed multi-axis machining and much more in order to ensure program graduates are prepared to take on all machinist responsibilities upon graduating.
In addition to classroom instruction and hands-on lab experience, Surry Machining students participate in field trips to area businesses that often employ those with machining skills in order to network with industry representatives and connect what they are learning in class with the real world applications of a Machining degree. Field trips during the 2016-2017 school year included a tour of Stewart-Haas Racing’s facility and a winter break trip to Detyens Shipyard in Charleston, S.C.
Program graduates should qualify for employment as machining technicians in high-tech manufacturing, rapid-prototyping and rapid-manufacturing industries, specialty machine shops, fabrication industries, and high-tech or emerging industries such as aerospace, aviation, medical, automotive, and renewable energy, and to sit for machining certification examinations. A machinist’s average pay is around $40,000 annually for those just beginning their careers.
When asked about his favorite part of SCC’s Machining program, recent graduate Snow said, “We do a lot of hands-on learning. Everything that we learn in the classroom, we are going to be taking to our job field, and we have great teachers that help us every day.”
The hands-on experience Snow referenced proved truly beneficial as he secured a job at Trimantec, a custom automation and industrial parts company in Winston-Salem, before even graduating.
Snow was not the only recent Machining graduate to receive a job offer before turning his tassel during the annual commencement ceremony. Goins is now employed at Briggs-Shafner Company in Yadkinville and Forrest is already working at Cross Technology, Inc. in Winston-Salem.
Both a degree and diploma are offered in the Computer-Integrated Machining program at Surry Community College along with certificates in Manual Machining and CNC Machining. High school juniors and seniors can take Machining classes tuition-free through the Career & College Promise dual enrollment program. Registration is open for fall 2017 classes. Students must register for fall classes before Aug. 1. Those classes start Aug. 15. For additional information, contact Student Services at 336-386-3264 or Surry’s Lead Machining Instructor Corey Easter at 336-386-3219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.