NMCC Precision Metals Manufacturing Program Receives High Tech Donation
The Precision Metals Manufacturing program at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle has received a big contribution from the Mitutoyo America Corporation of Illinois. Mitutoyo specializes in precision measuring tools including coordinate measuring machines.
The $7,500 donation includes computer hardware, software and a monitor that allows students to write programs for part inspections. This ability makes verification of dimensional requirements for various parts more efficient. The equipment went on line this fall and expands on the capability of existing equipment.
According to PMM instructor Dean Duplessis, Mitutoyo works closely with HAAS Technical Education Centers to positively impact precision machining programs that demonstrate a commitment to excellence. Over the years, HAAS, one of the largest machine tool builders in the world, has donated several pieces of equipment to NMCC.
Duplessis says a number of connections in the industry have been helpful in securing these major donations. He is proud to say the only difference between the NM Precision Metals program and industry is the size of the program.
Every semester, students have the opportunity to manufacture precision metals for companies around the nation through non-revenue generating contracts. Those contracts vary greatly from precision parts for the recreational industry to mining and much more.