The Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining is a progressive precision machining training model that answers industry expressed needs for a highly skilled 21st century workforce.
The program is currently supported with over $1 Million in commitments from leading global technology companies and builds on existing Commonwealth and local investments in area secondary and community college advanced machining programs aimed at increasing the number of skilled workers in the Commonwealth.
A key component of this project is a revolutionary concept that incorporates workplace experiential learning in an educational setting by enabling students to train in a full-scale manufacturing work flow cell to support a realistic, fully-integrated learning experience. This first-of-its-kind model of immersive workforce training is derived from a partnership between business, industry, and academia. The program aims to integrate a “real-world” lean flow-cell manufacturing environment with such skills as tool management, advanced testing and measurement, electrical discharge machining, computer numerically controlled grinding, computer numerically controlled milling, computer numerically controlled turning, and business processes.