Instructor Dean Duplessis discusses how NMCC's new CNC certificate program gets students quickly into a high-demand, high-opportunity career path.
Computer Numerical Control
Hi, I'm Dean Duplessis. I'm the CNC or computer numerical control instructor here at Northern Maine Community College. The CNC program at Northern Maine Community College provides training in CNC programming, setup, and operation of both CNC mills and lathes. We run a live job shop environment. Students have an opportunity to produce parts for customers throughout the USA. I like the highlight all of the technology, when students are here in the lab, they're extremely excited about everything that they're doing as part of that learning environment. Whether again, it's CNC milling, CNC turning, using a coordinate measuring machine for some of the extremely precise inspection that we're performing. This is a state-of-the-art facility, and it truly does represent what's going on out there in industry. One of the skills in addition to being computer literate, so comfortable with software and software applications, being mechanically inclined, the ability to problem solve and troubleshoot. There are many instances in this trade, in this field, where problems arise. And we need folks that have the mindset to want to dig in and really understand how to solve problems, how to troubleshoot problems, and allow manufacturing process to continue without interruption. When a student graduates from a program such as this, when they go into industry, they are going to find themselves in an environment that is very similar to their educational environment. The student that is going to be looking at this program is a student that is looking for an opportunity to enter the workforce quickly. So spend nine months with an NMCC, receive training that is different than others, because it's hands-on live. This is an environment where we're simulating the real world. So when they leave here, it's almost a seamless entry into full time employment. In many instances, we may refer to them as a CNC machinist or CNC operator. But businesses throughout Maine have numerous openings. These are high paying jobs. These are high paying high skilled jobs and our students are in high demand.
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