$150,000 provides Machinist students with tools to learn and succeed
Students in NAIT’s Machinist program can now store and service metal-cutting tools in a new tool crib, thanks to a $150,000 commitment by Precision Dormer. This tool crib efficiently stores and distributes tools to each of the three machinist labs within the NAIT Sandvik Coromant Centre for Machinist Technology.
Officially opened on March 14, 2008, and located at NAIT’s Main Campus, the NAIT Sandvik Coromant Centre for Machinist Technology is approximately 31,000 square feet (just over half the size of an NFL football field), almost three times the size of the old machinist training space. In addition to the tool crib, facilities within the centre include:
- five labs with $4.5 million of new equipment, including
- a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) lab
- three machinist labs
- a metrology lab
- two 26-seat computer labs used for programming the 20 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) units in the machinist lab
“NAIT’s Machinist program offers students a hands-on approach to learning,” says Stewart Cook, associate dean for the School of Trades. “Precision Dormer’s continued support allows our students to use the latest in cutting tool technology better preparing them for the workplace.”
Precision Dormer is proud of the affiliation with NAIT and support for the Machinist Program tool crib, says Scott Wilson, national sales manager, Precision Dormer Canada. “NAIT’s philosophy of providing registrants real-world education, experience and exposure to best-in-class technology echoes our commitment to provide industry with the right tool, at the right time.”
By using leading-edge equipment to improve student knowledge of the metal-cutting process, the centre can train 1,820 individuals each year and helps create a recruitment base of skilled personnel for customers within Alberta and Canada's manufacturing industry.
Watch a video about the NAIT Sandvik Coromant Centre for Machinist Technology.
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
About Precision Dormer
Precision Dormer is one of the world’s foremost producers of solid carbide and high speed steel rotary cutting tools, with a reputation for quality, innovation and brand leadership. A comprehensive and ever-evolving product range covers a wide range of applications within the operations of drilling, reaming, milling and threading. A key member of the Sandvik group, Dormer has operations in more than 40 markets serving over 100 countries worldwide.