Haas Automation, Inc. donates new equipment to NAIT Machinist programs
Haas Automation, Inc., a leader in Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machine tool manufacturing, has made a generous gift-in-kind donation to NAIT Machinist programs. The donation, valued at $595,740, includes an entrustment agreement of four CNC turning centers and 10 CNC Vertical Mini Mills over a five-year period.
The donation from Haas raises the total to 30 CNC machines that have been entrusted to NAIT’s Machinist program since 2008. To add to this, the program has purchased another 15 CNC machines bringing the overall total to 70 Haas machines.
“Haas Automation recognizes the importance of NAIT to the manufacturing industry in Canada,” said Vice President Peter Zierhut. “Our donation of CNC machine tools supports the high quality training at NAIT and their success in connecting with local industry. We fully support their efforts to expand and modernize CNC training.”
The new equipment delivered to NAIT this past August, arrived just in time for the new academic year. Haas Factory Outlet, A Division of Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd., spearheaded the project.
“We are very proud to be the Western Canadian distributor of Haas Automation; it has been exciting to manage a project of this magnitude,” added Ross McDonald, vice president of sales. “We have over 20 years of working with NAIT, installing Haas CNC machines and look forward to offering our continued support for many years to come.”
Essential to industries around the world, NAIT currently offers non-credit courses in addition to five educational pathways to train machinists – Pre-Employment, Machinist Apprenticeship, Millwright Apprenticeship (1st period), CNC Machinist Technician and Machine Shop Technician.
As a part of the curriculum, Machinist students learn to use a variety of equipment, both manual and CNC, including lathes, milling machines, drills and grinders. Exposure to these machines ensures that students develop a versatile set of skills to operate, program, and troubleshoot in a safe and controlled environment.
“Companies like Haas Automation see the value in hands-on learning and, as in the past, have shown strong support by helping us prepare our students to join the workforce by using the most up-to-date tools and technologies currently available” said Malcom Haines, dean of NAIT’s School of Trades.
CNC technology allows machinists to manufacture or repair parts and products quicker and more accurately, resulting in a more consistent product. As such, the Machinist programs are increasingly focused on teaching students to use CNC machines.
“It is through NAIT’s relationships with Haas and their Western Canadian distributor HFO Thomas Skinner that we are able to make our programs the best that they can be and respond to industry needs,” said Haines.
Ross echoes the importance of partnerships with polytechnics like NAIT, “As the need for skilled workers continues to rise, we believe it is the responsibility of the business community to get involved and support the education of trades and technology. With the addition of the new machine tools, NAIT is now the largest CNC training centre in North America.”
Over the next year, there will be 350 seats reserved for Machinist Apprenticeship students. The Machinist programs will be hosting an information booth at this upcoming Open House held on October 17 and 18 on NAIT’s Main Campus.
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
About HAAS Automation
HAAS Automation is the largest machine tool builder in the western world, manufacturing a complete line of CNC vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, CNC lathes and rotary products. The company also builds a variety of specialty machines, including 5-axis machining centers, mold making machining centers, toolroom machines, and gantry routers. HAAS machine tools and rotary products are built to the exacting specifications of Gene Haas to deliver higher accuracy, repeatability, and durability than any other machine tools on the market.
About Haas Factory Outlet, a Division of Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd.
Haas Factory Outlet (HFO) Thomas Skinner & Son is Western Canada’s distributor of Haas CNC machine tools, recognized by the industry as leaders in supplying industrial metalworking products and machine shop supplies. Celebrating a true milestone of 110 years of business, Thomas Skinner has four locations and over 100 dedicated staff passionate about serving the industrial metalworking industry. They continue to have an unwavering support of the educational institutions that bring the youth into the industry they are so proud to serve.