The NAIT Sandvik Coromant Centre for Machinist Technology
The NAIT Sandvik Coromant Centre for Machinist Technology officially opened March 14, 2008
- Five labs with $4.5 million of new equipment: Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist Lab, First Year Machinist Lab, Second Year Machinist Lab, Third and Fourth Year
Machinist Lab, and Metrology Lab
- A centralized tool crib that efficiently stores and distributes tools to each of the Machinist labs
- Five smart classrooms wired to take advantage of the latest technologies, including data projection and network access
- Two 26-seat computer labs used for programming the 20 Computer Numerical Control (CNC) units in the CNC Machinist Lab
- Offices for 34 instructional and support staff
- Technologically advanced features including the Alberta SuperNet connection, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system, wireless capability, and security access and monitoring systems
This time lapse photo shows first-year Machinist apprentices learning how to safely and properly operate an engine lathe, a machine that is the staple of the trade.
The centre was named in recognition of the $2-million donation from Sandvik Coromant of Canada, a world leader in cutting-tool technology headquartered in Sweden and NAIT’s first European-based funding partner.
Sandvik Coromant’s investment, which includes in-kind equipment donations and support of student awards, helps ensure our machinist apprentices are learning on the most technologically advanced tools available. Located in the former Millwright building, the $10-million centre is approximately 31,000 square feet, almost three times the size of the old machinist training space.
Sandvik Coromant is proud to work with NAIT to create the new machinist centre, says Brian Philip, Senior Manager, Business and Productivity Development. “By improving student knowledge of the metal-cutting process with new equipment, this donation to NAIT will help create a recruitment base of skilled personnel – not only for customers within Alberta and Canada's manufacturing industry – but also for Sandvik Coromant Canada.”