A total of sixteen students from Hutch Tech and Olmsted have been accepted and will be attending an Additive Manufacturing Class on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus this year. They are working on coursework through a program sponsored by Praxair called “Buffalo Manufacturing Works”.
Nicole Ovak, Daniel Cardinale, Sheldon Lewis II, David Croom, Monica Krug from Olmsted and Cindy Mierzwa, Alex Ward, Deshaun Taylor, Robert Ferris, Kristal Torres, Gia Long, Evan Brooks, Briana Clark, Paul Knight, Chris Nosowicz, Lynda Brundige from Hutch Tech will attend this class twice per month from now until May, exploring the field of Additive Manufacturing including 3D printing at a college level. Successful completion of this program will earn each of these students the SME MSOE America Works Additive Manufacturing Certificate.
Additive Manufacturing covers all aspects of producing components in Industry though processes that ADD material, as opposed to removing it by cutting, chopping, grinding, or sanding. It is a highly precise, flexible, and economical method of manufacturing, which is why multi-billion dollar companies like General Motors, Praxair, and Boeing are incorporating 3D printing and the like into their production processes. It is expected that there will be a shortage of 17,000 advanced manufacturing employees in the United States in the next 5 years, and students who succeed in earning this certificate will have a clear competitive edge in the job market.
The CTE Department is very proud to be involved with this program. The students are very excited to take part, and their new knowledge will complement their coursework in Green Technology and Engineering programs very well.