DCCC Offers Drive-up Lab Service
Put computer-assisted metal working and design equipment inside a 44-foot-long truck trailer and you have drive-up assistance from Davidson County Community College’s new Mobile Manufacturing Training Lab.
The lab will serve not only DCCC students but also local advanced manufacturing businesses. DCCC introduced the mobile lab recently. The lab has been in the works for more than a year as DCCC faculty and staff matched appropriate machines that would fit inside a trailer.
“The staff at Trailers of the East Coast helped out tremendously with this project,” said Donovan McBride, DCCC instructor in the Manufacturing Technologies program. “Our goal with this finished product is to bring customized training to companies that might have difficulty sending their employees off campus to train. This allows us to come to them.”
The lab features a computer numerically controlled mill and a CNC lathe. It will also be able to load and unload equipment for welding, electronics engineering, drafting and design and industrial systems. The equipment in the trailer contains modeling software such as Solidworks 3-D and MasterCam CAD/CAM software. A 3-D printer is a possible addition.
“The lab will be able to house eight students and one instructor for on-site training,” said Michael Davis, instructor in the Manufacturing Technologies program at DCCC. “The trailer will serve as a remarkable tool not only for employees at local businesses but for our students as well.”
Students and employees using the tools and technology in the mobile lab will gain hands-on experience using top-notch machines and simulators that will help them succeed in future and current careers in advanced manufacturing.
“We hope to expose younger people to what manufacturing is and how important it is in our everyday lives,” McBride said. “Also, we want to show how fun, challenging and rewarding manufacturing can be.”
The DCCC Foundation provided funds for the trailer, which was purchased from Trailers of the East Coast in Mocksville. Golden LEAF Foundation, a nonprofit organization, paid for the equipment.