STAPLES -- Representatives of more than 30 machining and tool-making companies from Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado and Montana displayed samples of their products Thursday at the fourth Machine Tool Technology and Mechanical Drafting Job Fair on the Staples campus of Central Lakes College.
CLC students from four programs, including robotics and welding, were given a chance to interview for jobs and arrange internships.
At the job fair, Russ Jenkins, an instructor in the Machine Tool Technology program at CLC, Staples, demonstrated one of two new computer numerical control machining centers that recently arrived from the California production plant where they are manufactured.
CLC bought more than $70,000 worth of new technology in time for unveiling at the job fair last week. Jenkins said the two Haas Automation VF-O mini-mills fit in well with the variety of machines students must learn to operate in order to be suited for machine tool technology careers.
Ryan Posterick of Little Falls, a Central Lakes College robotics student, stood aside and avoided the light of the welding robot he helped construct in a unique partnership with PRI Robotics of Minneapolis. The Staples campus program assembled the $150,000 unit during 300 hours of experiential learning beyond the regular course work, said instructor Greg Scheler. PRI will sell the unit to one of its customers. The company, which is largely staffed by CLC graduates, has hired Posterick and Brandon Hansen of Rice as interns. (Photos by Steve Waller)
Productivity Inc., which sold the units, donated a $3,400 training simulator to be used with the system.
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