GTI Technical Manufacturing University Can Make a Sustained Impact
To grow today’s industrial manufacturing economies, businesses depend on a highly trained and skilled workforce. With the use of advanced CNC machine tools, that workforce needs education and specialized training that goes beyond what traditional public schools can provide. And manufacturing businesses do not possess the time or resources to educate this workforce. In fact, the demand for machinists and other skilled workers with advanced training far exceeds the supply in every country with a manufacturing base. This is the case for both established and emerging economies alike.
The Technical Education Center program is an opportunity to meet the demand for work-ready CNC machinists, welders, CAD/CAM programmers and service engineers for today's industrial employers and the manufacturing challenges of the future. Individuals that graduate the TEC programs will always have meaningful employment, while making positive contributions to their society, and helping advance their country’s industrial manufacturing base. This in turn increases the standard of living for them, and helps advance the country’s industrial sector – helping employ even more people. The Technical Education Center program prepares ambitious individuals for high paying jobs in the manufacturing economy with the opportunity for advancement and life-long employment.
Establishment of facility, equipment, instructors and curriculum for manufacturing skills.
Metalworking is the Foundation of Modern Industry
Metalworking is the process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large-scale structures. The term covers a wide range of work from large ships and bridges to precise engine parts and metal molds for plastics. It therefore includes a correspondingly wide range of skills, processes, and tools.
Metalworking is essential to science, industry and trade. Its historical roots span cultures, civilizations, and millennia. Metalworking has evolved from the discovery of smelting various ores, producing malleable and ductile metal useful for tools and adornments. Modern metalworking processes, though diverse and specialized, can be categorized as forming, cutting, or joining processes. Today's machine shops include numerous Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC), machine tools capable of creating highly precise metal components that are the foundation of the modern manufacturing industry.
The Value of Precision CNC Machining
Precision CNC machining reaches well beyond the world of heavy-duty industrial purposes consisting of metal components and parts. Millions of items that people use every day have been CNC machined without them even knowing it. CNC precision machining is a key part of producing automobiles. The same is true for trains, boats, airplanes, and more. Machined parts are also found in refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, mobile phone cases, faucets, and the list goes on.
Without precision CNC machining, many things millions of consumers depend on would not exist. In fact, there is not much that people around the world touch and use every day that did not start out in some way as a piece of metal that was processed with the help of computer controlled machine tools.
With CNC machining, precise accuracy is achieved thanks to special coding supplied by a computer. Dimensions, weights, sizes, and other information are fed into the computer, which in turn translates the information into an alphanumerical code. This code is what tells CNC machines exactly what to do, and how to move each axis in order to cut and shape raw metal into useful components.
The GTI Technical Education Center – Overview
A State-of-the-Art Training School
The GTI Technical Education Center (T.E.C.) program will build and equip state-of-the-art facilities modeled after the top CNC manufacturing training schools already established in the United States and Europe. The TEC facility will be a comprehensive, fully equipped, turn-key operation, including a design-built structure, all necessary state-of-the-art computer-controlled machine tools and support equipment, and fully-trained teaching staff prepared to instruct students in multiple disciplines vital to the manufacturing industries
CNC Machinists Training and Certification
The main focus of the schools is to train students as CNC machinists, utilizing a well-established curriculum and the support of an international network of CNC training institutions. The goals are to provide students with a relevant, high tech and hands-on educational experience. And to graduate work-ready CNC machinists, CAD designers, CAD/CAM programmers, welders, 3D additive manufacturing professionals and technical service engineers for today's industrial employers and the manufacturing challenges of the future.
The basic facility will comprise approximately 3000 square-meters (but various sizes can be constructed), and is purpose-designed to train students in a relatively short time for careers in manufacturing and related industries. While the backbone of the certified training program will produce accredited CNC machinists, the program also includes training in related, vital knowledge-based skills that manufacturing industries are in desperate need of. These include training in computer design and digital program creation, known as CAD/CAM, or computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing.
Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing
CAD/CAM is the first step in the modern CNC machining process. Components are designed on computers with special software programs. The digital design is then transformed in a related software program that converts the 3D-modeled component into specialized code (instructions) that controls the movement of the CNC machine, producing a finished metal product.
The school will also prepare students with the skills needed to work in the manufacturing industry as specialized, quality-control technicians. An essential step in component manufacturing is assuring the finished parts meet the exact dimensions as originally designed. A Quality Control technician must know how to read blueprints, and use both traditional micro measuring tools, and specialized computer equipment to measure and confirm part accuracy in minute detail.
Service and Repair Technicians
The Technical Education Center is designed to also train students for careers as CNC machine service and repair technicians. While often overlooked in the education community, the need for highly trained, skilled diagnostic and repair personnel is pressing, and also vital to the industry.
The T.E.C. will include a cutting-edge program to train students to program and operate 3D Printers for the additive manufacturing industry. While CNC machines process metal by removing material to shape a finished component, 3D Printing utilizes an additive process of building up a finished component one layer at a time. Additive 3D printing is fast becoming vital to the manufacturing industry not only for quick prototyping (to confirm the accuracy of parts before mass production), but is now being used in the production of finished components in various plastics, metals and other materials. People with training and knowledge in 3D manufacturing are in high demand by many businesses.
Metal Welding Program
The T.E.C. will have a fully equipped, and completely functioning metal welding lab designed to train students in the skills required to enter the work force as skilled welders. The manufacturing and construction industries face constant shortages of skilled welders. The T.E.C. welding program will train students in the traditional, manual welding skills and techniques that form the basis for advancement to modern, automated metal welding equipment. Students will be work-ready with the welding skills many employers need today.
ISO Certification, Patents and Ethical Business Behavior
To be successful in today’s world, modern manufacturing business operations depend on well- rounded employees that understand more than just a single skill. Most successful companies operate with an ISO-9001 quality management system in place. Businesses that create new products and technologies want to protect their intellectual property through patents and trademarks, and the internet is increasingly used for business purposes – opening companies up to exposure for loss through online interactions by their employees. So that students graduate the T.E.C. with a above average understanding of these issues, the curriculum will have introductory courses to cover ISO-9001 management systems, how patents are created, what truly ethical business behavior employers expect and how these areas relate to internet use and social media business interactions.
Technical Education Center Staffing
The Technical Education Center program can include fully trained and certified teaching staff (a fully developed curriculum, teaching materials, testing and certification systems, and on-going collaboration and support through an international technical education school network. Educators will be trained to the NIMS certification standard (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) based in the United States.
The technical education school and university network comprises more than 2,000 institutions worldwide. The long-established HTEC network in the USA and Europe offers on-going support and teacher training, teacher conferences and contacts to more than 100 industry suppliers of associated raw materials, supplies and equipment.
Components are designed on computers with special software programs. The digital design is then transformed in a related software program that converts the 3D-modeled component into specialized code (instructions) that controls the movement of the CNC machine, producing a finished metal product.