Our strategic initiatives ensure a pipeline of manufacturing talent. Middle school students are exposed to precision machining, welding, IT / cybersecurity, robotics, automation/mechatronics, and advanced materials and later obtain industry recognized credentials in secondary school. The two-year technical college Precision Manufacturing Technology results in university degree and certifications.
The Precision Machining Technology program results in university degree and certifications. Quality technician graduates sit for the American Society for Quality certification exam with a waiver of the two year industry training requirement due to the industrial flow cell training. This industry flow cell concept expands into machining, robotics, welding and mechatronics. Patrick Henry Community College has had a 100% passing rate on industry certifications for the 30+ year history of the welding program.
The Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining is a progressive precision machining training model that answers industry expressed needs for a highly skilled workforce. Students receive a college degree, and 6 industry certifications. The capstone model is being extended for welding, mechatronics, and robotics. A manufacturing engineering program is also in final stages of development with Old Dominion University.