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February 2, 2009

Career and Technical Education Department receives new machines


Tyson Young and Derek LohrCowley College's Career and Technical Education Department recently purchased two new three-axis, HAAS vertical machines for student machinists’ instruction.

The equipment is used in Dan Squires' Intro. to CNC Machining and Advanced CNC Programming courses where students learn to set up and run CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines. Students learn to set tool lengths and to determine X, Y, and Z coordinates for machining parts.

The college spent $115,000 to purchase the equipment.

"We are real pleased to have them in here," Squires said. "I believe this is one of the largest single purchases Cowley has done for any program and demonstrates the college’s commitment to providing local industry with machine operators."

Pike Construction set up the machines at the first of the year, and students began using them the second day of the semester. Normally, only fourth semester students in the program are allowed to operate the CNC machines. On the second day of classes, the fourth semester students that drew lucky numbers were the first to work on the two new machines.

There are now six CNC machines in Cowley College's Career and Technical Education Department.