Custom Trailer Delivering Advanced Manufacturing Skills
DCCC, the Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties has unveiled its latest investment in advanced manufacturing: a mobile manufacturing lab that will bring advanced manufacturing skills training directly to local manufacturers.
The DCCC mobile manufacturing lab which was unveiled this week at the Davie Campus of DCCC will expand the advanced manufacturing workforce by bringing advanced manufacturing training directly to manufacturing facilities, allowing manufacturers to provide training to more workers.
Trailers of the East Coast, Mocksville, NC, worked with DCCC and customized a 44 foot, steel frame Quest trailer from ATC for the mobile lab. The mobile classroom includes 8 student workstations, multiple axis Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines from Haas Automation, Inc., a robotics training station and a virtual welding training center. The technology in the mobile lab is the same technology being used by advanced manufacturers and machinists across the Carolinas and around the world.
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DCCC – Preparing a world class workforce
The self-contained mobile training center includes a generator, heat and air, electrical outlets and LED lighting throughout. Trailers of the East Coast installed the manufacturing equipment and finished the lab off with an exciting, attention getting graphic wrap on the outside of the trailer to let the world know that DCCC is preparing a world class work force with advanced manufacturing skills.
Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Attracts Jobs, Growth
As the manufacturing industry expands, so does the need for a skilled workforce. Ashley Furniture, Pro Refrigeration, Tarheel Plastics, CPP Global, Beaufurn… the list of manufacturers moving to Davie County continues to grow. And manufacturing firms already here are also growing and creating jobs; Ingersoll Rand, Avgol, Carolina Precision Machining, Funder America and many others.
Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, said, “The number one factor for manufacturers looking to relocate is the availability of a highly trained, skilled workforce. This investment in workforce development supports job growth for existing industry while it helps us continue to attract new, high paying manufacturing jobs”.
Dr. Mary Rittling, President of DCCC said, “A highly skilled workforce is the lifeblood of advanced manufacturing. This Mobile Manufacturing Lab will help companies address their workforce development needs while helping students acquire the skills needed for high tech manufacturing jobs”.
Clint Junker, co-owner of Trailers of the East Coast, said, “We are excited about this project at the intersection of industry and education and we are proud to work on it with DCCC. We look forward to seeing this unit on the road supporting the local workforce and local industry”.
A Team Effort
A grant from the DCCC Foundation helped fund the purchase of the trailer. A grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation helped fund the purchase of the manufacturing equipment.