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HARLINGEN, Texas – Big things are happening at Texas State Technical College, and the Precision Machining Technology program at TSTC’s Harlingen campus will incorporate some of the latest equipment into its curriculum for the fall 2022 semester.
A new Haas UMC-500 5-axis computer numerical control (CNC) machine and two new lathe mechanisms will be used to train students through hands-on training.
“The sophisticated equipment was purchased from Haas Automation Inc. and will be used to manufacture more complex parts,” said Francisco Garcia, TSTC Precision Machining Technology Instructor. “It will better prepare students through efficiency with one setup instead of many.”
The new machines will boost student success, especially for those nearing the end of the program.
Garcia added that the program will also offer an advanced computer-aided manufacturing course this fall semester.
“The advanced class will have Mastercam software to design and generate codes that will be used to manufacture a part,” he said. “This will align with the UMC-500 equipment schedule.”
Isaac Gonzalez, president of TSTC’s precision machining technology department, said the new equipment set a new direction for the program’s future.
“The new equipment will meet industry demands and stay ahead of the technology curve,” he said. “TSTC’s Precision Machining Technology students must be elite and marketable to tomorrow’s employers. (The equipment) will provide them with a new credential when they enter the job market and lead to well-paying careers.
In Texas, CNC tool programmers can earn $59,680 a year, according to onetonline.org.
TSTC offers an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and a Certificate of Completion in Precision Machining Technology, as well as a Certificate of Completion in Machining, at its campuses in East Williamson County, Fort Bend County , Harlingen, Marshall, North Texas and Waco. A Basic Machining Vocational Skills Achievement Award is available at campuses in Fort Bend, Marshall, and Waco County.
TSTC is so confident that the training its students receive during this program will lead to employment that Precision Machining Technology is part of the college’s money back guarantee. If graduates are not hired in their field within six months of graduation, TSTC will refund their tuition.
Registration for the fall semester is underway. For more information, visit tstc.edu.