Virginia gets boost to precision machining

According to Virginia news source the Danville Register & Bee, a recently announced project in Danville, called "the Capstone," looks to promote precision machining work in that state.

The source states that Danville Community College (DCC) will be the host to an initiative that draws from partnerships with other local organizations to encourage students to take up this work.

This particular program seems to have practicality and real-world applications at the forefront of its concerns. The Register & Bee features comments from DCC President Bruce Scism, who emphasizes the way his institution hopes to gear students toward the real factory experience in this educational setting.

"If we could replicate the floor of the facility, students will understand the whole flow process, and begin to see how it all fits together," he said. "That teaches things like teamwork and business acumen, so our students come out of the program a notch above everyone else."

Another thing that precision machining programs might want to emphasize are the different ways these skills can be put into use on various modern projects.

In Wired, Klint Finley recently profiled one company that wants to use perfectly honed electronics and machinery to set up agricultural systems that are run by automation and help maintain gardens and farms. 

Machine shops need to be open to the custom manufacturing opportunities that these developments might lead to later on. From inception to final production, having the right machinists on the job can help companies bring their innovations to life and contribute to their local economy and community.