By Taki S. Raton
The MATC Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 700 West State Street, announces their ten week career training program respectively in Machine Tooling and Welding. Sponsored by the School of Technology and Applied Sciences, information sessions are planned for Tuesday, April 22 from 10:30 to 12:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., both in MATC’s T Auditorium, 1101 North Sixth Street.
Those attending information sessions will received assistance in enrolling in the Machine Tooling or Welding Programs, assistance in applying for financial aid, requirements for the Technical Diploma and Associate Degree Programs, and awarding of the Training Program Certificate upon successful course completion. “MATC is creating entry-level short-term Engine lathe, Milling and Welding Training certificate programs that include, blueprint reading, hands-on application, and support math courses,” says Louise Small-Hamilton, Senior Specialist in the School of Technology and Applied Sciences.
She adds that the machine tooling and welding programs are designed “to assist low-skilled workers gain entry-level training for a rewarding manufacturing career.” Funded through a Department of Labor Making the Future Grant, The Machine Tooling initiative awards the Engine Late Training Program Certificate and the Milling Training Program Certificate. Students in the Engine Lathe Training Program will learn applicable manufacturing safety skills, machine tooling blueprint reading and machine trades mathematics. Participants in the Engine Lathe 1 & 2 courses will be instructed in manual machinery operation and standard machine tooling practices.
An engine lathe operator uses hand tools, performs benchwork, arranges and organizes jobs for inspection of parts. Accurate measurements and calculations will be a standard requirement in addition to the manual dexterity necessary to operate engine lathe machinery, drilling presses and grinding machines.
The milling operator is also trained in the use of hand tools, benchwork, and organizes the manual vertical milling machine for basic parts inspection. The operation of a cut off or vertical band saw is a common utility of this machine tooling trade.
Additional to safety skills, blueprint reading, and machine trades math, Manual Vertical Milling 1 & 2 will offer instruction in milling machine setup, tooling, and standard machine tooling practices. Also funded through the Department of Labor grant, the Gas Metal Arc Welding course introduce trainees to the skill of making weldments using gas metal arc core and flux core welding processes. Welders use a variety of welding equipment to perform flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead welds. Skilled welders generally plan work from drawings or specifications using knowledge of metals to analyze the parts to be joined. Operators are able to select and set up their welding equipment, execute the planned welds, and examine welds to ensure that proper standards and specifications have been met.
Each of the three described training opportunities will offer academic support to assist students in the cultivation of math skills towards successful completion of each program. For additional information to include site location, tuition, required credit hours, diploma and Associate Degree related programs and career pathways, please contact Small-Hamilton at (414) 297-7137 or ‘Elan Namath at (414) 297-6655.
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