New materials equipment arrives at Penn State DuBois
DuBois – Ross Kester, Senior Instructor in Engineering at Penn State DuBois, wonders how this Christmas will ever top the feeling he had this summer when brand-new equipment arrived for the campus Engineering Technology laboratory. Two HAAS Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines were delivered June 30.
A new 30-ton press, painted "Penn State blue" and donated by Gasbarre Products Inc. of DuBois, was also recently delivered, according to Steve Johnson, Instructor in Engineering. Now both instructors can't wait for the fall semester to start, when the students in Mechanical Engineering Technology (2MET) and Material Engineering Technology (2MATE) get hands-on experience on pertinent equipment as they study properties of metals, ceramics and composites.
The new equipment was purchased through a $106,000 Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry grant. According to Penn State DuBois Chancellor Anita McDonald, the grant required local match, which was partially secured via the Gasbarre Press donation.
"Penn State DuBois will utilize this equipment to better prepare our students to work in area industries and to enhance the research and development capabilities of industries in our region," McDonald said.
The MET students will be using the CNC equipment to perform CNC programming and tooling/fixture exercises. Through the use of the new CNC equipment, the MET students will be gaining valuable experience to prepare them for their future jobs in industry. In addition to the CNCs and the donated press, Penn State DuBois has also acquired an automated metallographic sample preparation unit and a rapid prototyping unit. The MET program will be incorporating a Dimension BST 768 rapid prototype unit into their curriculum this fall. This unit will permit the students to create a durable ABS Plastic model of the products they design, Kester said.
"The creation of a prototype is a valuable aid when launching a new product," Kester said. "With the tangible model to view, the product launch team can predict potential problem areas in the production of a product."
In the 2MET courses, students build a fundamental background in physics, math and statistics, then acquire hands-on laboratory experience on CNC machines, non-destructive testing of materials, the analysis of manufacturing processes using the techniques of statistical process control, and the design of production tools using the latest computer-aided drafting equipment. The 2MATE program offers technical courses that expose the student to the "materials" industry, as well as provide knowledge in the use of computers, electronics, and drafting. Graduates of the programs receive an associate's degree in engineering technology.
For more information on engineering programs offered at Penn State DuBois, contact the Office of Enrollment Services at (814) 375-4720 or visit http://www.ds.psu.edu/ on the internet.