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Seminar Augments Manufacturing Students’ Industry Perspective


Manufacturing students at Pennsylvania College of Technology supplemented their classroom and extensive hands-on lab work by attending a recent seminar at the institution.

Chris Washinger, a cutting tool applications engineer for Iscar Metals, talks with students during a seminar in the automated manufacturing lab.
Chris Washinger, a cutting tool applications engineer for Iscar Metals, talks with students during a seminar in the automated manufacturing lab.
On a CNC milling machine, Rick Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, provides demonstrations to complement Washinger’s insights.
On a CNC milling machine, Rick Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, provides demonstrations to complement Washinger’s insights.

Approximately 36 students enrolled in the CNC Applications course heard from Chris Washinger, a cutting tool applications engineer for Iscar Metals, the second largest supplier of metal cutting tools worldwide. Washinger discussed and demonstrated the proper selection of cutting tools and how to calculate cutting speeds for CNC milling machines during his two 150-minute sessions.

“We are committed to offering seminars for our students, so they gain additional industry insight,” said Rick Hendricks, an instructor of automated manufacturing and machining.  “It’s another reason that our manufacturing students are in such demand by industry upon graduation.”

Penn College offers an associate’s degree in automated manufacturing technology and a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology.

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