New program offers students more opportunities

December 2015

Pictured is MCC student Dalton Robinson.

Dalton Robinson enjoyed his first class in 3D modeling at Mayland Community College’s Yancey Learning Center after changing his educational path. He is excited about the possibilities that the Applied Engineering Program offers for his future.

Robinson attended a four-year university after graduating high school and found that environment was not the best fit for him or his career goals. In high school Robinson had wanted to pursue a career in engineering. The timing worked out for Robinson to start classes in the Applied Engineering Program at MCC after he finished his time at the university. 

Robinson is especially interested in the mechanical side of the Applied Engineering Program.

“The fact that you can go from concept to reality is really interesting to see it all come together,” said Robinson discussing the class where students create 3D models on the computer and then are able to print out their work on 3D printers. “It’s creative in a sense,” said Robinson who created and printed tools during the course. “You can make your own designs that fit different needs.” 

MCC’s Applied Engineering Program prepares students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to solve technical problems in various types of industry. Graduates should qualify for employment in a wide range of positions in research and development, manufacturing, sales, design, inspection, or maintenance.

Robinson says the equipment in the program allows students to learn skills in the classroom that is needed on the job. Another important piece in the learning experience is the instructor for the courses. Robinson says he feels confident that his instructor, Lyndell Duvall, is knowledgeable on industry needs because he has worked in the field.

“Knowing how to use the machines allows us [students] to be one step ahead of others and builds our confidence in what we can do on the job,” said Robinson. “I’m not sure where this program will lead me career wise, but there are so many possibilities available.”

Robinson also noted that local companies are interested in this new program and the graduates. Local industry support has made an impression on students.

“We are really encouraged in our education since local companies have made an effort to support the program’s development as well as financially assist with equipment for training,” said Robinson. “This Applied Engineering Program is a big opportunity for our area—this is the way the future is going and as students we are the future.”