New Technology, New Partnerships, New Programs

July 2015

Mayland Community College announces a joint investment opportunity with BRP of Spruce Pine. The funds given to the College by BRP used to purchase Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technology for the College’s newly opened Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School at the Yancey Learning Center.

This 3D metal printing equipment will assist students in creating projects from concept to reality by printing 3D prototypes of designs. This equipment is also expected to be utilized by local industries. MCC is currently the only community college in North Carolina to utilize this piece of equipment in its training.

“This new piece of technology will take training in our region to the next level,” said Dr. John Boyd, Mayland Community College President. “It will provide training and services to our students, local industry, and entrepreneurs.”

The new Applied Engineering Technology curriculum at MCC will prepare students to become engineering technicians who work in product design, research and development, quality control, equipment engineering and maintenance, or other fields related to advanced manufacturing. Students will learn to apply the advanced technologies essential for companies who wish to become or remain competitive in a global economy. Emphasis is given to hands-on experience using cutting-edge technology and equipment.

 Local industry representatives played a role in the implementation, development and work that went into the facility and type of training that will be offered in the AAMS.

The AAMS houses the Altec Advanced Design Center and the Altec Advanced Welding Lab, the BRP Advanced Machining Lab, and the Phillips Advanced Technology Lab for mechatronics and robotics as well as a manual machining facility and associated classrooms, including Glen Raven classrooms. The Altec Advanced Design Lab consists of computers running 3D design software including SolidWorks and MasterCAM and utilizes a Stratasys 1200es prototyping machine. The BRP Advanced Machining Lab features Haas equipment including a lathe, a 3-axis vertical mill and a 5-axis machining center. The Phillips Advanced Technology Lab will include equipment for mechatronics and robotics. It features a computerized assembly system that utilizes real-world mechanical and electronic technologies used today in modern manufacturing environments. The automated assembly system is integrated with a Fanuc robotic arm.

Students entering the program may choose a technology-specific area in which to concentrate including 3D Design, CNC Machining, or Robotics and Mechatronics. Students may also choose to blend courses from various technologies. All Applied Engineering students, regardless of concentration, will develop a core set of skills that are critical for all technicians across a variety of engineering fields. 

Duke Energy also gave financial support to MCC from the Duke Energy Foundation for the DMLS technology purchase. This grant is part of Duke Energy’s $30 million investment in North Carolina’s Community Colleges’ focus on technical education and support of business and industry.