Mid’s Advanced Integrated Manufacturing Program (AIM) recently received a donation from the Central Michigan Manufacturers Association (CMMA) of a FESTO Mechatronics Lab valued at $9,000.
“This equipment will allow students to train hands-on in pneumatics, hydraulics, and programmable logic controllers,” explained Shawn Troy, Dean of Workforce & Career Education at Mid. “We’re excited to provide our students with industry-standard equipment that simulates real-world manufacturing applications.”
Mid’s AIM Program offers five distinct pathways including automation/robotics, manufacturing management, plastics technology, precision machining, and welding. Students learn hands-on in modernized labs featuring high-tech robotics, industry 4.0 technology, and precision machinery. Flexible course delivery formats with open lab hours give students the flexibility they need, and industry-recognized certifications from partners like Starrett, Snap-on, Lincoln Welding, FANUC Robotics, and others prepare them for success.
“This donation represents yet another foundational piece of the AIM program that our students will experience hands-on as we prepare them for highly-skilled, manufacturing positions” noted Jess King, AIM Full-Time Faculty.
Mid Michigan College and the CMMA launched an official partnership in 2016, in an effort to better prepare students, meet the needs of local employers, and to strengthen the training-to-employment pipeline in the manufacturing sector.
The CMMA is a network of manufacturing organizations created to exchange ideas and information and to promote manufacturing’s opportunities and contributions to the region, and is led by Harry Leaver, who has over 15 years of experience in higher education and over 35 years in the manufacturing industry.
“The Mid + CMMA partnership is yielding great results for students and employers,” Leaver remarked. “This equipment will bring in-demand skills to life for students and all of us at the CMMA look forward to the continued expansion of opportunities available at Mid through this partnership.”