If you’ve ever wanted to build a robot, make a prototype with precision or pursue a career in machining and technology, now is the time.
Hacker Lab is offering full Hacker Lab access to enrollees of Sac City College’s course in CNC machining as part of its push to increase the community college’s enrollment and drive larger partnerships between maker spaces and local education institutions.
The course, which runs from Aug. 24 to Dec. 19 from 6 - 8:50 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, will teach students to construct a product. On the last day, students will be invited to interview for open entry-level CNC operator positions.
Additional courses with enrollment open under the partnership include an introduction to design thinking and fabrication, “Intro to Making;” and an introduction to coding, data types and app development, “App Development with Swift.” Enroll today; several start this week.
CNC, or Computerized Numerical Control, allows individuals to take raw materials and turn them into auto parts, table brackets and just about anything you can think of. CNC operators range from hobbyists to advanced-manufacturers.
"It's a great skill for engineers to know to support their design work. It allows you to make prototypes yourself. That's irreplaceable," said Ousema Zayat, a member of the Sac City College Makerspace student staff. "Even if you're in a big company, knowing how to do that will make you more valuable and efficient."
Earlier this month, Sac City loaned a Tormach 700 CNC machine to HL. Thanks from all of us at Hacker Lab to SCC!
Zayat, speaking at a meeting to move the Tormach, said the CNC program was a great skill for him since he's helped start the SCC Robotics Club launching this semester.
"We began planning last semester after the current president visited the makerspace," Zayat said. "It's valuable for students to have fun projects."
Students will learn to operate the PCNC 440 program with PathPilot, a program that interfaces with most popular CAD/CAM systems; as well as MDX-50, a rapid-prototyping machine with no programming skills required.
Instructor Neal Richman brings 45 years of machining experience, starting his machinist career in 1974. Richman trained employees over the past 20 years as a Senior Research and Development Technician for local manufacturer Tri Tool.
The course is supported by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative, a group of area manufacturers seeing employment needs rise for CNC machinists and connecting students to prospective employers.