2017-09-29 / Community

New SMCC program to offer tours

Southern Maine Community College’s Precision Machining & Manufacturing program is opening its doors to school groups, organizations, individuals and others as part of Maine Manufacturing Day.

Visitors are invited to tour SMCC’s manufacturing training facility, see manufacturing students at work and view the college’s state-of-the-art machines anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. That is the same day as Maine Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of skilled manufacturing workers.

“Our program has the same machines used by manufacturers in aerospace, defense, automotive, power generation, medical and other advanced-technology industries,” said John Bolduc, chairman of the Precision Machining & Manufacturing program. “There has been much talk about the shortage of skilled workers qualified to work in advanced manufacturing. Through our lab and our academic program, we are helping address this labor supply gap and contribute to Maine’s economy.”

SMCC is among the many businesses and organizations statewide that are participating in Maine Manufacturing Day, with this year’s focus on students and technology. The Manufacturers Association of Maine says the day is a way to draw attention to what kinds of jobs are available in manufacturing and what skills and education are needed to qualify for those jobs.

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