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Advanced Manufacturing Program in Aurora, CO

(Formerly Precision Machining)

The Advanced Manufacturing Program consists of classroom and shop learning experiences which will permit the student successfully completing the program to be qualified as an entry level machinist and/or a manufacturing specialist.

Major contact areas covered in the program are machine shop safety, measuring instruments, blueprint reading, operations of general machine tools; such as, mill, lathes grinders, 3D printers, laser engraving, and heating.

In addition, students will gain valuable experience in the Job Shop course through the design and production for actual customer projects.

A focal point of the Advanced Manufacturing Program is instruction in the programming, set-up, and operation of Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines.

Apprenticeships may be available with local manufacturing shops and businesses.

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Instructor Michael Townsend

Michael Townsend is the Advanced Manufacturing Instructor who works with students to learn the basics of manufacturing in a professional shop environment.

TEACHING BACKGROUND
Mr. Townsend has taught at Pickens for 20 years. He came to Pickens as a student and then began working at Honeywell Test Instrument Division. At that time his position was sponsored by the US Department of Labor’s Journeyman Apprenticeship Program.

INDUSTRY BACKGROUND
Mr. Townsend has worked in the manufacturing industry for 34 years. During that time, he has manufactured and built parts for numerous aerospace and military applications.

Mr. Townsend is a Journeyman Machinist and currently works part time for Sypris Data Systems. He is a Senior Machinist there.

MESSAGE FROM MR. TOWNSEND
Mr. Townsend feels that Pickens Technical College is the best place to learn the necessary skills and take that knowledge forward to have a rewarding and lasting career.

Evening Instructor Sean Hennessy

TEACHING BACKGROUND:
Mr. Hennessy began teaching when he was asked (on the job) to train new machine shop employees. Since then he has taught both at Front Range Community College and here at Pickens. He has been teaching for 7 years.

INDUSTRY BACKGROUND:
Before becoming an Advanced Manufacturing teacher, Mr. Hennessy was a Program Planning Director for an Aerospace / DOD contractor for 10 years. He was in charge of the machine shop work-flow as well as serving as the lead programmer for the CNC machining centers in the shop. He is used to working in fast paced jobs and is able to produce high quality, precise components.

Mr. Hennessy feels that as well as being fast paced, the Machine Trades are so vast that no two weeks are ever the same. In fact, using his creativity and producing something of value for the customer is what Mr. Hennessy enjoys most about Advanced Manufacturing.

Mr. Hennessy has experience in the following areas:
Machining Cell Lead
Machining High Tolerance Aerospace Components
Mastercam Programming
SolidWorks CAD design for inventors and industry leaders

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS AND/OR DEGREES:
Journeyman Machinist
Mastercam
Solidworks

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