Companies Partner to Provide Students with Advanced Machining Technology

The VU College of Technology has chosen Hurco as its CNC machine tool of choice.

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Hurco Companies Inc. and Vincennes University (VU), Indiana’s first college, have formed a partnership that will further manufacturing education in Indiana. The VU College of Technology has chosen Hurco as its CNC machine tool of choice. Students pursuing a degree in precision machining technology will benefit from the most advanced machining technology available with access to 15 Hurco CNC machine tools.

VU has one of the few programs in the United States that offers specialized training in manual machining, CNC machining, metal stamping die and plastic injection mold building, explains Art Haase, dean of the VU College of Technology.

The Hurco CNC machining centers and turning centers will replace the Haas equipment that has been in the Precision Machining Lab at VU for 10 years. 

With more than 1,600 hours of hands-on experience, students have the opportunity to develop a solid background in machine shop practices, as well as learn the setup and operation for all basic types of manual and CNC machine tools. Classroom discussions focus on theory, terminology and calculations.

Precision Machining Technology graduates have the option of applying for acceptance into a 14 week summer session, Advanced CNC Machining & Programming, providing them with an additional 600 hours of hands on CNC training, as well as a second Associates degree.

Starting salaries for VU’s Precision Machining graduates average in the $40,000 to $50,000 range with some far exceeding this. Job opportunities are excellent, with virtually 100 percent placement.