Students studying engineering and advanced manufacturing technology attended a meeting of the local NSPE chapter on Feb. 1. They are pictured with Engineering Technology Professor Dom Defino, far left, who was the guest speaker for the evening.
West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Engineering and Engineering Technology students had a career-building opportunity on Feb. 1. They were invited to the quarterly meeting of the Professional Engineers Society of Mercer County, a local chapter of the State and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). The dinner event was held at the MCCC Conference Center on the West Windsor Campus.
According to James Maccariella, Ph.D., P.E., coordinator of Engineering programs, students responded enthusiastically to the invitation. “This was a great opportunity for our aspiring engineers to be in the room with career engineers. They had a chance to network and to hear from those out in the field and to develop stronger social connections with their classmates,” Maccariella said.
Professor Dominick Defino, P.E., coordinator of the Electronics Engineering Technology program, was the guest speaker for the evening. His topic was MCCC's Advanced Manufacturing program and the progress being made on the construction of the Advanced Manufacturing Lab on the West Windsor Campus. The building will open in Fall, 2017.
Defino described the program curriculum and the state-of-the-art learning environment that the lab will provide. The $1.2 million, 3,000-square-foot facility will feature high-tech machining equipment, including CNC Machines, mills, lathes, saws, grinders and presses as well as a classroom with workbenches and computers. Additionally there will be a room devoted to 3D printers. Upon completion, students will be eligible for NIMS certification.
Defino notes that there is a demand in the manufacturing field for skilled workers who can install, operate and maintain this type of advanced equipment. The program is designed to prepare students for positions in shops and manufacturing facilities.
MCCC currently offers a certificate of proficiency in Advanced Manufacturing Technology, but will expand the program to enable students to earn their associate degree in the field this fall. Graduates will then be able to complete their bachelor's degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Maccariella currently serves as a Chapter Trustee of the Professional Engineers Society of Mercer County and promotes the organization among his students as a way to explore career options and advances in the field. Founded in 1934, the NSPE strengthens the engineering profession by promoting engineering licensure and ethics, enhancing the engineer image, advocating and protecting PEs' legal rights at the national and state levels, publishing news of the profession, providing continuing education opportunities, and much more. NSPE serves 45,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and over 500 local chapters.
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