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SOWELA Launches Machine Tool Technology Program with Focus on Machining and Millwright


Machine Tool Tech Registration for Fall 2020 Open through Aug. 17

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – July 28, 2020

SOWELA Technical Community College is expanding its School of Transportation and Applied Technology with the addition of a new Machine Tool Technology Program at its main campus in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The goal of the Machine Tool Tech program is to prepare students to install conveyor systems, connect machinery to power supplies and piping, direct hoisting and setting of machines, and adjust the moving and stationary parts of machines to certain specifications. Students will also learn to shape metal parts on lathes, grinders, drill presses, milling machines and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines. Those who finish the new program will receive an Associate of Applied Science or Technical Diploma in Machine Tool Technology. The program is based on the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum, the gold standard for instruction.

Specifically, students who successfully complete the Associate of Applied Science or the Technical Diploma in Machine Tool Technology will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required for an entry-level machinist/millwright position.
  • Demonstrate ability to install conveyor systems, connect machinery to power supplies and piping, direct hoisting and setting of machines, adjust the moving and stationary parts of machines to certain specifications.
  • Demonstrate ability to shape metal parts on lathes, grinders, drill presses, milling machines and computer numerical controlled machines.
  • Demonstrate ability to troubleshoot and repair pumps, gearboxes, and compressors.

Machine tool technology industry job projects show an estimated growth of 7.1% nationally between 2012 and 2022 and an additional 2% by 2024 based on data and projections available from Career Explorer. The new specialized program aims to help fill the expected increase in machine tool tech jobs.

“SOWELA worked with industry to develop the Machine Tool Technology program to meet their workforce needs. It provides students with inside and outside machinist experience, which gives them the skills needed to make, install and operate various parts,” said Dr. William Mayo, Dean of the School of Transportation and Applied Technology, “While SOWELA has offered millwright and machinist training for decades, the newly added associate’s degree, allows graduates to advance into leadership roles in this profession.”

Registration for the Machine Tool Technology Program is currently open and applicants who sign up by Aug. 17 will receive a $500 discount on their fall tuition costs. Those interested in learning more or enrolling can visit https://www.sowela.edu/programs/school-of-transportation-applied-technology/machine-tool-technology/.

About SOWELA Technical Community College
SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years.