Qualifying students to be productive right out of the gate for industry leading jobs.
With the current trend of reshoring coupled with the ongoing problem of a shortage of skilled workers, the need to train future machinists is paramount to fill growing gaps in the domestic work force. A new employee needs to be productive right out of the gate and run their machine with minimum supervision.
However, the reality is that manufacturing is running very lean and there are few training resources available. Since the desired outcome is to have a worker that can setup and run a CNC machine effectively, it makes sense that the bulk of the education provides the necessary knowledge and hands-on experience. Community and technical colleges and vocational schools are convenient and economical sources for students to get the training they need.
As the leading CNC manufacturer in the industry with the largest installed base, students are most likely going to be using a FANUC CNC when they enter the workforce. So, it only makes sense that they are taught on FANUC CNCs in school. As a result, FANUC is engaging with the educational community to assist them in providing the best possible training to ensure that the students have the skills required by industry.
After consulting with education experts, FANUC America has created a new FANUC CNC Education Certification Training program focusing on making sure that students that qualify have learned suitable skills from a FANUC certified instructor, teaching a FANUC approved curriculum, and using genuine FANUC CNC equipment. For a basic CNC G-code class, NCGuide Academic Packages may be sufficient, but for hands-on lathe and machining center courses, more than 50% of their shop work must be completed using machines with a FANUC CNC.
FANUC has produced NCGuide Academic Packages that provide our very latest CNC technology running on a PC. Students can gain experience with the most popular 0i-Model D control that is available on a wide range of commodity milling and turning machines and with the advanced 31i-Model B controls provided on the worlds most advanced machine tools.
The aim of the FANUC CNC Certified Education program is to:
- Promote advanced manufacturing by attracting and engaging students
- Address the demand for skilled operators that have FANUC experience
- Provide the tools and knowledge that are essential for the development of educational methods and processes
- Add value to students resumes to seek higher paying jobs
- Add value to academic programs to help them attract new talent
- Provide an industry standard that employers can use to determine the competency of new recruits
- Industry standard components
- Teaching principles of CNC programming, setup and operation
- Compact and portable
- Affordable training solution
To accompany the FANUC CNC CERTIFIED EDUCATION program, schools should utilize machine tools using FANUC CNC controls, FANUC NCGuide simulation software and / or FANUC hardware simulators. In addition, other FANUC software tools may aid tuition in the classroom environment. Curriculum for milling and turning that includes basic setup, programming and operation and instructor training to learn the fundamentals of FANUC CNC controls will ensure the quality of instruction and consistency of training material. With this certification, students can learn the fundamentals of advanced engineering and manufacturing concepts by utilizing the same CNC controls and software that are used in industry. Schools can integrate the FANUC CNC CERTIFIED EDUCATION training into their own programs and initiatives as a stackable credential recognized by industry.
Some of the successful approaches used by educational institutions are:
- Add CNC programming, setup and operation to facilitate learning to Career Technical Education programs
- Integrate FANUC CNC’s Education Program to engineering technology curriculum
- Add FANUC CNC’s Education Program to community workforce retraining initiatives
FANUC’s products have been utilized in many industry segments and are applicable for many academic purposes. With this in mind, each academic partner individually determines how to implement FANUC’s CNC certified education into their program(s) or initiatives. Some successful approaches used by educational institutions worldwide are for integration of CNC machine tools, including machining centers and lathes to help teach manufacturing concepts within an approved curriculum.
Typical programs that are currently integrating CNC within the curriculum are:
- Industrial, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering or Technology degrees
- Digital Manufacturing, Lean Manufacturing and Manufacturing Management programs
- CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Technology
- Manufacturing technology
- Applied technology and apprenticeship
With over 2.4 million systems installed, FANUC is the undeniable global leader in CNC, advanced manufacturing and automation.. Reason being is that we provide our customers the most innovative, reliable and high-performance products, backed by world-class service and support.
We realize that it also takes qualified machinists, programmers and operators to maximize productivity. To meet this need, FANUC has developed the most robust CNC certified education training program in the industry.
NCGuide Academic Packages are authentic simulations of FANUC CNCs that run on a PC. They are available with single or multi-seat licenses. This is the ideal solution for an education institution room or a dedicated training room.
NCGuide and NCGuide Academic Packages provide a realistic operation and part programming environment at a fraction of the cost of using a production machine tool. This translates into lower costs. They support both conventional G-code programming, including canned cycles and custom macros, and FANUC’s conversational programming, MANUAL GUIDE i.
Comprehension and retention is enhanced as students perform repetitive hands-on exercises in an ergonomically friendly environment, away from the noise of the factory floor. Operators, programmers, and maintenance engineers can all practice common procedures and develop optimized processes without risks to people, tooling or machines.
If you want to train students to be productive employees right out of the gate, upgrade your education programs with FANUC Certified Education Training!