Lincoln High School students will learn to make almost anything in the new iDesign CNC Machining program. They will be able to design automotive parts, jewelry, art, toys, iPod cradles, cell phone holders, industrial fixtures and household items such as candle stick holders on the computer in three dimensions.
Then using both manual and computerized machining equipment, students will be able to make their designs out of metal, wood or plastic. The skills they learn can be used after graduation in local jobs or provide practical experience as the foundation for future education in design, engineering and other technical careers. Watch the video. Read the blog.
Artists, product designers and manufacturing engineers design objects in 3D computer software which can direct the CNC machines to produce the items. CNC machines cut and drill metal, wood, plastic or industrial ceramic to make tools, industrial fixtures, home accessories such as candlestick holders or lamps, and auto components such as shafts, gears, flanges and valves.
With CNC machining, operators program a computer to position the raw material and direct the cutting motions. Once programmed, the part can easily be replicated. Manufacturers of electronics, aerospace components, telecommunication equipment and medical devices use CNC machining so skilled engineers, designers and CNC operators are highly paid and in-demand.
There will be several courses in the program that complement the programs at Sierra College and California State University Chico. With input from an employer advisory committee, instructor, Scott Seacrist will teach practical skills on new computers, manual mills and state-of-the-art CNC Haas equipment to prepare students for local employment and education programs.
The new courses will be an excellent foundation for those considering design, engineering, materials science and computer science BS degrees, those planning on earning a certificate or AA in Mechatronics or Engineering Support Technologies at Sierra College, (Learn more) and students interested in pursuing highly paid, local manufacturing careers directly after high school.
To learn more about the iDesign program at Lincoln High School, talk to Scott Seacrist, (916) 645-6360 or visit him in the Tech Shop. Organizations interested in supporting the program with tours, speakers, internships, equipment donation and funding can contact Sierra College CACT at (916) 660-7801.