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Published on September 26th, 2016 | by editor


Man vs. Machine: Wright College Humboldt Park attends the IMTS 2016 Expo

Over 100,000 people attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show at the McCormick Place in Chicago. The week-long event drew people from all over the country, including staff and students from Wright College Humboldt Park. The show ran from September 12th though September 17th and taught industrial decision-makers how to keep up with the latest technology and stay ahead of their competitors. At the expo, several advanced machining companies were present, including Fanuc, Mazak, Haas, Makino, Toyoda, Okuma and many more, featuring manufacturing technology needed for the aerospace, automotive, machine shop, medical and power generation industry.hp-staff_students

Billy McFarland is the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Manufacturing program coordinator at Humboldt Park. He wanted his students to see the real world applications of machinery that they are trained on.

“My CNC students need to know the type of career opportunities that the pathways of manufacturing lead to. There is a symbiotic relationship between advanced manufacturing and IT, technology makes it so one cannot exist without the other,” McFarland said.

Nathaniel Simon, a south side Chicago native, and student in the CNC program daytime cohort, is pursuing his basic operator and programming certificate at Wright College Humboldt Park. The certificate will teach him how to set up and run a lathe or mill machine. As a former CNC operator himself, he looks forward to a high-paying salary as he advances in education.

axiom-3d-image“I was blown away by a 3D printed car, I’ve never seen anything like that. I see the opportunities are limitless in this industry and this expo has made me reassess my career outlook,” Simon said.

Humboldt Park recently purchased a brand new Axiom 3D printer machine, the latest trend in the industry that enables engineers and machinists to create and design with the use of plastic feedstock to print a 3D image. This process is called “Additive Manufacturing” where a digital 3D design is used to build up a component in layers by depositing material. The Axiom 3D machine can create anything that is drawn.

Margaret Sobieralski currently attends the daytime cohort class taught by her instructor, Carmen Petrosino. She attended the expo, and is one of three female students overall, enrolled in the CNC program at Humboldt Park, while also taking engineering classes at IIT. On the machine shop floor, she learns a machinist’s job and the limitations of what happens on the floor from an engineering perspective. Attending the expo, highlighted the importance and need for more women in a seemingly male-dominated field.b-mcfarland-lflyater-c-petrosino

“This expo kills the stigma that the manufacturing industry is a dirty environment, it’s not gender exclusive, but it’s high-tech with intelligent people behind the work. This place informs you that it’s a never-ending learning cycle.” Petrosino said.

As Humboldt Park’s students walked through the show rooms floors that highlighted all of the latest technology available that thrives in manufacturing, they grasped the importance of the education they’re receiving and how it impacts everyday life as things will always need made. Humboldt Park is grateful for the CNC manufacturing program and hopes the IMTS expo motivated them to pursue their dreams and future careers.


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