A student training programme, the Innovative Solutions Technology Center, has been established in the Philippines in a joint project between Rosco Machine Shop and Delcam’s local Sales Partner, Partmaker Software Sales & Services.
The programme aims to supplement and further enhance the technical skills and practical knowledge of students from the Technological University of the Philippines, Bulacan State University and Don Bosco Technical School in Tondo Manila. It will help improve the quality of the technical graduates they produce so the students can compete locally and globally in terms of skills and experience.
The idea of creating this centre was conceived by Mr. Augusto Uy and his wife Maria Uy, owners of Rosco Machine Shop. The couple recognised the efforts exerted by their employees in helping them grow from a simple backyard operation into a significant business so they began to offer scholarships to deserving employees’ children.
With the company’s expansion, many technical schools and universities in Manila and nearby provinces approached Mr. and Mrs. Uy for on-the-job training of their students. The couple saw the potential in these student trainees, finding them hard working and willing to learn, so they decided to fulfil another dream by establishing the training centre.
The first training sessions covered different conventional and CNC machines, including manual programming using G-codes. Subsequently, the courses progressed into computer-aided technology and, most recently, into multi-axis machining.
The couple became aware of Delcam’s software during the PDMAEC 2009 exhibition in Manila. A simultaneous multi-axis machine that they were planning to buy was on display, machining an impellor programmed using the software. A partnership was established with Partmaker Software Sales & Services and, subsequently, Delcam’s FeatureCAM feature-based programming system became a part of the training curriculum.
The first FeatureCAM training started in August 2010, with 30 students from the three chosen schools. It coincided with a visit by the FeatureCAM application manager, Kyle Kershaw from Delcam USA, who presented certificates to the students. It is planned to continue with at least two courses each year in the software.
"The success of this programme proves that there are still good people who are willing to help and share what they have with those less fortunate than themselves,” commented Belen de la Pena from Partmaker. "It has been a pleasure to work with Mr. and Mrs. Uy on this endeavour.”
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