Okuma America, Rowan-Cabarrus partner for machine tool training academy
The Okuma-Rowan-Cabarrus partnership will provide technical training to Okuma customers, distributors, and employees at the new Okuma Machine Tool Academy (OMTA) located within the College’s Advanced Technology Center on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C. The Okuma Machine Tool Academy is expected to house several Okuma flagship products, including an Okuma LB3000 EX II horizontal lathe and an Okuma GENOS M460V-5AX 5-axis vertical machining center. Courses are planned to commence in October 2021 and will be offered in three focus areas: electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance, and programming and operations. All courses will be led in-person by a full-time instructor, and online and hybrid course offerings will be made available in the future.
The state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Center opened its doors in 2019 and is over 53,000ft2 in size. It provides various classrooms, collaboration spaces and lounges for program participants to utilize. The Okuma Machine Tool Academy was built specifically for industrial machine tool training and is equipped with overhead utilities and 6” level concrete floors to support flexible machine layouts and configurations.
Ira Busman, vice president of customer service at Okuma, expressed his excitement about the program – “Providing robust training and ongoing educational tools for our customers is one way that Okuma fulfills our mission of passionately pursuing a customer for life. We are very excited about the alliance with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the modern tools and services they can provide at the new ATC facility.”
The Okuma Machine Tool Academy is conveniently located less than 30 minutes away from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and is steps away from various lodging, restaurant and entertainment options in downtown Kannapolis, N.C. Program participants also have the option to incorporate a visit to Charlotte, N.C., to tour Okuma America Corp.'s headquarters, and to visit Welcome, N.C., to experience the campus of Okuma’s official NASCAR partner, Richard Childress Racing.
“Rowan-Cabarrus is thrilled to partner with Okuma to provide an outstanding location for the training academy at the College’s Advanced Technology Center located in Kannapolis,” says Rowan-Cabarrus President Dr. Carol Spalding. “By collaborating to offer these training opportunities, Okuma and Rowan-Cabarrus will be helping tomorrow’s professionals develop top-notch skills. We are excited to welcome future participants to the North Carolina Research Campus.”
Future updates about the training courses will be shared at okuma.com/training.