AMP Alliance for Machining Professionals


Calhoun AMP’s up the Year with Brand New Advanced Machine Tool Program

February 5, 2020

Calhoun Community College recently launched AMP, the Alliance for Machining Professionals program that will kick-off its first-class fall semester 2020.

“With a huge industry gap and desperate need to fill hundreds of open positions for machinists, Calhoun administrators and industry partners collaborated to create AMP”, commented John Holley, Calhoun Dean of Technologies. “Discussions for the program began in 2017, so we are excited to roll it out in the upcoming fall semester”, added Holley.

The AMP programs differ from Calhoun’s traditional CNC Machine Tool program as it offers eight new advanced classes to the curriculum. “Students accepted into this program attend class two days a week for an average of 8 hours per day and get paid while working with one of our industry partners three days a week,” commented Tad Montgomery, Calhoun Machine Tool Technology Instructor. According to Montgomery, companies such as Brown Precision, Inc., ATI, Dynetics, IN’TECH America, and M&J Precision are some of the industry partners that train our students on-site as well as offer jobs once they complete the program.

Advanced training in this program includes soft skill exercises such as lean manufacturing processes and problem-solving. Participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) is also incorporated into the curriculum such as BEST Center, Robotics Career Technical Coursework and Project Lead the Way.

For consideration into the program, applicants must be eligible to take Math 100 and English 101 at Calhoun. Students are also required to sign a commitment towards consistent attendance, wear proper attire, and display professional behavior. “We try to format the program to replicate a real-life, on-the-job experience. Students are required to track their hours by clocking in out and using thumbprint technology,” added Montgomery.

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AMP Alliance for Machining Professionals