WPCC AMOH fn 032614Morganton, NC –Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) is hosting its second annual Advanced Manufacturing Open House on Tuesday, April 8 in coordination with North Carolina Manufacturing Awareness Week.  As a career option, Advanced Manufacturing is modern, sophisticated and uses cutting edge technology to create products used in fields such as automotive, aviation and industrial products.  The public is invited to visit WPCC’s main campus to see how the College is supporting advanced manufacturing in Burke County and to learn how to prepare for a career in this important business sector.  The free event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. on the College campus at 1001 Burkemont Avenue.


Attendees will learn about pathways to careers from College instructors from the program areas of Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering,   Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Integrated Machining Technology, Sustainability Technologies, and Welding.  In addition, business and industry representatives will be available to discuss career options.  Attendees may also participate in hands-on demonstrations of advanced manufacturing equipment with the help of WPCC students as well as visit the College’s Engineering Program Labs and view student projects.


In addition to gaining information on programs of study supporting the manufacturing sector, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the campus and visit with instructors in other programs of study during the open house.  Students interested in Associate in Arts and Associate in Fine Arts degree options can also learn about transfer opportunities at the event.


At 7:15 p.m., the public is invited to hear Harry Moser, national expert on “reshoring,” the trend to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States, at a presentation in Leviton Auditorium on the College campus.  Moser founded the Reshoring Initiative in 2010 to bring those jobs back after his forty-year manufacturing career at organizations like GE, Rotofinish and GF AgieCharmilles.  Often referred to as “Mr. Reshoring,” Moser was inducted into the Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2010 and was named Quality Magazine’s Quality Professional of the Year in 2012.  He participated in President Obama’s Insourcing Forum in 2012 and won the January 2013 The Economist debate on outsourcing and offshoring.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a master of science in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master of business administration from the University of Chicago.


To learn more about WPCC’s support of advanced manufacturing careers, contact Michael Daniels, WPCC Science, Engineering & Mathematics Dean, at (828) 448-3564 or mdaniels@wpcc.edu or Brandon Hensley, WPCC Computer Integrated Machining Technology instructor, at (828) 448-3583 or bhensley@wpcc.edu.


WPCC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make every effort to honor reasonable requests made by individuals with qualifying disabilities. Accommodations must be requested three business days in advance of school events or activities through the Office of Disability Services in Room 126 Hildebrand Hall or call 828-448-3154.


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Western Piedmont Community College is situated in the picturesque rolling foothills of Morganton, North Carolina, and has served the citizens of Burke County since 1964.  Each year, more than 10,700 students pursue personal enrichment, new skills for a job or career, high school diplomas, college degrees, and transfer pathways. The application due date for new students for the Summer Semester is Friday, April 18.  Apply online or visit the Western Piedmont campus to apply in person.