WILLIAMSVILLE—For the past four years, students of Erie Community College’s celebrated Industrial Technology Program have enjoyed fall seasons full of awards on the national stage of Mastercam’s Wildest Parts design competition. This year, they added the 2013 competition’s top honor to their ongoing pile of prizes.
In a field open to students from over 74, 000 schools around the country, ECC’s Robert Busch notched first place honors in the decades-old contest’s Postsecondary Division. This is the fifth year in-a-row that an ECC student has been awarded either first, second or third place in the event, which challenges students enrolled in Mastercam courses to create a unique, original design using Mastercam software.
Busch won with his display model of a miniature V8 engine includes block, cylinder sleeves, crankshaft, and oil pan. Robert spent countless hours using this entry as an opportunity to reach well-beyond his comfort zone. He took on a difficult design with a lot of parts that required a good fit. It took multiple setups to machine the block and most of the other parts of this assembly. According to Mastercam judges, “(Busch) really committed to making an excellent entry and it shows.”
This victory is simply the latest victory for an ECC Industrial Technology Program that is leading the way in Western New York advanced manufacturing by providing trained graduates to answer the region’s dire need for skilled laborers, manufacturers and technicians. Its enrollment has surged over the past eight years and, thanks in part to the college’s $926,922 received through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program (TAACCCT) in 2012, has added new state-of-the-art training labs and advanced equipment for students eager to enter the area’s expanding industry.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.