Surry Machining Club Donates to Children’s Center

Surry Community College’s Machining Club recently donated $500 to the Children’s Center in Dobson. Pictured are SCC Machining Club members (middle, left to right) Aaron Dudley and AJ Hackbarth, both of East Bend, along with Melissa Hiatt, Executive Administrative Assistant, and Dale Smith, Alternatives to Commitment Program (ACP) Youth Coordinator.

Posted: May 16, 2017

The Surry Community College Machining Club recently donated $500 to the Children’s Center in Dobson. Funds donated were collected as a result of the Machining Club’s recent Port-a-Pit Barbeque Chicken fundraiser.

The SCC Machining Club is composed of students pursuing curriculum studies in Computer-Integrated Machining who enjoy industry-related field trips and helping the community.

The club hosts several fundraisers each year and donates a portion of the proceeds to several worthy causes. Throughout the course of the 2016 – 2017 school year, the club has donated $1,000 to various organizations. The remaining funds are used for field trips and activities for club members like the winter break trip club members took to Charleston, S.C. to tour Detyens Shipyard and learn about machinist career opportunities in the shipping industry.

The Computer-Integrated Machining curriculum prepares students with the analytical, creative and innovative skills necessary to take a production idea from an initial concept through design, development and production, resulting in a finished product. Coursework may include manual machining, computer applications, engineering design, Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD), Computer-Aided Machining (CAM), blueprint interpretation, advanced Computerized Numeric Control (CNC) equipment, basic and advanced machining operations, precision measurement and high-speed multi-axis machining.

Graduates should qualify for employment as machining technicians in high-tech manufacturing, rapid-prototyping and rapid-manufacturing industries, specialty machine shops, fabrication industries, and high-tech or emerging industries such as aerospace, aviation, medical, and renewable energy, and to sit for machining certification examinations. A machinist’s average pay is around $40,000 annually for those just beginning their careers.

Both a degree and diploma are offered in the Computer-Integrated Machining program at Surry Community College along with certificates in Manual Machining and CNC Machining. High school juniors and seniors can take Machining classes tuition-free through the Career & College Promise dual enrollment program. Registration is currently open for Summer and Fall 2017 classes. Summer classes begin May 22 and June 27. Students must register for fall classes before Aug. 1. Those classes start Aug. 15. For additional information contact Student Services at (336) 386-3264 or Surry’s Lead Machining Instructor Corey Easter at (336) 386-3219 or

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