Indianapolis-based Hurco Companies Inc. (Nasdaq: HURC) has started to install more than $1.5 million in advanced manufacturing machines at the Vincennes University Technology Center. The partnership will allow Precision Machining Technology students study on state-of-the-art equipment. The university says starting salaries for graduates of the program usually average in the $40,000 to $50,000 range. December 13, 2013

News ReleaseVINCENNES, Ind. – Thanks to a growing partnership between Hurco Companies, Inc., Indianapolis, and Vincennes University, $1.7 million in advanced manufacturing machines began being installed this week at the VU Technology Center.

“This is a great day for VU, our state, and students seeking to enter a

great career in advanced manufacturing. We could not ask for a better

partner than Hurco Companies. Together we are dedicated to closing the skills gap so that growing numbers of Hoosiers can successfully enter this promising career field,” said Art Haase, dean of VU’s College of Technology.

VU and Hurco Companies, Inc., an Indiana company that designs and

manufactures computerized metal cutting machines, formalized a partnership in September that will further manufacturing education in Indiana. As part of the partnership, the VU College of Technology has chosen Hurco as their Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machine tool of choice. Students pursuing a degree in Precision Machining Technology will benefit from the most advanced machining technology available with access to 15 state-of-the-art Hurco CNC machine tools.

VU offers the most comprehensive Precision Machining Technology program in Indiana, and is one of the few in the United States to offer specialized training in manual machining, CNC machining, metal stamping, die and plastic injection mold building.

With over 1,600 hours of hands-on experience, students have the opportunity to develop a solid background in machine shop practices as well as learn the set-up and operation for all basic types of manual and CNC machine tools. Classroom discussions focus on theory, terminology, and calculations.

The type and quality of equipment used in VU labs include traditional

machine tools as well as the latest in CNC equipment – identical to that

found in industry. In addition, VU’s faculty has an extensive background

in education, teaching, and industry, to ensure that students receive

instruction in both theory and practical applications.

Precision Machining Technology graduates have the option of applying for acceptance into a 14 week summer session, Advanced CNC Machining and Programming, providing them with an additional 600 hours of hands on CNC training, as well as a second associate degree.

Starting salaries for VU’s Precision Machining graduates average in the

$40,000 to $50,000 range with some far exceeding this. Job opportunities are excellent, with virtually 100 percent placement.

Hurco has more than 45 different CNC machining center and turning center products, all powered by the company’s CNC software, WinMax®, which includes hundreds of software features that increase productivity and profitability for businesses in the skilled manufacturing industry.

Hurco technology is especially beneficial for advanced manufacturing

companies that make parts and molds for multiple industries, such as

aerospace, defense, energy/mining, medical, automotive, and motorsports.

With more than 60 software patents, Hurco is a prime example of the reality that today’s manufacturing is truly about technology.

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