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Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville Wins Educational Institution Award

Monday, November 01, 2010

For more information, please contact Christie Carmigiano


CLEVELAND, OH—November 1, 2010—The Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville, Shelbyville, TN, has received the 2010 Clips & Clamps Industries Educational Institution Award for its outstanding Machine Tool Technology program, which provides technical instruction and skill development for students to become gainfully employed in the machine tool technology field.

Through this program, practical experience is gained on lathes, grinders, vertical and horizontal mills, as well as hand tools and bench work.  Students in the advanced phases of the program receive instruction and perform practical experiences on computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment.  Safety, quality and continuous improvement are stressed.  Students develop skills working with precision tools such as calipers, micrometers and indicators.  The ability to read blueprints and understand CAD drawings also are stressed.

A variety of work projects gives the student actual experience in the fabrication of usable tools and parts from metal and machinable plastics.  The student in Tool & Die gains hands-on experience in the repair and construction of molds, dies and fixtures.  Obsolete mold and die steels are used to instruct proper techniques to weld and repair or construct replacement parts.  New molds and stamping dies are constructed and tried out in injection machines or stamping presses.

Under the direction of instructor, Ken Potts, the Machine Tool Technology program became the first post-secondary National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certified program in Tennessee in 2001.  He served as chair of the statewide Tennessee Technology Center Machine Tool Technology Curriculum Revision Committee, and the current curriculum is a reflection of his work and direction.

The program is so well respected in the community that it was the deciding factor in bringing two new businesses to the area.  Fischer Tool and Die and Summit Polymers based their decisions to locate in Tennessee due to the excellent skills of the Tennessee Technology Center’s Machine Tool Technology graduates.  The local Chamber of Commerce also has made the Machine Tool Technology program a highlight of recruitment visits.

The program has been recognized at the national level as well.  The American Technical Education Association (ATEA) named the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville the Outstanding Technical Program for 2010 at the 47th National Conference on Technical Education in Indianapolis in April.

The Educational Institution Award is one of eight Awards of Excellence in Metalforming presented annually by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA).  It recognizes a public or private educational institution that provides outstanding training and education services to companies in the metalforming industry.  The award, which includes a $1,500 cash prize, is sponsored by Clips & Clamps Industries, Plymouth, MI, and funded by the Dul Foundation.  “Clips & Clamps Industries and Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center through the Dul Foundation and the families of Michael and Kathleen Aznavorian, Douglas and Sandy Mily and the late Estelle Dul support the efforts of the Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation.”

PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its nearly 1,000 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM tradeshows, and MetalForming magazine.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  More information on PMA’s Awards of Excellence in Metalforming is available at