Located in the lower level of the College’s Center for Technology is a large room filled with the type of high-end equipment one can find in a wide spectrum of industries. “Students trained on these machines definitely have the requisite skills necessary to enter the in-demand workforce,” Dr. Dmitriy Kalantarov said proudly as he explained the functions of each device.
Dr. Kalantarov chairs the College’s Division of Mathematics, Engineering Technologies and Computer Sciences.
For years, the College has utilized robotics equipment in various Engineering classes. That equipment fills a large portion of the room. It is surrounded by a myriad of other devices that have been purchased by the College in the past several years.
During a recent tour of the equipment with Engineering majors Karla Jaramillo and Angela Castillo, Dr. Kalantarov pointed out a few of the highlights. They include a 3D printer, two newly acquired Tormach CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines and a laser engraver.
The 3D printer resembles, in part, a microwave. The machine creates three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. Dr. Kalantarov displayed a plastic wrench and several key chains, all designed and printed by students. CAD drawings can be used to rapidly porotype more intricate items on the 3D Printer has a wide range of functions. For example, he said, it can be used to develop surgical casts that fit an individual perfectly. As someone planning to study Biomedical Engineering at NJIT, Angela said she wants to learn more about machines such as the CAD device.
The CNC machine can produce a myriad of industry quality parts and entire tools that were originally prototyped by the 3D printer. That machine particularly caught the eye of Karla, who plans to major in Industrial Engineering at neighboring NJIT after earning her Essex Associate degree.
Dr. Kalantarov envisions more components of the existing engineering and design courses to include training on the equipment. He added he wants students to utilize all that the College has to offer.
Three of the engineering technology Associate in Applied Science programs (Civil Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology) are accredited by ABET – Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET is the nationally recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.
“I plan on taking advantage of this equipment before I graduate from Essex,” said Karla. She added that this will only help her expand her skills for a job in manufacturing.
“This is so cool,” Angela noted. “I’m taking a CAD class this semester and I will be able to visualize my projects before I create the final version.”