Dan Janka, President of MAG IAS, LLC left, Brian Krzyaniak, Caterpillar-Aurora
Powertrain Factory Manager, Jim Blass, Caterpillar Director of Product
Validation and Global Technology and IVCC President Jerry Corcoran at a recent
meeting at the Caterpillar Technology Center in Mossville.
IVCC partners with manufacturing giants to enhance CTC technology
Oct. 8, 2012: Illinois Valley Community
College announced today a historic partnership with MAG IAS, LLC, the largest
machine tool manufacturer in the United States, and the Caterpillar-Aurora,
facility on a machinist program that will result in major equipment donations
to the college.
“IVCC Machinist Training for
Caterpillar” – a program already underway that is tailored specifically to meet
Caterpillar’s training and production needs, will be strengthened with the
installation of a $300,000 vertical machining center from MAG to the Computer
Numerical Control Learning Lab in the new Peter Miller Community Technology
In addition, a large horizontal
machining center valued at $600,000 donated by Caterpillar will be consigned to
MAG and retrofitted with MAG’s patented thru-spindle thru-tool Cryogenic
Machining Technology at the new MAG Cryogenic research and development
technical center located in Sterling Heights, Mich.
While consigned to MAG, the Cryogenic
horizontal machining center will be used to develop Cryogenic machining
processes specific for Caterpillar applications, said MAG President Daniel
Janka, a native of La Salle and an IVCC alumnus.
“At the end of the consignment period,
we will mutually decide where to move the Cryogenic horizontal machining center
to support student training and to continue Cryogenic process development for
Caterpillar,” said Janka.
IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said the
partnership underscores IVCC’s commitment to meeting the needs of world-class
manufacturers through high-quality training.
“Caterpillar and IVCC have become
corporate partners with MAG in support of Cryogenic machining and training,”
said Corcoran. “Our students will receive the high-tech, cutting-edge training
that will put them in high-demand here at home with two of the world’s leading
The donations are part of the $2.1
million CTC capital campaign launched in November by a $1 million pledge from
Miller Group Charitable Trust.
MAG, one of the largest machine tool
manufactures in the world employs 3,500 people at 32 facilities and is the
market share leader in the heavy equipment, oil and gas, automotive power
train, and aerospace industries and is one of Caterpillar’s global strategic
Caterpillar, with 2011 sales and
revenues over $60 billion, is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction
and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines
and diesel-electric locomotives.
The 30-week CNC training program,
customized for Caterpillar by Jennifer Scheri of IVCC’s Business Training
Center, was key to solidifying the partnership. Following 14 weeks of classroom
and hands-on lab instruction and four weeks of machine- and tool-specific
training, the first class of 10 employees will have 12 weeks of on-the-job
training at Caterpillar-Aurora.
“Programs like this are becoming very popular
across the country as our industry has experienced the need for trained
technical resources,” said Brian Krzyaniak, Caterpillar-Aurora Powertrain Factory
Manager. “These programs coupled with the STEM programs, will enable our
country to maintain its position as a world leader in manufacturing.
“We need to use these programs to teach
our future employees the manufacturing jobs available today are much different
than previous generations experienced. New technology such as Cryogenic
machining will enable us to manufacture parts more efficiently,” Krzyaniak
Jim Blass, Caterpillar Director of
Product Validation and Global Technology, said “Innovation has always set
Caterpillar apart and there’s a lot more to do, which is why we are pleased to
partner with IVCC to enhance our machinist program.”
Corcoran said up to 600,000 U.S.
manufacturing jobs remain unfilled as manufacturers desperately search for
skilled machinists, welders, operators and engineers.
“Manufacturers need employees with math
skills and the ability to use technology, computers and high-end electronics,”
a time when the Governor and General Assembly are being forced to make
difficult choices regarding the sustainability of programs and services, I am
proud of our board’s decision to move forward with this project. It will
transform our training facilities and fortify our alliances with industry
leaders like MAG and Caterpillar.
“As a member of the Illinois Network of
Advanced Manufacturing, we are going to do everything we can to support
specialized training to produce a workforce that will contribute to Illinois’
economic recovery,” he said.
Corcoran credited the three graduates of
IVCC’s mechanical technology program: Janka, Blass and Krzyaniak for making the
“IVCC’s long reputation for quality is
directly tied to its faculty and the fact Dan, Jim and Brian were all graduates
of our program before moving on and achieving greatness is not just a
coincidence,” said Corcoran.
all gone on to highly successful careers after being trained at IVCC and now
they’re demonstrating their appreciation by giving back to the college and our
community in a very significant way. Hall of fame instructor Don Haas deserves
much of the credit for building our manufacturing technology program and now
Tim Bias is carrying on that legacy.”