With the added efficiency and time-savings that students are able to get out of modular fixtures combined with automation, Quaschnick is careful not to lose sight of what really matters: quality. He finds that Bluco’s tight tolerances and repeatable precision help his students learn how to deliver that quality. “That’s what Bluco does for us, because you’re working with spacers that are down to a ½ mm. So when students can take that table and set it up, and the part automatically comes out perfectly built and square – students are just really happy with that,” he says.
Looking to the Future
As for what the future holds, Quaschnick has big ambitions. “I’d like to order a table a year for the next few years. That’s my hope,” he says. Quaschnick and Sullivan will work with CVTC’s Advisory Committee to get it done. “They keep an eye on what the industry is looking for. If we do things based on industry needs, there will be a place for our students in the job market,” says Dr. Sullivan. And it’s paying off. “As a college, our placement is one of the top in our state. Our employers know what they’re getting when students come out of here,” he says.
Students are also looking forward to what the future holds for them at CVTC. “A student walked up to me the other day and said, ‘What is this stuff?’,” says Quaschnick. “I explained and he asked, ‘when can i play with it?’ I told him as soon as he joins our two-year program. He got really excited and wanted in.”
Bluco has some thoughts on the future, too: we can’t wait to see what the students coming out of this program are able to accomplish, and we wish this year’s CVTC graduates all the best. Go Make it Better, Class of ‘21!