Future manufactures at WarrenTech High School in Lakewood, Colorado will now add abrasive waterjet technology to their list of technical skills. The premier career and technical high school for Jefferson County Public Schools has added a new MAXIEM® 1515 JetMachining® Center from OMAX Corporation to its suite of machines used by students in its precision machining technology program.
Created in 1973, WarrenTech High School's mission is to prepare students for the changing workplace. The faculty and staff at the school are committed to providing quality training in a variety of job-specific skills, including precision machining technology. Students who are in their junior or senior years of high school at any Jefferson County public or private high school or select schools from the surrounding counties may apply to the WarrenTech program.
The precision machining technology program includes two to four semesters of hands-on machining curriculum directly applicable to employment, further job training or post-secondary education. Students learn safety, operation and application through coursework and parts production. They also gain real-world experience by creating parts to fill orders for companies and organizations, including NASA, through its High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program.
The MAXIEM 1515 is a robust and highly versatile abrasive waterjet machine designed and built in the United States and ideal for trade schools, fabrication shops, metal service centers and job shops. It features OMAX's industry leading Intelli-TRAX™ linear drive system, an innovative Z-axis core with optional multi-axis cutting heads and the lowest ceiling height in the industry.
"We're very excited to add waterjet technology to our suite of machining technology curriculum because it's going to allow us to more quickly cut parts," explained Joe Martin, precision machining instructor at WarrenTech. "Plus, the software is so user-friendly that students will be able to use the machine early in the school year, which keeps them excited and hungry to learn more."
The MAXIEM machine also features OMAX's innovative direct-drive pump technology with the 50,000-psi pump that includes Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) technology for precise cutting pressure control. The pumps deliver more cutting power per kilowatt than intensifier-type pumps for higher efficiency and faster cutting.
"This high school is very well respected in the Denver area and we are very excited that our machining center was selected to become part of this teaching program and working job shop," said Dan Becker, regional sales manager of OMAX Corporation. "Manufacturing is a viable and growing industry that makes for a lucrative career path, and we are pleased to be working with and encouraging students of all ages to become the next generation of manufacturing and technology leaders."
To learn more about WarrenTech, visit www.warrentech.org.