(Rochester, MN) Rochester Community and Technical College has received a new computer-controlled plasma cutter for use in the Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Technology program. The Baileigh Plasma Table PT-22 will allow students to create sheet metal prototypes for CAD projects such as pneumatic car chassis and sheet metal brackets. CAD students utilize specialized design software to create their parts and export electronic drawings to the plasma cutter to cut their designs in metal.  Additionally, students will learn to use a sheet metal bender to shape the cut-out parts. This machine will allow RCTC CAD students to experience the complete manufacturing process of taking a concept from the drawing stage to a finished part.

This new computer controlled plasma cutter was purchased using leveraged equipment funds. The leveraged equipment program was designed to provide resources to acquire state-of-the-art equipment to train students in areas with high employer need. The program is intended to help colleges and universities build long term partnerships with communities and employers in high need sectors. 

Not only do the equipment donations keep teaching labs up-to-date at RCTC, but these donations can be leveraged to bring additional funds to the college. The Minnesota Legislature appropriated $7.278 million in fiscal year 2018 to MN State for the leveraged equipment program. The state will match dollars up to each institution’s five year average of equipment spending. Cash or in-kind contributions can be accepted and matched by the grant through June 30, 2018.

For further information about donating equipment to RCTC’s programs, contact Michelle Pyfferoen, Dean of Career and Technical Education & Business Partnerships, at 507-285-7425 or michelle.pyfferoen@rctc.edu