While others are still fantasizing about the galaxy far, far away they saw in movie theaters this winter, students at Lincoln Tech in Mahwah, NJ will soon be getting hands-on experience building parts that will be launched into the real-world Milky Way. Students in Lincoln Tech’s CNC Machining and Manufacturing Technology program have been selected to participate in an exciting program sponsored by NASA building hardware components for the International Space Station (ISS).
The HUNCH program – High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware – offers students unique real-world experience – and who hasn’t dreamed at least once about working with the premiere space exploration organization in America? As HUNCH participants, students will sign on as official National Aeronautics and Space Administration contractors, and have that experience on their résumé when they graduate from Lincoln Tech! Talk about out-of-this-world experience to impress potential future employers!
Campus Kickoff Brings NASA to Lincoln Tech
The campus celebrated the kickoff of the HUNCH partnership with a special event on February 17th. Representatives of the administration joined Lincoln students, faculty and staff to inaugurate the program, and Dr. Florence Gold, NASA HUNCH Implementation Project Manager, met personally with each Lincoln Tech student who will participate.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Lincoln Tech to the HUNCH team,” Dr. Gold said. “HUNCH is about students creating, designing and producing real-world, valued products for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In return, students acquire 21st-century skills and develop a relationship with NASA that can build important professional connections. In fact, we have had students go on and work for the HUNCH program both full-time and through internships.”
Using specialized Computer Numerical Control equipment donated to the school by leading manufacturer Haas Automation, Inc., Lincoln Tech students will create parts for specially-designed storage lockers aboard the ISS. These storage lockers will hold scientific experiments conducted by NASA and other organizations from around the world. Students will build the studs, nuts and butterfly bolts that hold the lockers together, while also learning how to document their work according to NASA specifications.
Lincoln Tech Partnerships Add Value to Career Training
With the launch of the HUNCH program initiative, the Mahwah campus of Lincoln Tech is proud to add NASA to its list of distinguished industry partners. In the last two years the school has also entered into relationships with leading employers such as Audi of America, Haas, Miele Inc. and more. Get your future off the ground at Lincoln Tech!