Photo by Tina Robertson. HCC Computer-Integrated Machining students have three new pieces of equipment to enhance their learning experience. Pictured is HCC Machining instructor Doug Cabe with a forklift that was purchased with funds raised through the College Foundation’s Gala held last fall.

Photo by Julie Newland. Pictured is a new laser engraver that HCC Computer-Integrated Machining students will have access to that will supplement their knowledge. A trio of new machines has been added to allow students to apply what is learned in the classroom.

One of the key components of preparing students for the workforce is ensuring that they have access to the most current equipment in the industry. For students in Haywood Community College’s Computer-Integrated Machining program, this access has improved greatly over the last few months.

With the addition of three new pieces of equipment, HCC’s machining students will have a leg up on the competition when they finish the program and start looking for employment. In addition, it will save employers time and money to know that these students have already had experience and training on equipment that they may very well end up using every day.

These new additions include a Boss Laser Engraver that allows users to engrave wood, leather, glass, metal and cardboard. With a rotary axis, students can also engrave on round stock. Using a computer program, students complete the design work and then transfer the information to the machine to see the work completed.

A key part of a machinist’s job is to be able to make parts and tools to carry out their tasks. With a new plasma table, HCC Machining students can use their knowledge to fabricate various parts such as brackets and cut metal into different shapes.

The final new addition is a forklift that was bought for the program with proceeds from the College Foundation’s Gala, a community supported event, held last fall. A much-needed piece of equipment, the forklift will enable students to receive valuable training in class, as well as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training, which teaches employees to work safely and to recognize and avoid hazards.

HCC faculty members work closely with industry professionals and local employers, following trends to ensure students learn what is relevant in today’s workforce.

According to Doug Cabe, HCC Computer-Integrated Machining instructor, “This new equipment gives students an additional opportunity to learn something new and expand their knowledge of different machines. It also makes them more employable while they are entering a field that promises a great career.”

HCC computer-integrated machining students may pursue an associate degree, diploma or two different certificates. For more information about HCC’s computer-integrated machining program or to register for fall semester, please visit or contact us at or 828-564-5117.