Our £4m Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre was opened in September 2016 by the chairman of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, George Beveridge, as part of the area’s ten-year strategic economic plan.
The state-of-the-art training facility is helping to meet the growing demand locally for highly-skilled workers by enabling students to develop skills on real-life projects for companies ranging from major employers to SMEs.
The facility, which stands at 1,663sq metres with double-height provision to accommodate large projects, has classroom space for up to 450 higher education students and 1,150 apprentices on science, technology and engineering apprenticeships and HNC and degree programmes in engineering manufacturing and electrical and electronic engineering.
Students can access to the latest high-tech equipment and machinery, a metrology lab for the study of materials, learning hub, CAD classrooms and industrial-size workshop. The centre houses state-of-the-art equipment includes a rapid prototyping machine and latest five-axis CAD/CAM machines, a high-tech Faro scanarm that uses laser technology to inspect and reverse engineer complex parts and surfaces into a 3D model, a suite of new 3D printers and virtual welding machine.
In April 2018, the AMTC was named Cumbria and the Isle of Man’s ‘Building of the Decade’ in a competition run by BBC’s North West Tonight, in association with Insider Media.