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University Of Nevada Partners with Abaris to Offer Advanced Training Program in High-Tech Materials

15 January 2013

The University of Nevada, Reno, US, is partnering with Abaris Training Resources to deliver three weeklong courses in advanced composite manufacturing beginning in January 2013.

“These courses will play a pivotal role in helping to strengthen Nevada’s workforce capabilities in aviation and aerospace manufacturing and repair,” said Steve Hill, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “Because of this partnership with Abaris, UNR is now the only four-year college to offer a manufacturing certificate program such as this, and that is a great addition to the toolbox that we use to recruit companies to move to our state and grow Nevada’s aerospace and defence sector.”

“Abaris has been conducting training courses in Reno using advanced composite materials since 1983, but up to now almost all of our attendees have been from out of state,” said Michael Hoke, President of Abaris. “We are delighted to be teaming with Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno in offering a manufacturing certificate program in these high-tech materials, such as carbon fibre and Kevlar, and look forward to helping train Nevadans seeking employment in the high-paying aerospace and defence sectors.”

The training laboratories at Abaris, located in Reno and at other company sites across the US, and in Brazil, parallel a typical composite shop layout with exceptional cleanrooms, trim rooms, and adjacent workshop and process facilities. Students spend 20-60 percent of their time in the labs practicing acquired skills through intensive, hands-on instruction depending upon the course.

“Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno is pleased to partner with Abaris to offer advanced training in this dynamic field,” said Jim McClenahan, Director of Extended Studies management and executive programs. “It is an exciting opportunity for the University to provide such advanced-level training with the Abaris team right here in Reno.”

According to the American Composite Manufacturer’s Association, manufacturers, designers and engineers recognise the ability of composite materials to produce high-quality, durable cost-effective products. In a marketplace where demands for product performance are ever increasing, composite materials have proven to be effective in reducing costs and improving performance. Composites solve problems, raise performance levels and enable the development of many new products, according to the ACMA. Abaris says that, in the United States, composites manufacturing is a $25 billion-a-year industry with 5,000-7,000 composites-related manufacturing plants and materials distributors across the U.S. These facilities employ more than 236,000 people. An additional 250,000 people are employed in businesses that support the composites industry, including materials suppliers, equipment vendors and other support personnel.

Offered by the University of Nevada, Reno Extended Studies, three levels of composite training courses will be held at the Abaris location on Longley Lane in Reno, US. Abaris explains that each five-day course may be taken independently or combined to complete the full certificate. Students who complete all three levels will receive a certificate in Advanced Composite Manufacturing from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Spring 2013 class dates are:

Advanced Composite Manufacturing 1 (five-day course): Jan. 7-11, 2013; or Feb. 4-8, 2013; or March 18-22, 2013

Advanced Composite Manufacturing 2 (five-day course): April 8-2, 2013

Advanced Composite Manufacturing 3 (five-day course): April 15-19, 2013






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