Monday June 24, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Vermont Technical College and G.S Precision Inc. have partnered to start the GSP School of Manufacturing Technology, bringing an Advanced Manufacturing Program to the Brattleboro area.

This program will include formal classroom instruction as well as hands-on machining and engineering experience. The school will be located in GSP’s South Plant on John Seitz Drive in Brattleboro and will include classroom and manufacturing lab facilities. Classes will begin in September of 2013.

G.S. Precision is a global leader in the manufacture of high-precision machined components and complex assemblies. While serving many industries, GSP’s primary focus is supplying mission critical components for its aerospace customers including those who manufacture aircraft engines, land and marine based turbines, commercial and military aircraft, inertial guidance systems, and infra-red optical devices. With an experienced team of 400 employees, and ISO9001:2008/AS9100C certified facilities in Vermont, California, and Mexico, GSP provides its customers with expertise in the machining of specialty aerospace alloys as well as the resources to compete in a rapidly growing and dynamic global marketplace.

VTC is Vermont’s only technical college offering a "learning experience unlike any other in Vermont: focused classroom instruction interwoven with real-time, hands-on experience taught by professors who are experts in their field," says Dr.


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Philip Conroy, president. VTC is based in Randolph with facilities in Williston and Brattleboro. VTC has been ranked among the top baccalaureate colleges in the North for the past four years, according to the U.S. News and World Report, and has a 95 percent job placement rate for graduates. In the 1960s George Schneeberger, founder and chairman of the board, dreamed of organizing a training program to provide the industry a continuous talent supply. He was quoted, "If this sounds easy it isn’t. To become an expert in this field requires patience, perseverance, determination and many hours of hard work and concentration."

Over 40 years later precision machining is even more complex, and Schneeberger’s dream is being made a reality by his son and current CEO, Norm Schneeberger.

According to Boeing’s Current Market Outlook Report, "the in-service commercial fleet will grow an average 3.5 percent per year to double in size from 19,890 airplanes today to 39,780 by 2031. Over the next 20 years, the airline industry will need 34,000 new airplanes, of which 41 percent will replace older, less efficient airplanes; 59 percent of the new deliveries will reflect growth in emerging markets and evolving business models."

The GSP School of Manufacturing Technology will provide the company with a source for developing new talent to help accommodate future growth and expansion, and will provide the students with an opportunity for education and training that will be the foundation for a successful career in a growing industry. The combination of working at GSP while participating in the program will give students a unique opportunity to learn and apply best practices in a "real world" environment.

The first group of students will begin classes this fall while becoming full time employees of GSP working 32 hours per week. GSP plans to cover the cost of the program for each student. The credits earned in the program can be used towards VTC’s Associates Degree in General Engineering Technology. Interested candidates should email questions and resumes to gspschool@gsprecision.com.