Applied Technology Center (ATC)

Applied Technology Center
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New home for Automotive, Ford ASSET, Collision Repair, Industrial Tech, & Welding classes
  • Adds 67,000 sq. ft. of new space and $1 million of state-of-the-art equipment to campus
  • Abundant windows, a large sky light, and glass doors maximize the use of natural light
  • Doubles the Automotive Program space (from 12,000 sq. ft. to > 28,000 sq. ft.)
  • Space design reflects work flow of a modern dealership. All new work benches/tools from industry’s top vendors.
  • Doubles space for lifts and flat stall work.
  • Chassis and Engine Dynos for engine testing and tuning training (Mustang DM110SE Chassis Dynamometer and Stuska Track Master water brake dynamometer to be installed.)
  • Boosts Welding Program to meet American Welding Society standards:
    More than 4 times the space of Welding Program’s current facility (S building)
    32 welding booths designed with AWS recommendations for size, wall color, features
    State-of-the-art 6' x 6' booths incorporate a “green” ventilation system will recycle/heat the ai

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Parkland College’s new home for some of its Engineering Science and Technologies (EST) programs: Automotive, Ford ASSET, Industrial Technology, Welding, and Collision Repair! 


Brand new state-of-the-art, green facility opens for classes in fall 2012:
  • 67,000 sq. ft. of new space and $1 million of state-of-the-art equipment
  • Built to LEED Gold standards for green building and performance measures
  • Windows, a sky light, and 17 glass doors maximize the use of natural light
  • Helps ensure that our technical programs continue to meet growing needs of district employers

More than doubles our Automotive Program space (12,000 sq. ft. to > 28,000 sq. ft.):
  • Designed to reflect workflow of a modern dealership
  • All new work benches/tools/equipment from industry’s top vendors
  • Auto lab with 15 lift work stations (three fitted with Hunter’s HawkEye® alignment systems)
  • Flat work stations with room for 10 additional cars Chassis and Engine Dynos for engine testing and tuning training, the only educational dynos in a 100-mile radius of Champaign (soon to be installed): Mustang DM110SE Chassis Dynamometer & Stuska Track Master Water Brake Dynamometer
  • Enhances high school dual credit program’s AYES-affiliation (Automotive Youth Educational Systems)
  • Parkland’s NATEF-accredited training program Is provided at a fraction of the cost of private schools

Improves instructional space for Ford ASSET Program:
  • Students receive up to 100% of the same certifications that a Ford service technician would receive through attending a Ford Training Center
New space supports the many job opportunities available in Industrial Technology:
  • New space in ATC adds to expanded space now available in M wing and includes CNC Milling Machine, Lathe, Engraver/Cutter/Laser and Plasma Cutter
  • Program prepares students for technical/maintenance work in manufacturing and industry
  • Students work with electrical power and motors, control systems, pumps, compressors, pneumatic/hydraulic controls, and process logic controls
  • Program partners with local manufacturers such as Kraft, Plasti-Pak, and Guardian West to meet industry demand for a more highly skilled workforce, through training for internal workers and paid internships for traditional students
  • Recipient of a $1.5 million Community-Based Job Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration (2009)

Boosts our Welding Program to American Welding Society standards:
  • Program has doubled its enrollments during the last four years
  • 6,656 sq. ft. of new space more than doubles current instructional capacity of program (in S building)
  • Includes 32 state-of-the-art welding stations (6 ft. X 6 ft.) designed with AWS recommendations for size, wall color, other features
  • Space incorporates an eco-friendly ventilation system that will recycle/heat the air
  • The area will allow Welding faculty to expand the process techniques in which they train students. Current processes include arc welding (gas tungsten, gas metal, shielded metal); oxyacetylene practice (fusion welding, brazing, cutting); and plasma arc cutting

Upgrades and reconnects Collision Repair Program with other EST technical programs:
  • Currently housed in leased, off-campus facility (Kenyon Road in Champaign), Collision Repair program can now move back to campus due to adequate space
  • Provides space for learning basic auto body repair such as surface preparation, spot repair and blending, corrosion protection, upholstery repair, and structural straightening, as well as cost estimating and auto systems
  • Area also allows for exploring painting, special effects, and graphic design specialties including airbrushing, flames and chameleon painting, pearls, and candies

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