The Department of Engineering Technology is hosting its 10th annual Investment Casting Certification Program this month with many company representatives traveling thousands of miles to attend.
Sponsored by the Investment Casting Institute, the conference, which runs from June 2 -10 at PSU's Kansas Technology Center, will welcome approximately 30 industry representatives and students. At the conference, attendees will learn about the investment casting process, which is used to make everything from the artwork seen on the PSU campus to medical implants, jet engine components, and golf clubs.
Companies such as Rolls Royce, Depuy Orthopedics (part of Johnson & Johnson), Biomet, and Precision Propeller (a division of Yamaha) are sending employees to the conference to learn more about casting and how it is used in their fields. While most attendees are coming from states such as Washington, Georgia, Minnesota, and Michigan, some are traveling from other countries including Austria, Canada, and Mexico.
Russ Rosmait, a professor of engineering technology and the organizer of the conference, said the ICI has sponsored the event at PSU for so long because the center's leading technology and equipment make it a unique facility.
"Companies send people to get an understanding of the entire casting process, because at their plant they may only know one or two parts of it," Rosmait said. "We even have a few people who are buyers for their company, and want to have a better understanding of the products they're buying."
During the hands-on courses, participants will be pouring and casting items such as golf putters and ice cream scoops. After completing the program, the attendees will receive a certificate of completion and be congratulated for their work by administrators at a banquet on June 9 at the Overman Student Center.
For more information on the conference, contact Rosmait at 620-235-4375.
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