Engineering technology students at County College of Morris (CCM) soon will have the opportunity to gain some valuable hands-on experience as they assist with the design of components for an Army evaluation course. As a subcontractor for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), CCM faculty and students will produce drawings and 3-D models to support the development of training stations to evaluate Army weapons, equipment and training.
“This is an exciting opportunity for some of our students to gain hands-on experience that they can both learn from and use to build their resumes,” said Professor Venancio L. Fuentes, chair of the Engineering Technology/Engineering Science program at CCM. “Through this program, participating students will be executing work similar to what they would be performing in industry, while gaining valuable exposure to industry representatives and standards.”
In March, representatives from SAIC gathered at CCM to mark the signing of the project contract and to accept delivery of the initial models developed by faculty and students.
The components CCM is developing are to become part of the Solider, Weapon, Equipment, Ammunition and Training (SWEAT) course being developed by SAIC for the Army. Picatinny Arsenal is serving as project manager. The CCM components will allow SAIC to determine the physical layout for the SWEAT training stations; the number, type and mobility of targets at each training station; and the sensors, lighting, signals and audio required at each station. The project is expected to last two and a half years.
“Our hope is that this collaboration will become a model for other joint ventures between the college and corporations to provide CCM students with practical learning opportunities,” said Dr. Dwight L. Smith, vice president of Academic Affairs.
CCM’s work for SAIC is the outgrowth of a project the college conducted for Picatinny Arsenal in 2005 when students worked on developing 3-D images of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and warheads to assist military personnel in the field. With those images created through reverse engineering, soldiers working on laptop computers were provided with a means to determine how best to dissemble IEDs and other explosive devices.