By Kaleb M. Roedel | email@example.com
A Star Wars droid-like robot roams the linoleum floor, delivering steel parts from one conveyor to another. Robotic arms — constructing products with metals — clamp, swivel, release, repeat.
No, this isn’t the inner-workings of Tesla’s massive Gigafactory 1, planted inside the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, where electric batteries and Model 3 motors are manufactured.
This automation activity is happening on a much smaller scale, but, arguably, for a much bigger purpose.
It’s a Wednesday afternoon inside Truckee Meadows Community College’s new advanced manufacturing lab, located at the TMCC Applied Technology Center on Edison Way in Reno, which is humming along during a demonstration.
The lab is proof TMCC is doubling down on efforts to prepare the Nevada workforce for openings at Tesla and many other companies playing a robot-centric role in the state’s booming advanced manufacturing sector, says Dr. Kyle Dalpe, TMCC dean of technical sciences.
“With the diversifying economy, we are responding to the businesses that are moving here, most of which is in the advanced manufacturing sector,” Dalpe told the NNBV, as buzzing robots stayed busy nearby. “It is the new wave of what’s coming. It’s fun to be ahead of it and not behind it, so students can go out the door and get some of these great jobs that are emerging in our region.”
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