NIC Industrial Automation students work on their capstone project. The project, called Cool Beans will be unveiled Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. at the Campbell River campus, room D207. NIC photo

NIC students unveil automated canned coffee system

Members of the public are invited for the unveiling of NIC Industrial Automation students’ capstone project: an automated custom canned coffee machine.

The unveiling will take place Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. at NIC’s Campbell River campus. Everyone is invited to attend.

The capstone project is the culmination of everything the students have learned through their two years of studies in NIC’s Electronics Technician Core certificate and Industrial Automation diploma.

“The students get to choose what they’ll build for their final project,” said Brad Harsell, NIC Industrial Automation instructor. “They pick a group manager and develop the entire project from design to completion, which mirrors what they will do for clients once they graduate.”

The system brews coffee from grounds, then takes a blank aluminum can shell, washes it and fills the container with the coffee. The container is then sealed and labeled.

“It’s been a great experience to build this system from scratch,” said Ryan Sommen, NIC Industrial Automation student who worked as project manager on the build. “We started with researching other canning processes and then pulled together all the different components we needed. It’s been a great experience to build, test and troubleshoot.”

Along with the unveiling, the public will get the chance to see NIC’s Industrial Automation shop and the unique equipment available for students to learn and practice on.

NIC offers two industrial electronics programs. The Electronics Technician Core certificate gives students the foundational skills with electronic, electrical and instrumentation systems. The certificate ladders into NIC’s Industrial Automation diploma, which includes motor controls, programmable logic controllers and robotics.

“Industrial electronics and automation is an incredibly broad field,” said Harsell. “You can work on anything from small winches to large industrial projects and everything in between. Almost every industry involves some kind of industrial electronics, so the career opportunities can be whatever you are interested in.”

Learn more about NIC’s industrial electronics programs at www.nic.bc.ca/industrial-electronics.

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