Machine Tools Haas HTEC to help boost economy in Portuguese region

Editor: Eric Culp

CNC machine tool builder Haas Automation has established its sixth Portuguese Haas Technical Education Centre (HTEC), and, this time, the country’s Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP) is very directly involved.

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The IEFP Professional Training Centre of Évora, located some 100 km east of Lisbon in the Alentejo region of Portugal, is the site of the latest HTEC in Haas’s programme aimed at bringing CNC machining education to many European regions.

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This centre was established in partnership with the Haas factory outlet (HFO) in Portugal, a division of After Sales S.A. The stated objective of the Évora HTEC is to produce highly qualified CNC technicians for the aerospace, automotive and general engineering industries, which in turn should attract investment for the region and help boost the local economy. Alentejo is an oasis of employment opportunity in Portugal, but qualified machine operators have been in short supply, according to Carlos Vilas-Boas, director of the Portuguese HFO.

The new CNC training centre is situated in an ultra-modern building and is equipped with a Haas VF-1 milling machine, based on 5-axis machining centres used in aerospace component production, and a Haas ST-20 turning centre with milling capability.

The IEFP is Portugal’s national public employment service. Its mission is to promote the creation of quality employment and to combat unemployment by implementing progressive policies and training. The organisation says its core values are investing in young people, encouraging them to pursue professional qualifications and creating attractive assets for commercial employers.

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