Bellingham Technical College awarded $455K grant for engineering design software

Bellingham Technical College has been awarded $455,000 grant for state-of-the art engineering design software from Autodesk, Inc.  The donation was for 35 seats of AutoCAD Plant Design Suite Ultimate software with a $13,000 per seat suggested retail value.  This cutting edge software allows BTC engineering students to learn the types of skills required by industry piping and structural designers while using the newest technology in software tools.

Bellingham based engineering company Anvil Corporation was instrumental in helping BTC secure this software grant.  Joel Harris, Anvil Corporation’s Piping Technology Specialist and a BTC adjunct instructor initiated the software grant request completely on his own.  “Joel taught the BTC Process Pipe Drafting curriculum for the past two years and has recently developed new curriculum under contract with Autodesk for the Plant 3D product. This grant would not be possible without Joel’s connections with Autodesk, his initiative and dedication to BTC, and his expertise in Autodesk Plant 3D as well as piping in general,” said J. Scott Reiss, Bellingham Technical College Mechanical Engineering Technology instructor.  “We also want to thank Anvil Corporation for allowing Joel the flexibility to teach at BTC and work closely with us on this project. Anvil has been a great BTC partner.”

John Macpherson, Chairman of the Board at Anvil and BTC Foundation Board Chairman, said, “Anvil,  CH2MHill and the local refineries are currently not using this new AutoCAD Plant Design Suite.  However, we will convert to AutoCAD Plant Design within the next year or two because our current software is becoming outdated no longer provides us with the up to date features required. This means that BTC students will be learning on software used by the bigger industrial employers in our region and be ahead of the game in their education and skills.”

Bellingham Technical College Foundation Executive Director, Dean Fulton, said, “We cannot thank Autodesk, Inc. and Anvil Corporation enough for this very generous contribution to BTC.  One of our goals at the BTC Foundation is to help procure the most prevalent industry instructional resources, and equipment possible for our faculty and students and this engineering software grant helps ensure that.”

BTC’s engineering (Civil and Mechanical) and Survey & Mapping programs currently have more than 75 students enrolled during the winter quarter.  BTC partners with local and regional industry to address workforce needs in a variety of fields and there are many opportunities to enter high-wage, high-demand careers.  The college also provides classes, programs, and opportunities to assist students in acquiring learning skills necessary for academic and occupational success, and for personal enrichment.

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