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Newly-Trained Machinists Ready for Work
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Five of the six adult returning students in the machine tool technology program at the Southern Adirondack Education Center will complete the two-year program in June.
In photo, front row, from left: David Luck, Patrick Bleau and Jeff Morehouse. Back row, Tom Pearson, Roger Ovitt and Nick Hayes.
The Machine Tool Technology curriculum follows the National Institute of Metal Working Systems (NIMS) curriculum, which sets the standards to follow to train students to take the National Standards test (NOCTI) exam at the end of their senior year to earn national accreditation.
They will be qualified to secure positions such as machine operator, entry-level machinist, Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machinist, tool and die maker or machine apprentice.
The reasons vary as to why each adult-returning student chose to enroll in this program from being laid off, injured at work or looking to expand their skill set. Machine Tool Technology includes computer design and programming, blueprint reading, engineering drawings and sketches, precision measurement and metalworking theory.
Instructor Dave Coonradt explained, “There is a lot of hands-on time in class that provides students with first-hand experience on the drill presses, manual mills and lathes as well as CNC simulators, mills and lathes. Plus, students gain work-based learning experience through an internship.”
Internships are available at a variety of local businesses from Doty Machine Works and Fronhofer Tool Company to GL&V Sandy Hill and M&S Precision Co.
Fort Edward resident Roger Ovitt had been injured at work and decided he wanted to be trained in a trade. He just completed an internship at Doty Machine Works in Fort Edward and will begin working there as an employee soon. “I learned quite a lot,” he said. “I’m eager to get out in the industry.”
David Luck from Warrensburg doesn’t really know what he wants to do yet, but he’s not quite finished with his education. He has one more year to complete his second year in the welding program. When he’s finished, he will have certifications in welding and heavy equipment maintenance and operation and national accreditation machine tool technology.
Patrick Bleau of Argyle is a misplaced worker who sought to be retrained. He interned at Doty Machine Works and Fronhofer, but hasn’t secured a position yet.
Mr. Coonradt commented, “All of the adult-returning students who are finishing their second year would be an asset to any employer. They’ve all come to class on time and have a great work ethic.”
After being injured on the job, Jeff Morehouse enrolled in Machine Tool Technology and interned at GL&V.
This is the first year in the program for Nicholas Hayes of Glens Falls. He had studied design and thought that the machining skills would be a nice complement to what he already knew. He said, “I didn’t want to sit at a desk for the rest of my life. I wanted to make functional pieces that make a difference.”
Ovitt added, “There’s definitely a lot of opportunity in industry.”
Mr. Coonradt concurred, “Our industry partners tell me there are still lots of job opportunities in the area.”
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