We're All Winners at the 2009 SkillsUSA Championship

 July 2009 PM E-newsletter

No industry or business can sustain itself without a steady flow of properly skilled workers in its respective pipeline. Metalworking manufacturing is particularly susceptible to worker shortages in part because of the unique skills required and in part because of a general lack of proper technical education opportunities. The SkillsUSA competition and its sponsors offer a proactive program to keep the metalworking manufacturing pipeline filled.

 

In June, more than 5000 outstanding students from around the country competed in the 2009 SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. For the fourth year, Haas Automation, Inc. sponsored the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) competition at the event, and once again, the majority of winners in the PMT category received their training at Haas Technical Education Centers (HTECs).

 

SkillsUSA is a national organization dedicated to improving technical, skilled and service-related education for high school and college students. The annual Championship events provide students an opportunity to test themselves against the best students in the nation in their career field. Haas Automation supported this year’s hands-on competition by providing a TM-1 CNC Toolroom Mill, a SL-10 CNC turning center and 30 CNC control simulators.

 

Haas Technical Education Centers are part of a global network of partnerships between learning institutions, Haas Automation and its local factory outlets. HTECs leverage the capabilities and technologies of Haas Automation and partner with industry, schools and professional societies to exchange best practices and exploit the power of modern manufacturing equipment to provide the highest quality CNC education.

 

As of June 2009, the HTEC network in the USA and Canada included more than 800 high schools, vocational schools, community colleges and universities. In Europe, there are currently 25 HTECs in operation, with another 15 planned by year’s end, and a 5-year goal of 200 HTECs in 35 countries.

 

Contestants in the PMT competition used the CNC machine tools and simulators to demonstrate their expertise in CNC programming, machining practices, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, engineering drawing interpretation and technical math. Seventy students from secondary and post-secondary schools across the nation competed in the Precision Machining Technology division, and five of the six medal winners were HTEC students, including the two gold-medal winners.

 

The medalists for the 2009 SkillsUSA Championships Precision Machining Technology Competition are:

 

Gold Medal, College/Postsecondary Division – Eric Dahlen of Boise State University (HTEC), Boise, Idaho

 

Silver Medal, College/Postsecondary Division – Carl Spain of Tennessee Technology Center at Chattanooga (HTEC), Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

Bronze Medal, College/Postsecondary Division – Steve Poppovich of Saint Paul College (HTEC), Saint Paul, Minnesota

 

Gold Medal, High School Division – Sawyer M Hjortsvang of Des Moines Area Community College (HTEC), Ankeny, Iowa

 

Silver Medal, High School Division – Chris Harkless of Miami Valley CTC, Clayton, Ohio

 

Bronze Medal, High School Division – Kyle Brodeur of Diman RVTHS (HTEC), Fall River, Massachusetts

 

For more information on Haas Technical Education Centers, visit www.HaasCNC.com.

For more information on the SkillsUSA organization and the SkillsUSA Championships, visit www.skillsusa.org.