A desktop CNC milling machine is the latest addition to the workshops at Delta Secondary School (DSS). It will be used to give students insight into what a career in machining involves.
The mill was donated to the school through a collaborative program, the BC Metal Manufacturers Advisory Group (BCMMAG) involving Udo Jahn, owner of Modern Engineering, Rene Ragetli from the Construction Foundation of BC (CFBC) which runs the Skills Ready program, Courtenay Rimaldi from Mission Secondary School and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
The aim of the program is to get this type of machine into every school district in BC as a way of promoting machining as a viable career option and filling the current skills gap in the machining industry.
“So many people see finished products but have no idea about the manufacturing process itself. Giving high school students exposure to machining tools such as the CNC mill provide that much needed missing link on how products are brought to life and can also give them a taste for how satisfying a career in the manufacturing industry can be,” said Udo Jahn, Modern Engineering. “Everyone talks about needing to fill the manufacturing skills gap, but we’re actually doing something tangible to help. We firmly believe the key is to get young people interested in this career path before they leave school.”
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