SMTCL Receives Award for High School CNC Training

SMTCL USA Inc. received an award from Galesburg High School for SMTCL's part in an exciting new partnership bringing manufacturing training to high school students. This new program gives students an opportunity to learn CAD Design, CNC Programming, and CNC Operation. Students from six local high schools will be able to take the classes.

Steven Zhao, Chief Executive Officer of SMTCL USA Inc., accepted the award honoring SMTCL's part in providing a world-class Vertical Machining Center for the students to use. Zhao commented, "Our corporation has a long history of helping young people learn manufacturing skills that can improve their lives."

Manufacturing is the nation's biggest sector for growth in both jobs and revenue. CNC machines allow U.S. companies to compete with companies throughout the world by using modern technology to make high quality components. This educational program will also help companies that need employees with skills in operating modern CNC equipment.   

Pegasus Manufacturing Inc., SMTCL's distributor in Illinois, has taken a lead role in developing a curriculum that teaches students skills that they need to compete in today's world of manufacturing. Pegasus' President, Ray Whitehead, stated, "The educational programs are designed to give students the technical skills required to enter the advanced manufacturing workforce."

Although CNC training has been done in community colleges and vocational schools, this program with the high schools is one of a very few in the United States.  

Zhao also stated that "High schools have been strictly focused on preparing all students for a 4-year university, when many students don't follow that path. We are giving them another option by teaching them real-life manufacturing skills. By learning CNC machine programming and operation, students can get a good job in manufacturing immediately after high school or they can use these skills to help them if they pursue degrees in Engineering or Industrial Design." 

The award presented to SMTCL was designed by a student in the program, Selena Suarez, and manufactured in aluminum on the machine provide by SMTCL. Suarez, whose next project is to design a prototype for a new jeep stated, "Seeing the machine take a computer design and turn it into a 3D object that you can touch is incredible."

The VMC850B Vertical Machining Center provided by SMTCL has the latest FANUC control. This is the same control that is used by manufacturers such as Caterpillar, John Deere, and Ford Motor Company. By learning to program on FANUC control, students will be prepared for a job with most major manufacturers.

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