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Machine Tool Course Fills Gap

“The machine tool basics program was created in partnership with Northwood Technical College after meeting with industry leaders in the Superior area to address a direct workforce need, trained machinists,” said Scott Schultz, director of industry and innovation for the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board. “Upon graduation, students can enter this field, or continue their education as a machinist to earn additional industry credentials, filling much needed gaps for the region.”

The Northwest Wisconsin business services team toured Fraser Shipyards and Lake Assault Boats, speaking directly to staff and operations teams. What they learned is, if applicants have basic skills, senior team members and staff are willing to teach the rest.

Machine Tool Basics is a 12-week training course funded through the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board’s Support to Communities program with Northwood providing the instruction.

Students learned print reading and machine tool applications, and received training in OSHA 10 General Industry for Machine Tool, and CPR/AED/Basic First Aid. All students who took part in the inaugural training session were successful and earned a certificate.

Start From Zero

“The most useful parts about the program is that a person can start from zero. They learn at a guided and productive pace. More importantly, gain personal, professional development you didn’t think you could have,” said Joe Stensland, one of the program graduates.

Two of the students are continuing their education to complete the machine tool technical diploma this fall at Northwood. The machine tool technical diploma applies credits from this program. This gives students a jump start on their education.

All students now have the industry-recognized credentials and knowledge of safety practices and procedures in demand by local employers.

For more information about machine tool basics or Support to Communities, contact Scott Schultz at 715-201-8493 or .


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