2012 SkillsUSA Champions
by Brad Branham
In June, nearly 6000 of the nation’s top high school, technical center, and college students gathered at the 2012 SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, to compete in more than 100 contests covering 94 different career categories. The Championships bring together students who have won state-level competitions in their respective categories, and pits them against one another – and the clock – to determine the best of the best.
Three contests of particular interest to the manufacturing industry are the CNC Milling, CNC Turning, and Precision Machining Technology competitions, which were sponsored by Haas Automation, Inc., and theNational Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Contestants used 36 Haas control simulators, a Haas TM-1P Toolroom Mill, and Haas TL-1 Toolroom Lathe for the competition.
Haas Automation is a major supporter of SkillsUSA and manufacturing education through its network of Haas Technical Education Centers (HTECs) – partnerships between learning institutions, Haas Automation, and local Haas Factory Outlets. These partnerships ensure that qualified learning institutions receive the resources necessary to provide the highest quality CNC education. Of the 18 medalists in the machining categories this year, 14 received their training at HTECS.
Additional support for this year’s Championships came from The Gene Haas Foundation, which provided a $27,000 grant to the SME Education Foundation to establish The SkillsUSA Machining Championship Award Program. The 18 national medal winners in the machining categories received awards in the following amounts: Gold – $2,000; Silver – $1,500; and Bronze – $1,000.
Haas is pleased to congratulate the 2012 SkillsUSA machine tool competition medalists:
CNC Turning – High School
-Gold: Nicholas Parente Diman RVTHS, Fall River, MA (HTEC)
-Silver: James Tubbs Earnest Pruett Center of Technology, Hollywood, AL (HTEC)
-Bronze: Jared Mattingly Breckinridge County Area Technology Center, Harned, KY
CNC Turning – College/Postsecondary
-Gold: Justin Paulson ND State College of Science, Fargo, ND (HTEC)
-Silver: Matt Knops Lake Superior College, Duluth, MN (HTEC)
-Bronze: Donovan Shaw Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA (HTEC)
CNC Milling – High School
-Gold: Trey M Smith Apollo Career Center, Lima, OH
-Silver: Jacob Hudson Platt Technical High School, Milford, CT (HTEC)
-Bronze: Jeremy LeBlanc Montachusett Regional Vo-Tech, Fitchburg, MA (HTEC)
CNC Milling – College/Postsecondary
-Gold: Sean Johnson Renton Technical College (College Mbrs), Renton, WA (HTEC)
-Silver: Matt Warneke Ranken Tech College, Saint Louis, MO (HTEC)
-Bronze: Walter Eads Wallace State College, Hanceville, AL (HTEC)
Precision Machining Technology – High School
-Gold: Brandon M Burnworth Huntington North High School, Huntington, IN
-Silver: Matthew J Gillett Saint Clair TEC, Marysville, MI (HTEC)
-Bronze: Austin Schneider Newton High School, Newton, KS
Precision Machining Technology – College/Postsecondary
-Gold: Joel Sturtevant Pueblo Community College, Pueblo, CO (HTEC)
-Silver: Ethan Lee Linn State Technical College, Linn, MO (HTEC)
-Bronze: Mark Lowrey Wallace State College, Hanceville, AL (HTEC)