In support of the local Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA), Mazak Corp.’s (Florence, KY) Midwest Technology Center hosted the 27th annual Precision Machining Competition, which honors excellence in precision machining skills among Illinois high school students. At the awards ceremony May 10, TMA presented 52 students with first-, second- and third-place awards in six machining categories.
Many of the event’s activities took place in the machining demonstration area of the center. Students, parents, and instructors traveled from up to 60 miles away to explore the latest in advanced machining technology. Attendees also visited with more than 35 representatives from the local manufacturing industry who answered students’ questions and discussed the many opportunities in manufacturing careers.
More than 240 students from 20 local high schools, including new participants from Cary-Grove and Glenbard East High Schools, submitted more than 292 projects for this year’s contest. Students chose from 25 eligible projects of varying degrees of difficulty across three divisions. New to the event this year were three categories with three awards each covering design and programming for machine tools: CNC CAM Basic, CNC CAM Intermediate, and CNC Design.
Students could also compete in the National Institute for Metalworking Skills Intermediate, NIMS Advanced, NIMS CNC Intermediate and NIMS CNC Advanced divisions and submit their projects to NIMS to receive certification for their skills. Each student had to machine a part according to exact specifications and submit the completed part; judges measured part accuracy.
TMA is a nonprofit association with more than 1000 precision manufacturing and supplier members. It provides educational opportunities for students, helps train personnel for member companies, advocates for the manufacturing industry and sponsors networking among its members and with the community as a whole.
For information about the precision machining competition, contact the TMA Education Department at (847) 825-1120 or education@TMAIllinois.org.