Friday, June 14, 2013
district students train as machinists with help of local company
Released by Chandra Blouin,
do fast food joints always get the first crack at new employees?
That's exactly what Udo Jahn,
General Manager of
Modern Engineering, kept thinking to himself. In 2012 he decided
it was time to do something different. Something that would give his
company a first crack at eager, energetic students looking to learn
a real trade.
"I was tired of listening to
fellow owners in the machine shop industry complaining about lack of
skilled labour, and yes, I was even tired of complaining myself,"
says Jahn. In 2012, Modern Engineering called on
Delta School District's Brian Tivy, coordinator of Career
Programs and Dave De Pieri, Apprenticeship Facilitator.
Together, Modern Engineering and the Delta School District have
developed a program to provide CNC training and employment to
interested high school students. The program has been going amazing
according to Jahn as "we get to train these guys [or girls] from the
ground up." It's a win-win-win. Modern Engineering gains eager, new
employees that are excited to learn the trade and expand their CNC
and Machinist skills. The school districts helps their students find
meaningful and a great head start to their career in an area of
interest. The industry benefits because the number of skilled
Modern Engineering currently employs two Delta School District
students, Charlie and Rory, currently in grade twelve. Over the next
year the company will be sponsoring both of the student's machining
training so they can work towards completing their
ITA Machinist Apprenticeship Program to earn their Red Seal, a
nationally designated trade certification.
impact of this student apprenticeship program has already been
noticed at Modern Engineering. "It's been very positive and has
added a whole new level of energy to the organization," says Jahn.
But the excitement doesn't stop there, according to Tivy, "the
students are thrilled to have real- life work experience in the
areas that they are interested in pursuing. Having a company of the
calibre of Modern Engineering willing to sponsor students through
Delta and the ITA Youth program is awesome!"
Opening the door to machinist training and employment is new for the
school district. "We're hoping that forging this path with Modern
Engineering will open up eyes and doors in other industries and
trades here in Delta too," states Tivy.
Every school district offers career programs in BC, but typically
CNC and Machining are not as commonly offered. Udo Jahn encourages
all owners and managers to "stop complaining and do something" by
picking up the phone and calling the Career Transitions Coordinator
at your local school district.
If you are a student in the Delta School District and interested in
a career as a CNC Machinist, CNC Operator, CNC Training,
contact Modern Engineering to find out more about their program.
About Modern Engineering
Modern Engineering may be
over 70-years-old, but they house the latest 5 Axis CNC milling
equipment on the west coast, and they're located in Delta, BC. They
are best known for taking the most complex precision machining
problems, and delivering machined parts that are both exact and
Find out more about Modern
Engineering by visiting their website at
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