Friday, June 14, 2013


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Delta school district students train as machinists with help of local company

Released by Chandra Blouin, StudioThink, Surrey


hy 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 workers grows.

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.

The 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 on-time.


Find out more about Modern Engineering by visiting their website at








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