National SkillsUSA Championships for Precision Machining Technology & CNC Milling/Turning Set for June 21-24 in Kansas City, Missouri

The Precision Machining Technology, CNC Milling, and CNC Turning Championships will be held during the week of June 21st-24th in Kansas City, Missouri as part of the 2011 SkillsUSA National Championships.

The competitors have proven themselves as the best in their respective states as this contest brings together gold medal winners from each state with separate competitions at secondary and post-secondary levels. SkillsUSA, a national non-profit with student chapters throughout the country, organizes these competitions as a showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.

This is a multi-million dollar event that occupies a space equivalent to 16 football fields. In 2009 there were more than 5,400 contestants in 91 separate events. Nearly 1,500 judges and contest organizers from labor and management will make the national event possible this year. NIMS coordinates the Precision Machining Technology and CNC National Contests which are based on NIMS Levels I & II Machining Skill Standards.

Key industry supporters with NIMS for the Competition are Haas Automation, Sandvik-Coromant, LS Starrett, and Industrial Press. NIMS has also had the support of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, the Precision Metalforming Association Foundation and the National Tooling and Machining Foundation.

This year, Haas is enabling NIMS to coordinate both the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) Competition and the CNC Milling and Turning Competitions. The PMT contest includes two CNC programming components in addition to a variety of manual skills components. Just as the PMT contest brings together state gold medalists in overall machining, the CNC competition involves state gold medalists who have specialized in the CNC Milling and Turning Competitions in their states. At the National Championships in Kansas City, the separate CNC Milling and CNC Turning Contests will incorporate more complex parts and thus require the candidates to create more complex programs.

Bob Skodzinsky, Manager at Haas Technical Education Center Network, said “We at Haas Automation, Inc. and our Haas Technical Education Center Network are very pleased to add our support for the CNC Milling & CNC Turning Contests to our current PMT/CNC Programming events. We will be supplying 36 state-of-the-art Haas CNC Programming Panels for the contestants to create their CNC programs and test their programming skills. We will also supply two 2011 Haas CNC machines, a mill & a lathe, to machine contest parts from successfully written programs.”

There are a limited number of SkillsUSA sponsorship opportunities still available. If interested, please contact NIMS Executive Director Stephen Mandes at smandes@snim-skills.org or at 703-352-4971.

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