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    State SkillsUSA (L) Mason Sell 1st CNC Mill (R) Keagan Yoder 2nd CNC Lathe

    Congratulations to the Area 18 Precision Machine Class @ South Adams who participated in the Indiana State SkillsUSA Contestants that competed against the best in the state on Friday April 13 and Saturday April 14 in CNC Turning and CNC Milling Contests (CNC = Computer Numerical Controlled). Students were challenged with precision measurement and were given a blueprint for a part where they used Geometry, Trigonometry and Technical Shop Math to calculate all the missing points for the part. The contestants were given 2 hours to program each part for a HAAS CNC Simulator. Students had to make sure their program would run the simulator as it would in a real CNC Machine.


    2nd place - Keagan Yoder - CNC Turning Specialist programmed a round part with contouring, grooving, and threading

     1st place - Mason Sell -  CNC Milling Specialist programmed a rectangular part with contours and holes. Mason, a Senior at South Adams will be representing Indiana at the National Skills and Leadership Conference as a CNC Milling Specialist June 25-29 in Louisville Kentucky!!

     Area 18 Precision Machining @ South Adams supports students from Adams Central, Bellmont, Bluffton-Harrison, Jay County, Norwell, South Adams, Southern Wells, and Home Schooled Students from Adams, Jay and Wells Counties! 


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    2017 SkillsUSA

    National Leadership and Skills Conference

     Luke Knapke –  10th place CNC Technician

    Kyle Rittmeyer –  20th place CNC Milling Specialist

     During the week of June 19, 2017, Luke Knapke and Kyle Rittmeyer participated at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Luke competed in the CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) Technician competition, while Kyle competed in the CNC Milling Specialist Competition.

     The main part of the contest was for competitors to program a HAAS CNC Simulator. Luke and Kyle were given 2 hours to use Trigonometry, Shop Math, and/or Geometry to calculate coordinates needed to program the HAAS CNC simulator according to the part print supplied. Kyle programmed a Mill part on Thursday while Luke was tasked with programming a Lathe part on Wednesday and a Mill Part on Thursday. After each contestant was finished with their program, it was graded using Vericut software and then a HAAS CNC Technician allowed one “Cycle Start” on a previously set-up piece of material to run the contestants’ part(s).

     The remainder of the contest included written tests, hands-on tasks, metrology, and a graded interview. The first test was GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing), where they were tested on theory and application of symbols, related math, and rules commonly used by engineers and machinists. The next section was on process control, which included inspection of parts using tools such as depth micrometers, digital height gage, metric micrometer, and telescoping gages. Then Luke and Kyle were tested on General Machining Knowledge, which can include any aspect of manual or CNC Machining. Contestants were also scored on professionalism, official contest dress, and their resume during a mock interview.

     Kyle is a 2017 graduate of Northern Wells High School. Kyle is employed at Hoosier Pattern, Inc. (Decatur, IN) he is planning to complete their 5-year apprenticeship and become a Journeyman Patternmaker.

     Luke is a 2017 graduate of Jay County High School. Luke is currently employed at Fullenkamp Machine, (Portland, Indiana) where he works on setting up, programming and operating a variety of machining equipment.

     Both Kyle and Luke received Acer 10” tablets and $1000 cash scholarships through the Gene Haas Foundation and NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) as a congratulations gift for winning the Indiana State contest and participating in the National Competition.


    Kyle (left)  -  Luke (Right)             

    Kyle Rittmeyer (CNC Milling Specialist) left and Luke Knapke (CNC Technician) right


    David All, a 2015 graduate of South Adams / Area 18 Machine Trades, who is now completing his Tool and Die degree at Vincennes University also made his 4th trip to Nationals. This year while representing Indiana and Vincennes University, David Placed 7th in the Nation at the post-secondary level!


    What is SkillsUSA?

    SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work—high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.

    Mission: SkillsUSA's mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.


    Thank you to everyone that helped us prepare for the 2017 national contest



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