Haas/Thomas Skinner supports Skills Canada

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Haas Factory Outlet, a division of Thomas Skinner, contributed its support to the Skills Canada National Competition, held June 5-8, 2013 in Vancouver, BC.

Thomas Skinner, with the support of Haas Automation, supplied the CNC milling and turning centres used for the CNC machining competitions, which included two ST-20 2 axis lathes and two VF-2 vertical machining centres.

“We are very proud of our sponsorship role with Skills Canada, and are excited to be part of moulding the next generation of skilled trade workers in the metalworking industry, says Paul Krainer, owner and president of Thomas Skinner.

The machines were equipped with tooling supplied by Sandvik Coromant and students were provided with measuring tools from Mitutoyo. Both companies are supplier partners of Thomas Skinner.

Thomas Skinner also provided the manual lathes and mills (Advance and First) used in the precision machining competitions. Thomas Skinner also supports the BC Skills and Alberta Skills competitions held in April and May of this year.

“As the need for skilled workers continues to rise, I believe it is the responsibility of the business community to get involved and promote education of trade and technology. We take that commitment very seriously and are proud to support this great event. We would like to congratulate all of the competitors in this years competition and look forward to being a proud sponsor of the Skills Canada National Competition for many years to come” says Paul Krainer. “Best of luck to those competing at the World Skills competition in Leipzig, Germany July 2-7, 2013”.

Udo Jahn, general manager of Modern Engineering joined Greg Schroer, machine tool sales representative from Thomas Skinner, as a VIP guest at the Skills Canada National event on June 6, 2013. The event was of special interest to Udo as Modern, together with the Delta School District, have developed a program to provide CNC training? and employment to interested high school students.

“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. The program has been going amazing, we get to train these guys [or girls] from the ground up” says Jahn. “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 winners of the CNC Machining and Precision Machining Competitions were awarded scholarships from the SME from funds provided by the Gene Haas Foundation. The Gene Haas Foundation was formed in 1999 to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities. In addition, the Foundation provides scholarship funds to Community Colleges and Vocational Schools for students entering technical training programs, especially machinist-based certificate and degree programs.

The winners include:

Precision machining-post secondary:

Jason McElrea from Alberta (gold), Michael Mills from Ontario (silver) and Leighton Dyck from Manitoba (bronze).

Precision machining-secondary:

Austin Demorest from Saskatchewan (gold), Jonathan Betz from Manitoba (silver) and Conley Wurban from Alberta (bronze).

CNC machining – post secondary:

Colin McDougall from Manitoba (gold), Jared Rossiter from Ontario (silver) and Shae Crear from Saskatchewan (bronze).

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