Jake Stein (Saline), Trent Trout (Milan), and Adam Rowland (Milan), students in the CAD/manufacturing class in the South and West Washtenaw Consortium at Saline High School, took home the gold in the SkillsUSA Automated Manufacturing Technology national championship. This competition consists of three students completing CAD drawings, using CAM software to create tool-paths, and operating a CNC machine to manufacture interlocking parts. Each student has their individual role in the team, but then they must come together to ensure that the parts fit together properly and that the prints are flawless.
"These three students worked extremely hard, training all spring and coming in after graduation to prepare for this competition. There was a ton of pressure on them, as our teams finished second and third in the previous two years," said Steve Vasiloff, who instructs the Engineering/Architectural & Computer Integrated Manufacturing/Engineering course for the South and West Washtenaw Consortium at Saline High School, "They came through in fine fashion, and deserved to be crowned National Champions. I could not be more proud of them."
This summer, Stein is running CNC machines at MMI Engineered Solutions in Saline and Trout doing the same at TNT-EDM in Plymouth. Adam Rowland will be studying mechanical engineering at Lawrence Tech in the fall.
In addition, Nick Urquhart competed in Technical Drafting, and finished 12th out of 42 competitors despite having a mishap with his prints.
"I am beyond proud of him as well, as he is the highest placing SWWC student in Technical Drafting at Nationals," Vasiloff said.
There is more good news for the CAD program. Due to the growth and success of the manufacturing program, it was selected by the Rich and Marion Leonhard Foundation to receive two new CNC machines. The value of the two machines that they have chosen to donate is over $50,000.
"I look forward to using them next year, and to continue producing some of the best manufacturing students in the country," Vasiloff said