KANSAS CITY, MO June 25  The winners of the annual SkillsUSA Championships in CNC MILLING TECHOLOGY were announced Friday evening, June 25, 2010 at the Awards Ceremony of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The Conference was held June 21 - June 25, 2010, at the Municipal Auditorium, the Kemper Arena, H. Roe Bartle Hall, the downtown Marriott and the downtown Crown Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Over 5,600 outstanding career and technical education students joined in the excitement of hands on competition in ninety-six different trade, technical, and leadership fields.

Working against the clock and each other, the participants proved their expertise in job skills for occupations such as electronics, technical drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. There were also competitions in leadership skills, such as extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedures.

SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.

The contests are planned by technical committees made up of representatives of labor and management and are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry level performance in given occupational fields. Safety practices and procedures - an area of great concern to labor and management alike - are judged and graded and constitute a portion of a contestant’s score.

The CNC Milling Technology contest is an upper level CNC programming and machining contest. Each contestant received a part, drawing and material and was asked to write the program, set up the machine and machine the part without the use of CAD/CAM. Only the final result (the part) was evaluated, not the CNC program.
The members of the national technical committee for CNC Milling include Chair Bob Kelly, Advanced Technologies Consultants, Inc. (Ohio); Chad Hawk, EMCO MAIER Corporation (Ohio); Lyon Zak Lyon, EMCO MAIER Corporation (Ohio); and, Chad Whited, Advanced Technologies Consultants, inc. (Ohio).

A national education team assists the national technical committee. Members include Breck Rushing, Lebanon Technology and Career Center (Mo.) and Richard Stape, Mahoning County Career and Technical Center (Ohio).

Other organizations supporting the contest include Autodesk Inc.; Carhartt; intelitek, Inc.; Kobalt Tools; and, Kubotek USA.

Other supporting organizations include Autodesk Inc.; CNC Software; DEPCO LLC; Holmquist Educational Consultants; Honeywell, Inc. – FM&T; intelitek Inc.; IRWIN; Industrial Tool Co.; Kobalt Tools; Kubotek USA; Learning Labs, Inc.; MasterCam; MSC Industrial Supply; River Valley Technical Center; Rubbermaid Home Products; Sanford; and, SolidWorks.

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