Okuma Hosts Local High Schoolers

The facility tour was just one of a slew of events the machine tool builder is planning to help attract fresh talent to the CNC manufacturing industry.

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High school students in Charlotte, North Carolina got an introduction to CNC machining December 16 at “A Day at Okuma America Corporation,” an educational event hosted at the machine tool builder's Partners in THINC technology center.

Students toured the facility and viewed several cutting demonstrations on the company’s latest machine tools. They also had the opportunity to speak with Okuma personnel and learn about career opportunities as engineers, machine tool operators, programmers and service professionals.

“Our industry now has a significant shortage of skilled people who can operate, program and service the needs of manufacturing,” says Denise Wilson, Human Resources Manager. “This translates to a significant increase in career opportunities. Okuma understands that the talent to fill those opportunities comes from strong STEM programs in our high schools. Therefore we feel it is important, as manufacturing professionals, to help students understand the education paths into manufacturing, as well as introducing them to the wide variety of career options.”

The Okuma-sponsored Royal Robotics Team from Piedmont Community Charter School also attended and demonstrated their award-winning robot to the Okuma members. The Royal Robotics Team is a member of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and participates in the annual FIRST Robotics Competition. 

Okuma is hosting several student-related, educational, events during the upcoming year, including a celebration of Manufacturing Day in October.