Sandvik Coromant (www.coromant.sandvik.com) donated tool packages valued at approximately $15,000 to participants in the 2006 SkillsUSA championships in the area of precision machining technology.
SkillsUSA, a national, nonprofit organization, and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, sponsor 84 separate SkillsUSA Championships each year at the National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Each contest within the competition is designed to measure and showcase the technical education and ability of each student. The contests range from firefighting and computer programming to extemporaneous speaking and culinary arts.
Participants in the precision machining technology area were evaluated based on the NIMS Level I and Level II machining skills and knowledge areas, including successful operation of manual milling machines, lathes, drill presses, surface grinders and the programming go CNC lathes and mills. Judges also evaluated contestants in areas ranging from technical math to verbal communication proficiency using industry-related terminology.