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Opportunity For Free Training as an Entry-Level Machinist

Opportunity For Free Training as an Entry-Level Machinist

October 27, 2011

A MANUFACTURING CAREER FAIR will be held by Lyndon State College and area partners on Thursday, November 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Charles Carter Business Resource Center in the Lyndonville/St. Johnsbury Industrial Park. Representatives from local manufacturers will be there to recruit candidates to enroll in the Northeast Kingdom Manufacturing Training Program (NEKMTP). The NEKMTP trains workers to be qualified for employment as entry-level machinists. The next training class is scheduled to start January 2012.

Area residents with good math skills, work history, and work references who would like to pursue a career in machining are urged to attend. Experience in a manufacturing environment is helpful, but not required. Applicants must be interested in developing new skills and working in manufacturing.

The training is an opportunity to learn the basic skills required to be a safe and efficient entry-level machinist: blueprint reading; machining mathematics; CNC milling and turning; machine setup and safety; feed and speed rates; machinability; shop floor measurement and inspection; and basic programming of CNC machines.

Training candidates will be asked to participate in a math and mechanical aptitude assessment and an interview. For those accepted into the program, all tuition, materials, and books are provided at no cost.

Partners with the College in the Career Fair and the NEKMTP are Northeast Precision, NSA Industries, Vermont Aerospace, Weidmann, Lyndon Institute, St. Johnsbury Academy, the Vermont Department of Labor, Northeastern Vermont Development Association, and Northern Community Investment Corporation.

Interested candidates are stongly urged to attend the Manufacturing Career Fair on November 3. Individuals can also complete an application at the Vermont Department of Labor office in St. Johnsbury or Newport, or contact Lyndon State College’s Center for Rural Entrepreneurship at 802 626-4867. The program is funded in part by a Next Generation (Act 46) Grant from the Vermont Department of Labor.