Cary-Grove High School’s CNC Precision Machining and Manufacturing Lab will teach students how to prepare for potential careers in manufacturing and engineering. Students will gain experience with a variety of machines including a computer numerical control (CNC) mill, CNC lathe, CNC router, 3D printing, laser cutter and plasma cutter.
Sixty-one students are enrolled in the CNC class for the 2018-2019 school year and will learn how to code and operate machines. Students will have the opportunity to test for NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) credentials. The class is open to sophomore, juniors and seniors. At the end of the course, students may have the opportunity to begin a career in the manufacturing industry.
“I feel like it will be a good career for me because it is all hands-on work, and I like to work with my hands,” said Hoscar Angeles, Cary-Grove senior.
Community partners and donations turned the vision of the lab into a reality.
“We started with a Tormach mill and then developed a vision, could we get more of these machines in one spot,” said Michael Manning, industry and careers division lead at Cary-Grove.
Swiss Automation donated a CNC Swiss lathe machine and funds to remodel the classroom. The Cary-Grove Rotary Club, TMA, and the McHenry County Cooperative for Employment Education also donated machines.
Cary-Grove hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 18 to showcase the lab and demonstrate how the machines work to the public and to thank community and business partners.