On November 2, 2018, the Out of School Youth program participants from GST Michigan Works! learned the qualifications and necessary training to become a CNC operator/machinist when they participated in a Talent Tour at Ultra-Dex, USA, a tooling manufacturing company located in Flushing, MI. Students on the Talent Tour were able to observe a CNC machine operation process first hand and see the Director of Operations, Gregg Bishop perform administrative duties and other staff on the manufacturing floor.
Students were intrigued by the different CNC machines (i.e., lathe, water jet cutters, etc.) and some of the processes they perform such as ultrasonic welding, hole-punching, and laser cutting. Students had questions about the pay and benefits that Ultra-Dex provides and chances for longevity and advancement. Gregg Bishop from Ultra-Dex also briefed students on what type of skill sets were needed to become successful in tooling industry and the importance of a good work ethic. In addition, Gregg stated that many people desire to enter the industry as a CNC operator, without seriously considering the on-the-job training necessary to move up the career ladder to become a CNC machinist because they are more in demand. He also advised that employees must show an exceptional work ethic and eagerness to learn upon entering the industry as a CNC operator before promotion to CNC machinist, which offers a significant pay increase and job security.
“The students demonstrated a sincere interest in the industry on this tour and they are welcome to contact me directly if they have additional questions or interested in working for us,” said Gregg Bishop of Ultra-Dex