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CNC machinist


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David Wilson of Saginaw is learning and earning in computer numerical control (CNC) machining. "I knew in high school that I wanted to be in a manufacturing or technical trade setting. I've always been pretty apt to build and especially to fix things. But, I didn't know anything about machining or CNC machining until I came to Delta College."

It Just Clicked

"I had no clue how CNC machines worked or where they would apply. When I found out about this stuff, it just clicked for me." He is currently a full-time student enrolled in the Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program and is also planning to earn the Advanced Computer Numerical Control Certificate.

While he's learning his trade, Wilson is working at Kerkau Manufacturing. The family-owned company currently employs more than 125 employees at it three Bay City facilities. "I got the job lead through my Delta instructor and started a week later."

Education Used on the Job

Wilson has found that his education and work assignments match up well. "Everything I do here I did at Delta, and everything I did at Delta, I use here on the job."

When asked what he likes most about his job field, Wilson said, "I like that, at the end of the day, you can see the product of your work. You've got hunks of steel, big tangible things that you can look at and be proud of."


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