SANFORD, FL – Throughout 2018, a Florida-based used CNC machine dealer has been putting its money where its mouth is to support the longevity of the American manufacturing industry – this time with introduction of Veteran to Machinist – a scholarship program exclusively for veterans.
CNCMachines.net this week announced it will award three $1,000 scholarships to veterans who want to pursue careers as machinists. To qualify, veterans simply submit copies of their record of service (DD214), along with a 1,000-word essay on why they want to become a machinist to CNCMachines Scholarships.
One scholarship a month will be awarded in February, March, and April of 2019. Winners will be announced Feb 12^th, March 12^th and April 16th
“I know two things. First, a shortage of skilled labor is the biggest challenge that manufacturers face. Second, veterans have the transferable skills, work ethic, and integrity that are a perfect fit for the industry,” said Curt Doherty, founder and CEO of CNCMachines.net
That viewpoint is shared by the Manufacturing Institute, which determined in its publication, From Military Front Lines to Manufacturing Front Lines: Veterans and Your Workforce, that ex-military personnel make excellent manufacturing workers. The report specifically calls out certain traits that veterans typically possess that meld well in the manufacturing industry such as: ability to readily learn new skills and concepts; leadership skills; understanding of the value of teamwork; performing well under pressure; respect for procedures; being attuned to global and technological trends as well as health and safety standards; along with others.
The natural fit of veterans with manufacturing has also been called out by other military and manufacturing organizations including Military.com – the largest online military and veteran membership organization with more than 10 million members.
“As a company, we want to help the American manufacturing industry and CNCMachines.net will continue to do what we can to ensure its strong future,” said Doherty. “If there is any group who I believe can make the biggest difference and help achieve that, it’s our United States veterans.”
Founded in 2014, CNCMachines.net carries more than 500 machines to meet the needs of small to mid-sized American manufacturers. Earlier this year, the organization also announced a competitive award for students enrolled in a CNC machinist, CNC operations, engineering or manufacturing certificate or degree program which included a donation to the winner’s machining or manufacturing department to help fund purchase or upgrade of tools or supplies.