Okuma welcomes high school students

January 05, 2015 - 06:00pm

Machine tool builder Okuma America Corp. hosted "A Day at Okuma America Corporation" for area high school students at its Partners in THINC technology center in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 16. The event gave students the opportunity to learn more about CNC machining and technology and to speak with professionals in the CNC manufacturing industry.  

Students learned about career opportunities as engineers, machine tool operators, programmers and service professionals. They also toured the facility and were able to see several cutting demonstrations. 

"Our industry has a significant shortage of skilled people that can operate, program and service the needs of manufacturing," said Denise Wilson, human resources manager. "This translates to a significant increase in career opportunities. Okuma understands that the talent to fill those opportunities comes from strong STEM programs in our high schools. Therefore we feel it is important, as manufacturing professionals, to help students understand the education paths into manufacturing, as well as introducing them to the wide variety of career options." 

The Okuma-sponsored Royal Robotics Team from Piedmont Community Charter School also attended and demonstrated their award-winning robot. The Royal Robotics Team is a member of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and participated in the annual FIRST Robotics Competition. 

Okuma is hosting several student-related, educational, events during the upcoming year, including a special event in October to celebrate Manufacturing Day. For more information on Okuma America and Partners in THINC visit here.

Related Glossary Terms

  • computer numerical control ( CNC)

    computer numerical control ( CNC)

    Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.

  • robotics


    Discipline involving self-actuating and self-operating devices. Robots frequently imitate human capabilities, including the ability to manipulate physical objects while evaluating and reacting appropriately to various stimuli. See industrial robot; robot.


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