Wade Titus, a senior at Roy High School in Weber School District, participated in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internship at JD Machine in Ogden, Utah where he became fascinated with the precision machining and fabrication of component parts. JD Machine is a world-class manufacturer of high value machined parts, sheet metal components and complex assemblies—utilizing the most advanced manufacturing technologies and equipment. Wade’s career goal is to become a successful biomedical engineer. This CTE Internship has assisted Wade in becoming college and career ready and he is now one-step closer to achieving his career goal. Wade tells about his experience at JD Machine.
“The great beast of what has become the world trade market has boomed because of what happens in these amazing shops. There are lathes and mills taking off thousandths of an inch, slowly shaping a product that you will be using tomorrow. Things as simple as a pen are machined by 2 ton machines that are more precise than a practiced brain surgeon in their operations. I am glad that during my last semester of school I decided to participate in a CTE Internship and to be involved in this importantly beautiful and precise industry. I am working in the delivery room of the future!
“Computers, airplanes, cars, phones, x-rays, desk chairs, stoves, microwaves, couches, houses, buildings, tools, surgical knives, missiles, tanks, and guns. Everything is machined. Precision products made by hulking masses of metal, intricately moving and scooping away material. Spindles and saws work without stop, humming and buzzing, slowly etching out the components to products we use every day in our lives. The machine shop is the delivery room of the future. Its mills and lathes transform crude blocks and bars into immaculate works of art. Each created so precisely a hairs difference could disqualify it from duty. In essence, the machinist is the creator of all that is and will be, operating the machines that create futures and innovates this world for the betterment of humans. Every measurement must be right. Every rhythmic pass of the endmill calculated to exactness.
“As I have worked with JD Machine I have begun to learn the basics of this great art that runs the world. I never noticed how many things get machined, or have a machined component part in them. Yet, without this seemingly miniscule, pathetic piece, the whole object would be rendered useless. It has truly amazed me what manufacturing has become. It’s not a factory with assembly line upon assembly line of mindless droning workers putting screws into holes, while making minimum wage. Instead, it’s precision machines operated by precision men and women learning and implementing lines of programs to make amazingly exact parts for our every day needs. This industry has truly sped up the progression of technology. These machines are capable of making thousands of clones of a part. These parts are made out of metals and plastics that most of us haven’t heard of like 410 stainless steel and aluminum-nickel-bronze. Working at JD Machine has made me question how anything was made before we had this great miracle of the modern machine shop.”
Assemblers and fabricators assemble finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make numerous products. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 the median annual wage for assemblers and fabricators was $28,580. *
* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupations Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.