Every year, as part of the precision machining class at South Technical High, the class is tasked with making a holiday ornament for the faculty. This year, Eureka High senior George Allen said they upped their game. For 2019, students made a replica of the Stanley Cup.
Allen said the South Tech program has greatly benefited him.
“This is the first shop I saw when I came to the open house, and I just fell in love with it,” Allen said. “All the math we learn in the program we use right here in the shop to build something.”
Allen said that when he graduates, he hopes to get an associate degree from East Central College or State Technical College in Linn, Missouri. Then he plans to transfer to a Missouri university to get a degree in industrial engineering.
“For a while, I would like to work in a machine shop such as this,” he said. “I love making stuff. It’s very interesting to me that I am able to do something that I like and feel passionate about. I’m glad I took advantage of this opportunity to learn hands-on.”
Allen said the experience gave him a broad idea of what jobs are available in the industry.
“There is a demand for machinists right now, and this exposes us to a broad range of how to run the mills and the lathes,” Allen said. “I know many former students who are now working in the industry.”