Hoffman wins first in machining contest

Jerry Blackerby from Viking Plastics, left, and Jim Appley from Major Tool and Machine, right, present Carson Hoffman and instructor Mark Scott with the winning trophy following the 16th Annual High School Machining Contest.

Winning first place in the 16th annual high school machining contest hosted by the Indiana chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association on Feb. 16 was Carson Hoffman, a Forest Park student in Pike Central High School’s Precision Machining program taught by Mark Scott. The event was held at the Central 9 Career Center in Greenwood.

Hoffman competed against 28 other students from 15 schools from around Indiana. He received a $1,500 scholarship to Vincennes University, and a machinist toolbox and machinist tools valued at approximately $1,500. A $1,000 check also was presented to Pike Central’s Precision Machining program.

The competition consisted of a written theory and shop math test, measurement, mill, lathe and surface grinder exercises, a submitted resume and mock interviews.

Hoffman had recently won a $2,500 scholarship for placing first in the SkillsUSA regional at Vincennes University on Feb. 2.

INTMA’s mission is to help Indiana manufacturers be successful through support, education, networking, information, programs and services.

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