Machining student finishes best in state

Charlie Wilson

ESCANABA — Charlie Wilson, machining student at Delta-Schoolcraft ISD, placed first in the state of Michigan in the manual precision machining technology mill event at SkillsUSA Competition. Earlier this year, he placed first in regional competition against students from throughout Upper Michigan, and that made him eligible to advance to the state level. Approximately 1,500 SkillsUSA students from throughout the state competed in Grand Rapids.

The competition included a written test, precision measuring tools evaluation, and machining test where he put his skills to the test following a technical design blueprint to fabricate a part with prescribed cuts on the mill. The competition was a timed event with 90 minutes to complete the tasks. He said he also competed in SkillsUSA last year and that helped him know what to expect and perfect his talent to be ready for this year. Milson said competing was a great learning experience, and the ISD machining program prepared him to understand layouts, operate the machines, and push the mills to the full extent of their capability. He added that future students should “take advantage of the ISD machining class and Mr. Mullins’ expertise, and stay confident.”

For his first place finish, he was offered a $7,500 scholarship to Lincoln Tech, but has decided to attend Bay College to pursue a business degree. He said it would be “cool” to work into a management position at a machining business in the area. Otherwise he would like to manage Wilson Enterprises, which is the family business, or start his own machining business.