Jeff Skeats of Wells carefully bent to his task, fashioning brass plumb bob on a lathe. Julie Allen of North Berwick, at a nearby lathe, put the finishing touches on hers.
Both are students in the precision machining technology programs at York County Community College’s instructional facility in Sanford.
“I like it, it’s exciting,” said Allen of her new chosen profession. Once a stone mason, Allen has opted for a new career. “It’s not just books, it’s hands on,” said Allen.
Chances are more than good that Skeats and Allen will have a job secured before they graduate.
People who know precision machining continue to be in high demand. Professor Leon Kassler said 85 percent of students will have a job waiting for them before they finish the program.
And now, the program is growing.