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Manufacturing Matters at Lorain County JVS

The passion for manufacturing can be felt as soon as you enter the Precision Machine Technology lab at Lorain County JVS. The students, and their instructor, John Green, aren’t shy about sharing it either.

Junior Precision Machine Technology student, Zachary Lookenott from Avon Lake, was excited to share his knowledge and passion for manufacturing. “I’ve been around machining my whole life because of the type of work my Dad does,” shared Lookenott. “When I shadowed this lab as a 10th grader last year, I really realized how much I enjoy doing these things, and I jumped in head first.”

It is important to Lookenott for people to understand all that his program has to offer and how many different types of skills he and his classmates learn on a daily basis. “Sometimes it is hard for me to explain exactly what we do in here, but I really want people to gain a better understanding of it.”

During their first year in the program, one of the things the students do is make their own tools, most of which will end up in their toolboxes as they move forward in their schooling and careers. This also allows the students to get the feel for a lot of the tools, for example a tap wrench that is made in lab is also used on nearly every project that they will work on.

Lookenott also showcased some manufacturing drawings, which has all of the basic dimensions needed and all the tolerances listed, in order to manufacture a part. He then explained that the manufacturing drawings lead to the assembly drawings, which is where the parts come together, and you can see how they are assembled into the finished product.

An important skill that the students are learning is quick problem solving abilities. “We have to be able to tell by sight and feel when something isn’t exactly right, and then quickly adjust to solve the issue.” said Lookenott.

One particular project that Lookenott explained was a metal walking stick his classmate Bryce Keown (Firelands) worked on. “I liked this project because it showcases all the tools we use and allowed us to practice the process that they do, and instead of doing that on a piece of stock that will just get thrown out, we wanted to something to show for it,” said Lookenott.

Keown explained the process of his project. “First I had to calculate the geometry in order to grind the correct relief angles. This work was done on the manual lathe machines, so it really took a steady hand to get it right. It was cool to take geometry and turn it into a real result that you can hold in your hand.”

Numerous junior students in the program now were 10th graders at JVS last year. Lookenott and Keown are in that group and said that being able to see the program that early, and work alongside upperclassmen, gave them a jump start when this school year started. Now they are able to work side by side with 10th graders, and show them the ropes, which they both said is really cool.