CNCMachines.net will award three $1,000 scholarships to veterans who want to pursue careers as machinists. To qualify, a veteran should submit a copy of his or her record of service (DD214), along with a 1,000-word essay on why he or she would like to become a machinist. One scholarship per month will be awarded in February, March and April of 2019. Submission deadlines are February 5, March 5 and April 5.
“A shortage of skilled labor is the biggest challenge that manufacturers face. Veterans have the transferable skills, work ethic, and integrity that are a perfect fit for the industry,” says Curt Doherty, founder and CEO of CNCMachines.net.
That viewpoint is shared by the Manufacturing Institute, which determined in its publication, “From Military Front Lines to Manufacturing Front Lines: Veterans and Your Workforce,” that ex-military personnel make excellent manufacturing workers. The report specifically calls out certain traits that veterans typically possess that meld well in the manufacturing industry: ability to readily learn new skills and concepts; leadership skills; understanding of the value of teamwork; performing well under pressure; respect for procedures; being attuned to global and technological trends as well as health and safety standards.
The natural fit of veterans with manufacturing has also been called out by other military and manufacturing organizations including Military.com—a large online military and veteran membership organization with more than 10 million members.
“As a company, we want to help the American manufacturing industry, and CNCMachines.net will continue to do what we can to ensure its strong future,” says Mr. Doherty. “If there is any group who I believe can make the biggest difference and help achieve that, it’s our United States veterans.”