Technical Skills, Leadership and Community Service-Upper Bucks County Technical School Selects Student of the Month

Raymond Slifer, a senior from Quakertown Community High School, has been named the Student of the Month for September at the Upper Bucks County Technical School (UBCTS).  Raymond has been enrolled in the Machining Technologies pro­gram for the past three years. 

Raymond is a Cooperative Education stu­dent trainee employed by Bracalente Manufacturing Group, Trumbaursville, PA. He is a tool room tech­ni­cian and has received all excel­lent eval­u­a­tions from his employ­er He has also excelled in the Machining Technologies Program earn­ing the OSHA 10 Safety Certification and sev­er­al NIMS (National Institute of Metal Working Skills) Certifications. He was named a mem­ber of the National Technical Honor Society and most ded­i­cat­ed Machining Technologies stu­dent. He has also com­pet­ed and placed at SkillsUSA machin­ing com­pe­ti­tions at the dis­trict and state level.

Raymond con­tributes to the com­mu­ni­ty by serv­ing as a junior fire fight­er for the Richlandtown Fire Company and a junior assis­tant scout mas­ter for Troop 87. He has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Raymond is cur­rent­ly enrolled in the UBCTS/ Bucks County Community College Technical Entrepreneurship Program. Upon grad­u­a­tion he will attend Pennsylvania College of Technology and major in Manufacturing Engineering.

About Machining Technologies

In this pro­gram,  stu­dents use high tech tools and equip­ment to shape raw mate­ri­als into pre­ci­sion com­po­nents used in the pro­duc­tion of mechan­i­cal devices. Students learn to apply rel­e­vant math­e­mat­i­cal cal­cu­la­tions, inter­pret engi­neer­ing draw­ings and CAD data, use pre­ci­sion metrol­o­gy equip­ment, plan machin­ing process­es, spec­i­fy tool­ing and equip­ment require­ments, use machin­ing equip­ment (includ­ing man­u­al and CNC equip­ment) and apply met­al­lur­gi­cal process­es.  Machine tools include com­put­ers, lath­es, drill press­es, grinders and milling machines. Students may enter the field as a machin­ist, seek a reg­is­tered appren­tice­ship, or pur­sue a col­lege degree in man­u­fac­tur­ing or mechan­i­cal engineering