HN precision machining students take home multiple competition prizes, advance to state contest

Huntington North High School precision machining students (from left) Sam White received third place, Colt Coblentz received fourth place and Jacob Haneline received first place in the Precision Machining competition during the recent Regional SkillsUSA competition at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast.
Huntington North High School precision machining students (from left) Sam White received third place, Colt Coblentz received fourth place and Jacob Haneline received first place in the Precision Machining competition during the recent Regional SkillsUSA competition at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. Photo provided.

Huntington North High School precision machining students competed Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Regional SkillsUSA competition at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. Five HNHS students will advance to the state SkillsUSA competition on April 13 and 14 in Indianapolis.  

Below are HNHS’s results from the competition:

Precision Machining Competition
• First place – Jacob Haneline.

• Third place – Sam White.

• Fourth place – Colt Coblentz.

Computer Numeric Control (CNC)
• First place, CNC Mill – Andrew Lund.

• First place, CNC Lathe – Jacob Burns.

“I am very proud of how our Precision Machining students performed at this year’s regional SkillsUSA competition,” said Precision Machining Instructor Brian Murray. “Placing first in each category entered and having a total of five students moving on to the state competition in April is a testament to how serious our students take these opportunities and how hard they work to be successful here at the Learning Center.”

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations.  

Huntington North’s Precision Machining Program is a two-year program designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the precision machining processes used in industry, manufacturing, maintenance and repair. The course instructs the student in industrial safety, terminology, tools and machine tools, measurement and layout. Students become familiar with the setup and operation of power saws, drill presses, lathes, milling machines, grinders and the setup, operation and programming of CNC (computer controlled) machines.

The Precision Machining Program is a dual-credit opportunity for students through Ivy Tech Community College Northeast.