MINDEN, Louisiana, May 6,2014—Several machine tool technology students and one instructor from Northwest Louisiana Technical College’s (NWLTC) Minden Campus spent two days touring two of the largest machine shops in north Louisiana.


The NWLTC students visited two Minden-based shops: Webster Machine, owned and operated by Steve McKinley, and Sanders Machine, owned and operated by Ricky sanders. These shops supply machine parts locally, nationally, and worldwide. They employ scores of machinists who make a variety of parts from steel and other materials.


“The core of the machine tool technology curriculum involves the set up and operation of industrial machining equipment such as engine lathes and milling machines,” said NWLTC instructor, Jerry Watkins, who coordinated the tours. McKinley added, “It was refreshing to see such a large group of enthusiastic people interested in a career as a metalworking machinist. In the 27 years I have owned a machine shop, I have always had openings for machinists and have never known of an unemployed machinist.” Watkins added “Skilled tradesmen are the lifeblood of the American workforce and are proud to say that their products are ‘Made in the USA’.”


For more information on machinist training at NWLTC, please contact Jerry Watkins, Machine Tool technology instructor, at (318) 371-3035 or jerrywatkins@nwltc.edu.


Founded in 1936, Northwest Louisiana Technical College is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The main campus is located in Minden and other campuses operate in Mansfield, Many, Natchitoches, and Shreveport. NWLTC was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges. For more information about NWLTC and its programs, visit www.nwltc.edu or contact Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. at: rickbateman@nwltc.edu.


Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Ph.D.
Interim Director, NWLTC