Lanier Technical College hosted the SkillsUSA Post-Secondary State Championship’s Automated Manufacturing Technology Competition at the College’s Hall Campus. Team Lanier Tech competed with teams from Wiregrass Technical College in Valdosta, Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, and South Georgia Technical College in Americus. The 12 student competitors and their four teams will learn their results on Saturday, March 23, 2019 during the SkillsUSA State Competition.
Group photo of all 12 competitors.
The Skills USA Automated Manufacturing Technology competition consisted of students utilizing Computer Automated Drafting (CAD) to construct part geometry, Computer Automated Machining (CAM) to generate tool paths, and Computer Numerical Controls (CNC) to machine the part. These tools and parts are utilized to run and maintain factory equipment and high tech, advanced assembly processes. AMT skills are in high demand in today’s high tech, advanced manufacturing environments.

Photo of Team Lanier Tech. L-R: Lanier Tech Advisor, Tommy Morris; Christoff Sacha; Mason Sollenburger, Conner Jordan.

The results from the AMT competition will be announced at the SkillsUSA Post-Secondary State Championships on Saturday, March 23rd in Atlanta. The gold medal winners will go on to National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky to represent the state of Georgia in the national competition.

The highly skilled, professional judges included Phil Shirley of Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Brandon Dormak of Specialty Bottles, and Skip Birskovich of Haas Machines, Phillips Industries.

Craig Taylor, Lanier Tech’s Precision Machining and Manufacturing Instructor and an experienced industry professional, noted that “Skills USA provides a platform for students to prove and improve their technical skills to employers prior to graduation, providing a resume building opportunity as well as networking opportunities with students and practitioners both locally, regionally, and nationally.”


Lanier Technical College has a 100 percent job placement rate five out six years in a row with 100 percent in-field placement in 2018. The College offers over 50 programs of study in some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including healthcare, energy, business and industry, and public or private service. Lanier Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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