Taylor Bartelt | Machinist (CNC) – Apprentice AUSTIN PAUERS | LARGE CNC DEPT LEAD
AGE: 18 & 267
YEARS AT CDM: 19 months & 8 years
EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: High School Diploma & Certificate of Apprenticeship
What do you do on a day-to-day basis at your job?
Taylor: Job shadow; set up tools; run machines; overall, help get the job done.
Austin: Manage department workflow; field questions; program, run, and set up machines; research process improvements.
How did you arrive at your current position? What was your professional or career path?
Taylor: I was interested in CNC machining, so my Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator scheduled a CDM tour.
Austin: I enjoyed constructing things with my dad and taking high school shop classes. I worked hard, completed an apprenticeship, and maximized every opportunity.
What is the best part about your job?
Taylor: Freedom to explore my career options.
Austin: Turning a rusty, sawcut, useless piece of metal into a complicated work of art.
Cole Duehring | Toolmaker – Apprentice
YEARS AT CDM: 3 months
EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: Certificate of Apprenticeship
What do you do on a day-to-day basis at your job? Work with various toolmakers to machine small components, assemble new molds and repair old molds.
How did you arrive at your current position? What was your professional or career path? Finished the two-year CNC/Tool & Die program at MPTC and was contacted by CDM at the end of the program in May 2022.
What is the best part about your job? Being able to work with my hands every day and learn continuously from experienced toolmakers and machinists.