Female Machining Student Pursues Passion for Building Machine Parts

Lynn Wos

Building things has always been a passion of Lynn Wos. She found her niche in the manufacturing field while taking a welding class during sophomore year of high school. As she continued welding into her senior year, she also became interested in machine shop.

 “I really like math and I want to be more hands-on. I prefer to work in a machine shop or a welding shop,” she said.

After graduating from Johnsburg high school last May, Wos decided to further her skills in machining and gain an advantage in finding a job. So she enrolled in the Computer Numerical Controlled Machining (CNC) certificate program this fall semester at McHenry County College (MCC). The CNC classes are part of MCC’s Fast Track program, which offers courses one night a week and are arranged in a sequence that provides optimal learning opportunities. Wos is also taking a blueprint reading class, which will make her more marketable.

In spring, she hopes to secure an internship with an area manufacturer and will earn her CNC Machining certificate in May 2015.

“When I leave MCC, I plan to move to the East Coast and find a job as a machinist. I’d like to start out in a small shop making tools and continue to learn through my job.”

“MCC works for me because it’s reasonably priced, close to home and it allows me to get a good start for where I plan to go in the future,” she said. “The Fast Track program makes it easy to start doing what you love as soon as possible and it’s a fun learning environment -- I look forward to going to class.”

Wos said she recommends MCC to future college students. “It’s a good opportunity to find out what you’d like to do without paying the (four-year) university tuition. You can apply yourself as much as you can and begin working on your career and educational goals.”

At MCC, students who earn a CNC Machining Certificate have the opportunity to use their credits toward an Advanced Manufacturing Certificate and then apply those credits toward an Associate in Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology.

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