The Boston Tooling & Machining Association, Inc​​

​​Affiliate Chapter of The National Tooling & Machining Association

PO Box 95, Dracut MA 01826  978-457-5881

Welcome to our Newsletter & Events Calendar

Brock Babb Memorial Scholarship

Do you know a deserving student in your shop, your community, your Chapter or your family that is pursuing their education in manufacturing? We need your help to engage and recruit qualified applicants for the Brock Babb Scholarship for 2019.

The Brock Babb Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the National Tooling and Machining Foundation (NTMF) in support of students advancing their education and pursuing careers in manufacturing. The scholarship is named in honor and memory of Sergeant Brock A. Babb who gave his life defending our country and our freedom, the son of one of our long time members Terry Babb, Apex Tool & Manufacturing, Inc. in Evansville, IN. Successful scholarship applicants will receive a minimum of $1,000, with typical awards of $2,000.

Students are able to re-apply for this scholarship annually, for as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. Download the document outlining the purpose, eligibility requirements and the selection process, as well as a link to the application. The deadline to submit an application is April 1st of the applicable year.

Scholarship Details

Emerging Leaders Conference
‎April‎ ‎29‎, ‎2019—‎May‎ ‎1‎, ‎2019
Marriott Downtown Louisville
Louisville, KY 

​NTMA is proud to bring you the conference designed for young professionals who are looking to advance their careers and companies through learning, engaging and networking. We’ll be in Louisville, KY April 29-May 1. Join us for discussions, presentations and networking opportunities designed ESPECIALLY FOR RISING LEADERS. To learn more please vist click on the link to the registration site.

NTMA's 30 Under 30

A Celebration of Emerging Leaders
NTMA is highlighting and celebrating those employees that are the future of this industry. Managers and supervisors are encouraged to nominate young, talented manufacturing professionals –under 30 – who have achieved great things or are showing promise. Thirty nominees will be selected from across the country to join the 30 Under 30 for 2019, offering an opportunity to connect with one another, gain valuable recognition and develop their skills and knowledge throughout the year. This elite group will also be recognized on a national level.
To nominate, please email James Mayer at [email protected] with the following information: company name, name of nominee, nominee's contact information (phone or email), achievements and contributions as well as any additional pertinent information-- or simply follow this link for an online nomination. If selected, nominees will be notified by the first week in June. Nominations are open to all dues paying members, including our National Associates. DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS MAY 17.

SkillsUSA MA CNC Competitions 2019 Update

As we prepare for the MA SkillsUSA 2019 CNC State Competitions, students are preparing for their local regional competition. There are 9 regional competitions within state of Massachusetts. The students are provided with a competition which will mirror the state competition with the addition of a written examination that covers; general machining knowledge, math, and safety standards as outline in the OSHA 10 Card certification. The contest itself is based on off the NIMS standards of Machining Skills Levels I and II. The 1st place winner from each regional competition then moves onto the State Leadership & Skills Conference.

The date has been selected for the State Leadership and Skills Conference. It will be held on April 26th,2019 at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School. The state conference is a three-day event. Students arrive on Thursday afternoon and later that evening they participate in an opening ceremony.  Friday is the day of the actual competition. Ever wonder how large the competition really is? The day of the competition there are over 3,000 attendees just here in the state! The CNC Competitions are broken down into three groups, CNC Mill, CNC Turning, and CNC Technician. Once the students arrive in the lab, they are given a safety briefing, and then split into their specific competition groups. Each competition has its own specific skill set and knowledge-based test.

After competition is completed the final scores are reported to the state officials for the awards ceremony scheduled for the next day. The awards event has gotten so large that they stream the event live because there are not enough seats!  The whole event is organized and run by the students of SkillsUSA. That is an impressive feat!​
The results from the national competition held in Louisville Kentucky 2018 were:

CNC Milling Ethan Blake who placed 17th 
CNC Turning Richard Sousa took the Silver Medal!
CNC Technician Samuel Brindle placed 14th.
As many of you know we have raised funds throughout the year to support this endeavor. The gold medal winners of the CNC Competitions are invited to complete and submit a travel scholarship application to the BTMA. Those applications that are approved will be invited to our SkillsUSA Travel Scholarship Awards night in May. Stay tuned for more details on that event!

We are currently seeking assistance for the following areas;

Volunteers for the day of the competition. Volunteers are needed to man the specific stations during the competition. They will observe and score the competitors.

Competition Participation Bags: Already going on is a recruitment effort to secure materials for the CNC Competition Participation Bags- 36 in total are being prepared. We are looking for any materials, literature, pens, mechanical pencils, rulers, beverage cozies, notes pads, stickie pads, and pocket decimal charts.
To learn more about SkillsUSA as a national organization please visit our website, and visit the newsletter page. You just might be surprised to see who supports the program!

If you are interested in assisting us, we would be most grateful. For more information or if you have questions please use the email box to contact the BTMA
Email the BTMA for more information
SkillsUSA Job Ready
This is why SkillsUSA is so great
We would like to share the National SkillsUSA Video on what SkillsUSA is all about from our local Vocational Centers to the National Leadership & Skills Conference
SkillsUSA 2018
54th National Leadership & Skills Conference Video
This video is a fabulous "recap" of what a week long National Leadership & Skills Conference is like. We invite you to share the experience.

A night of best practices and awards at AccuRounds.

We would like to thank Michael Tamasi for opening his company to the members of the BTMA in May. The Mike’s presentation talked about his company’s best practices to achieve excellence but also provided insight on best practices he has applied to engage the next generation worker. The night provided an opportunity to say thank you to the volunteers that were in attendance for their work with SkillsUSA Competition. Additionally, Ethan Blake was able to attend so that he could receive his SkillsUSA Travel Scholarship for his trip to nationals.
Kevin O'Donnell Presenting MA SkillsUSA Service Appreciation Awards-
just click to enlarge the pictures!
Cory Hartwell of AccuRounds
Joining us for the evening was one of our MA SkillsUSA Gold Medalists, Ethan Blake.Ethan took home the gold here in MA for the CNC Milling Competition. Kevin O'Donnell was able to present Ethan with his Travel Scholarship that night. James Woodward the MA SkillsUSA Management Team was apart of the evenings activities. The board would like to thank both Michael Pasciuto, BTMA's SkillsUSA Team Leader and James Woodward for their dedication to the event. 

Working to support our members!

NTMA and Grainger have come together to make it easier to get the products you use at prices you can’t beat: introducing "The Market Basket." Members now have special access to an array of products that have been vetted by members, for members. All you need to do with any pre-existing account is connect to the program by completing the downloadable form. Every time you purchase you will be helping our educational and workforce development programs.
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