Salisbury makerspace helps unemployed residents explore manufacturing career

Salisbury makerspace helps unemployed...

SALISBURY, Md. - Monday morning, machines cut out intricate designs at  M4Reactor, a Salisbury makerspace. 

Folks at M4Reactor describe this as a place where you learn how to make things, ranging from basic crafts, robotics, and 3D printing.

In that same location, instructors are attempting to expand their reach specifically with individuals looking to explore a career in manufacturing, men and women who don't know how to get a start.

William Corner, an instructor at M4Reactor teaches a CNC class, which stands for Computer Numerical Control.

"So basically people telling machines what to do and how to move, and how fast to move," says Corner.

This course is part of a series of free classes offered to unemployed residents looking to tap into the manufacturing industry in the local area.

"We've got companies that do welding machines, companies that do solar, companies that do plastic injection molding.This is a field where I think many of them saw the job possibilities out there, but had no idea as to what that career path would be  to get into those jobs," says Kevin Justice, the Executive Director at M4Reactor.

During this two-week course Corner teaches students the basics of CNC.

"What a machine is, how it operates, what are the dangers of the machine," says Corner.

Joe Perry, a Snow Hill resident, is currently taking the class. Perry tells us he has taught himself CNC machine basics using Youtube videos. Learning CNC was just a hobby for Perry, but with this course he hopes to make a career out of it.

"I''m feeling very confident right now, I'm feeling very good. All the information they are giving us is directly applicable to what it is that we will be doing in the CNC industry," says Perry.

Kevin Justice says it doesn't end there, instructors also take students to local manufacturing companies in the hopes of finding employment.

"We are not just teaching a course and sending them off on their own, we're really trying to help them get employment from this," says Justice.

The CNC class will wrap up by the end of the week, but the 3D Design and Printing class will begin Monday, April 3rd. Folks at M4Reactor say they still have a few slots open for those interested in taking the class.

For more information about the courses offered at M4Reactor click here.

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