Following in the footsteps of his machining ancestors
While he never had the pleasure of meeting his predecessor Ken Gilliland before his passing earlier this year, Ian is dedicated to carrying on the traditions of the old Machine Shop guardsman. “I love those guys, they have so much knowledge. We have what we call the Machinery Handbook and most of these guys have all that knowledge in their heads.”
So while Ian hopes to expand the Machine Shop’s offerings in the coming months and years, he also wants to remain true to machining’s origins.
“I want the shop to very much keep its roots as a manual machine shop,” Ian explained, “And also update the program to reflect where machining is going as a whole with computer-controlled machines. I want it to be a machining and manufacturing program.”
While Ian works to expand our Machine Shop he hopes you’ll join him in a class to learn how things are made. Like Ian says, “Anyone and everyone is welcome in the Machine Shop.”