SMTCL Takes the Lead in New Vocational Training

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA, February 27, 2017 - SMTCL USA Inc. received an award at the Digital Manufacturing Showcase event on Friday, February 10 from Galesburg High School for SMTCL’s part in an exciting new partnership bringing manufacturing training to high school students.  This new program gives students an opportunity to learn CAD Design, CNC Programming, and CNC Operation.  Students from six local high schools will be able to take the classes.

Steven Zhao, Chief Executive Officer of SMTCL USA Inc., accepted the award honoring SMTCL’s part in providing a world-class Vertical Machining Center for the students to use. Zhao commented, “Our corporation has a long history of helping young people learn manufacturing skills that can improve their lives.”

Manufacturing is the nation’s biggest sector for growth in both jobs and revenue.  CNC machines allow U.S. companies to compete with companies throughout the world by using modern technology to make high quality components. This educational program will also help companies that need employees with skills in operating modern CNC equipment.    

Pegasus Manufacturing Inc., SMTCL’s distributor in Illinois, has taken a lead role in developing a curriculum that teaches students skills that they need to compete in today’s world of manufacturing. Pegasus’ President, Ray Whitehead, stated, “The educational programs are designed to give students the technical skills required to enter the advanced manufacturing workforce.”

Although CNC training has been done in community colleges and vocational schools, this program with the high schools is one of a very few in the United States.  

Zhao also stated that “High schools have been strictly focused on preparing all students for a 4-year university, when many students don’t follow that path. We are giving them another option by teaching them real-life manufacturing skills.  By learning CNC machine programing and operation, students can get a good job in manufacturing immediately after high school or they can use these skills to help them if they pursue degrees in Engineering or Industrial Design.” 

The award presented to SMTCL was designed by a student in the program, Selena Suarez, and manufactured in aluminum on the machine provide by SMTCL. Suarez, whose next project is to design a prototype for a new jeep stated, “Seeing the machine take a computer design and turn it into a 3D object that you can touch is incredible.”

The VMC850B Vertical Machining Center provided by SMTCL has the latest FANUC control.  This is the same control that is used by manufacturers such as Caterpillar, John Deere, and Ford Motor Company. By learning to program on FANUC control, students will be prepared for a job with most major manufacturers.

About SMTCL USA Inc.

SMTCL is the largest machine tool manufacturer in the world producing 80,000 machine tools each year and has annual revenues of $2.9 billion. SMTCL has over 300 products including CNC boring mills, vertical turning centers, vertical machining centers, horizontal turning centers, horizontal machining centers, gantry type machining centers, pipe threading machines and tapping centers. SMTCL also makes conventional lathes, boring mills, and radial drills. SMTCL has design centers in Berlin, Germany and Shanghai, China as well as multiple factories in Germany and China. The SMTCL USA Inc. Technology Center is located in City of Industry, California and stocks machines, replacement parts, and accessories.   SMTCL has a network of full service distributors in North America who have extensive training, parts, installation, and field service capabilities.

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About Pegasus Manufacturing Inc.

Pegasus Manufacturing Inc. is a leading contract manufacturer of complex machined parts and assemblies for the food processing, automotive, industrial, and mold and die industries. Their facility utilizes some of the most advanced and accurate CNC milling and CNC turning equipment available. Their quality inspection department hosts some of the most accurate test equipment to meet the most extreme demands of today’s machine industry. To learn more about Pegasus Manufacturing, please visit

Left to Right: Ray Whitehead, President of Pegasus Manufacturing; Galesburg High School Students Brian Wright and Selena Suarez; Steven Zhao, CEO of SMTCL USA Inc.


Left to Right: Steve Wilder, Superintendent of Knoxville Regional School System; Ray Whitehead, President of Pegasus Manufacturing; Steven Zhao, CEO of SMTCL USA Inc; Jeff Huston, Principle of Galesburg High School


Left to Right: Jeff Huston, Principle of Galesburg High School; Engineering Class of Galesburg High School; Steven Zhao, CEO of SMTCL USA Inc; Ray Whitehead, President of Pegasus Manufacturing


Students Watching an SMTCL CNC Horizontal Boring Mill in Operation