The young engineer Philip Jackson, an employee of Yamazaki Mazak U.K. Ltd. currently being trained in applications engineering, will be representing the UK in the CNC Milling category at the finals of the World Skills Competition in Numazu, Japan. CNC milling is one of 47 vocational skills in which 850 competitors from 48 countries will be contestants at the event.
Jackson will be part of a team of 22 people representing the UK in skill areas as diverse as plumbing, hairdressing, cooking, and website design over four days of intense competition. His challenge in Japan will consist of programming, setting, and then cutting a workpiece within a four-hour total time frame over the first two days. The last two days of competition will see him perform a more complex job over a six-hour period.
“I was lucky enough to get through a series of timed machining tests to be the only person in the UK picked to represent the UK in my chosen field,” says Jackson. “It has been excellent experience, and I have learned a lot during the last six months of training. I’m particularly looking forward to competing in Japan, as I work for a Japanese company.”
The World Skills competition will test not only his technical skills, but also how he performs under pressure—a true challenge of his training for real-world requirements. Says Jackson, “The support that I have had from Mazak in getting ready for the competition, plus the assistance, in the form of equipment and advice, from Mastercam, Sandvik , Seco, Cromwell Tools, Worcester Group Training, and Dormer, means that, whatever the outcome, I will certainly be well prepared.”
Jackson joined Yamazaki Mazak U.K. directly upon leaving school in 2001 as part of the company’s apprenticeship programme intake. He is perpetuating a family tradition in that his father and two uncles also have worked for Yamazaki Mazak.