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Micro Craft President and CEO Kenneth W. Sullivan presents Peyton B. Teters, of Estill Springs, with the company’s first Apprentice Machinist Award. Pictured with them, Operations Manager Jim Ivins and HR Specialist Jennifer Savard were instrumental in the development of the Apprentice Machinist Award Program, aimed at area high school students in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln and Moore counties who plan to pursue a technical career in machining. Micro Craft plans to select one candidate for the program each year.

Peyton B. Teters, of Estill Springs, is the winner of Micro Craft, Inc.’s Apprentice Machinist Award Program, the company announced Thursday.

Peyton B. Teters graduated May 2018 from Franklin County High School. He is currently enrolled at Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Shelbyville for the Machine Tool Technology program, a requirement of the Micro Craft program. Teters will work at Micro Craft, Inc. as a part-time employee applying the skills acquired at TCAT Shelbyville.

When asked why he decided to pursue a technical education instead of college Peyton said, “Throughout my high school career, I never knew what I wanted to do with my life. I took several vocational classes – construction and collision repair to figure out what I wanted to do for a living. One of my dad’s friends owns a machine shop. While I was doing my Tennessee Promise community service hours I decided to job shadow him. I saw many interesting things like how workers could take a blue print, read it and build the parts. I am very eager to learn how to read a blueprint, make a part from scratch, and use a CNC Machine. I have always been a hand-on learner and enjoy spending time working with my hands.”

“This is the reason we created this award,” said Micro Craft President and CEO Kenneth W. Sullivan. “We wanted graduating high school seniors to realize there are other career paths they can pursue besides going to college. By using the TN Promise Scholarship they can come out of school debt free and have a part-time job with Micro Craft while in school.”

Micro Craft announced the inaugural program in April.  Each year, the company will select one candidate from among area high school students in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln and Moore counties who plan to pursue a technical career in machining.

Earning potential for Machinist in the area continues to grow and technical skills are highly sought after by local employers especially with the revitalization of the Manufacturing Industry.

This award celebrates Micro Craft’s unyielding commitment in developing a highly skilled manufacturing workforce in Tullahoma.

HR Specialist Jennifer Savard and Operations Manager Jim Ivins were instrumental in the development of this award. They plan to continue to expand their outreach regarding the Apprentice Machinist Award Program and garner the support and involvement of the community, local high schools, and award recipients.

Established in 1958, Micro Craft is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected producers of wind tunnel models, flight demonstrators and specialized test equipment.

Today, Micro Craft is a 100% ESOP with a wide range of engineering experience and machining capabilities specifically designed to meet the needs of the aerospace industry.