Franchot spent the first 7 years of his career performing building maintenance in office buildings. He then worked several years as a machine operator for a steel company where he operated steel cutting band saws, punch presses and drill presses. For the next 8 years he settled in as an HVAC Technician installing heating and air conditioning systems. In 2009 he was laid off and could not find comparable work. Franchot enrolled in National Able's Trade Adjustment Assistance program. With the guidance of Lorraine Ross, he searched training and career options and decided on a career as a CNC Machinist. He successfully completed Symbol's CNC 303: CNC Technology with Internship course last week. Symbol assisted Franchot with his job search by presenting his resume to our HR contact at a CNC shop a few blocks from his home. We are pleased to report that Franchot was hired as a CNC Operator/Setup Machinist. Franchot called us after his second day on the job. He said the work was hard but nothing felt better than getting back to work after so much time off. He said the supervisor explained that some of their machines were very old; however the computer programs were written using the same computer codes Franchot learned during his CNC training at Symbol. Franchot was TAA funded through Lorraine Ross at National Able, Pilsen.

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