March 13, 2013
OMAX® Corp., Kent, Wash., a designer and manufacturer of advanced abrasive waterjet technology, has received the inaugural Inspire Award from the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA). The award acknowledges the company's leadership and creativity in cultivating student interest in aerospace manufacturing careers.
From secondary education and high school programs to extensive higher-education internship opportunities, the company facilitates student participation in pursuing high-skill, high-paying manufacturing jobs.
As part of its outreach efforts, the manufacturer serves as an ongoing mentor and supporter of Aviation High School's Skunkworks Robotics and Highline High Tekerz Robotics teams. During a six-week build season, engineers work closely with students and teachers in the production of advanced robot components. Teams are able to design, fabricate, and test all robot components using advanced abrasive waterjet technology.
The company's educational commitments also extend into higher education. For more than five years, it has participated in rotating internship and co-op programs offered by such educational institutions as Kettering University, Renton College, the University of Washington, and Washington State University.