Machine Shop Certificate, 2013
Keith is a retired, 14-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. This family man of steel earned his NAIT part-time Machine Shop Certificate with the goal of opening his own machining facility.
Having spent much of his career as a soldier, Keith has always been a life-long learner.
As a teenager in the Army Reserves, he studied engineering and bridge building. As a 14-year veteran in the Infantry Division of the Canadian Forces he was constantly building a variety of skills, some learned during a combat mission that was part of his tour of Afghanistan.
Now retired from the military, Keith is putting that passion for knowledge toward a new chapter in his life. A former infantryman, he recognizes the need for high-quality, precision tools. As an aspiring machinist/gunsmith, he sees that need in fields such as hunting and athletics, including biathlon. Given his entrepreneurial spirit and love of working with metal, Keith saw an opportunity to bring the two together in his own machine shop specializing in firearm barrelling production.
He chose NAIT to help him start to make that a reality. The polytechnic’s reputation for hands-on learning made it his first choice, and he enrolled in NAIT’s Continuing Education part-time Machine Shop and Gunsmithing courses. Keith admits it was tough to juggle evening/weekend classes with a full-time job and family commitments but he knows the rewards will be worth the effort.
“You just need to bite the bullet, keep your eye on the target, and you will realize your dreams,” he says.
With his Machine Shop Certificate firmly in hand, Keith now has skills he needs to give this new venture his best shot.