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Celena Impresses with CNC

We meet first-year apprentice, Celena Foba (20 years old). For the next two years, she is actively working to become a certified CNC operator. With an unparalleled will and desire to work, she has convinced many that she deserves to be here.

— Celena came to us on placement for two weeks through school. Quickly I understood that we had to bring her into the company, begins Olav Vik, Team Leader at GKN Aerospace Norway AS.

— I have had many titles and many different roles while working at GKN, and have been involved in a number of recruitments in my time. After so many years, you quickly feel whether the person is the right candidate. I got that feeling with Celena. She came in here and impressed us all, says Olav enthusiastically.

What is CNC?

CNC is short for Computer Numerical Control. It is about machining using programming. With CNC you make many similar and complex parts in metal or other materials.

What is CNC?

CNC is short for Computer Numerical Control. It is about machining using programming. With CNC you make many similar and complex parts in metal or other materials.

Male-dominated profession? Celena did not even give it a thought. She is determined that she will become something within the engineering profession. CNC operator is a good place to start.

— When I was here on assignment, I got to see what this profession is like and how the machines work. I found it extremely exciting. I was able to follow the development of the parts. That was also very cool, says Celena enthusiastically.

Celena aims to become a fully certified CNC operator, and then an education in engineering.

— I have a bet with my cousin. To compete for whoever manages to become an engineer first, and I aim to win!

What does Celena actually do?

A CNC operator works within several businesses such as mechanical, chemical, oil, shipbuilding, and wood processing. Jobs can be found in large and small companies that are highly specialized in manufacturing new products for the mechanical industry, and in workshops for maintenance of equipment in other industries. Source K-tech.no

Photo: Olav Vik and Celena in the production hall.

What does Celena actually do?

A CNC operator works within several businesses such as mechanical, chemical, oil, shipbuilding, and wood processing. Jobs can be found in large and small companies that are highly specialized in manufacturing new products for the mechanical industry, and in workshops for maintenance of equipment in other industries. Source K-tech.no

Photo: Olav Vik and Celena in the production hall.

Ready for the Challenges of the Future

Six years ago, Celena and her family moved to Norway from the warm regions of Africa. Celena tells what it was like arriving in Norway as a 14-year-old.

– “Cold!” she says quickly, smiling.

– It was quite tough to start in the 10th grade; not only at a new school, which many can experience – but also in a new country. Everyone had made friends with relations from 8th and 9th grade. But all in all, it went well. I made friends and finished Middle School.

After 10th grade, Celena went to introductory school before starting high school. There she attended TIP (Technical and Industrial Production) the first year, industrial mechanic in the second year, and CNC operator in the third year, with apprenticeships at K-tech and GKN.

— CNC operator is a very sought-after profession now and will continue to be in the years to come. Much is under development. Products are future-oriented. Moving forward, we need people who are ready for the challenge, says Olav.

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The future is now. If we are to remain a relevant workplace and company, we must continue to cultivate good, competent skilled workers. Focusing on both professional and personal development is essential at GKN Aerospace Norway AS.

– There is a reason why I have been here for 37 years. I get to learn something new all the time, as well as being part of extensive and compelling projects. For example, I have participated in the world’s most extensive aircraft engine program. How compelling isn’t that? says Olav enthusiastically.

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