Matthew Roderick is a Lead Programmer at R&S Machining, a leader in the aerospace industry. Matthew graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate Degree in Precision Machining and Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Applied Management December 2017.

Jim Maloney, Operations Manager for R&S Machining, explains “Matthew Roderick has worked his way up to our Lead programmer from parts finishing. His work ethic, attitude and performance-based results are commendable. He is a disciplined, dependable team player and willing to lend a hand where required. I firmly believe that the combination of technical school training and his industry experience complement each other very well.”

Jeff Ogle, former Precision Machining Department Chair and instructor, tells us “Matthew was an exemplary student in the Precision Machining program. It didn’t take long to see he was going to be an asset to R&S Machining as an intern. He always had a great attitude and an outstanding work ethic. Matt pushed to learn new things, always working ahead and willing to lend a hand to his classmates,” he says. Jeff recalls Matt competing in SkillsUSA District Manufacturing contests. “In 2016, Matt placed 1st in the CNC Milling contest, advancing to State where he took 2nd place. In 2017, Matt and his team placed 1st in the Automated Manufacturing contest, advanced to State, and placed 1st again. Next stop, the SkillsUSA National Conference where Matt led his team to win the gold!”

Matthew says his Ranken education gave him the foundation and fundamentals that are so critical for continued success in the machining industry. “Without it, he says, I wouldn’t have been able to excel as much as I have and as fast as I did. I was employed by R&S Machining while I was at Ranken during both of my programs.” His favorite memory is winning gold at the 2017 SkillsUSA National Conference. Matt was also nominated for the David Ranken Jr. award in 2017.

Tom Roderick, Matthew’s father, is a Ranken alum. He received a certificate in Machine Shop in 1987 and later taught the Precision Machining program at Ranken.

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