Hello, and welcome to my page. This page is designed to showcase some of the Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CAD) and Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) work my students have done. I am teacher at Saline High Schoool and the South & West Washtenaw Consortium (SWWC). I currently teach Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Advanced Manufacturing (manual and computer aided manufacturing), Architectural Drafting, and Project Lead the Way: Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW: IED).
By using the links in the upper right hand corner of my site, you can explore my different classes and see examples of projects done in each one. During the design process, my classes use many softwares. Most notably they use AutoDesk Inventor HSM and AutoCAD. Architectural students use AutoDesk Revit and Lumion for their designs and models. Student versions of AutoDesk softwares can be downloaded for free from HERE. *IF THE LINK DOESN'T WORK, HOLD DOWN CTRL ON YOUR KEYBOARD WHEN CLICKING TO OPEN IN A NEW TAB*
If you would like to download AutoCAD for Mac click HERE.
In addition to the AutoDesk software package, my students also use MasterCAM X8.
I have been teaching CAD and Architecture for the past 14 years, and it is my belief that competition leads to higher productivity as well as deeper learning. My classes compete at a number of competitions, most notably SkillsUSA and the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) competition.
CAD STUDENTS TAKE 56 PLAQUES FROM 91ST ANNUAL MITES COMPETITION!
For the last 91 years, the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society has been hosting a project based competition. Around 30 or 40 years ago the regional competition was held here in Saline. This was our sixth year competing, and our SWWC CAD class had the strongest showing yet. We entered projects into around 20 different categories, including things like photo-realistic renderings of CAD drawings, blueprints, hand drawings, and model houses. The class had all 111 projects that were entered make it through regionals and qualify for states, and an amazing 56 of them placed top 3 in the state and earned a plaque. We had 16 individual state champions, 22 runners-up, and 18 third place finishes. Nice job breaking the class record!
A huge congrats to Ryan Schwartz for being named "Darling of MITES" this year! Ryan turned in 8 projects into numerous categories, some of which were entered to fill openings left by classmates. His projects all placed well, and he ended up taking home four plaques! Nice job Ryan, and keep up the good work!
ALL 4 CAD STUDENTS MEDAL AT SKILLSUSA STATE FINALS 2019!
STATE CHAMPS IN TECHNICAL AND ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING FOR 1st TIME!
CAD/CIM STUDENTS WILL REPRESENT MICHIGAN IN 3 COMPETITIONS AT NATIONALS!
This April we had four students from our CAD program in Grand Rapids competing at the SkillsUSA State Championships, and for the first time all 4 took home medals! Emma King and Ruth Sullivan competed in Technical Drafting, while Chris Laycock and Joey Yaklin competed in Architectural Drafting. They all performed very well, but it was Emma and Chris that were crowned State Champions in their respective competitions.
In the Technical Drafting competition, high school and college students are in different divisions yet they compete in the same room and are given the same problem. Emma not only won gold in the high school division, but he scored higher than the gold medalist in the college division. Since she was the top placer out of both divisions, he was given industry awards including a $1255 Herman Miller office chair and a $430 CAD Spacemouse combo, which is basically a CAD joystick and mouse. In addition, she'll be representing Michigan at nationals this June in Louisville. On top of this success, Ruth Sullivan finished 2nd and took home the silver in the same competition and becomes our first two-time medalist! She performed really well, and finished just a few points behind Emma in a 1000 point contest. She was also given industry awards including a CAD SpaceMouse combo.
In the Architectural Drafting competition, we were finally able to end a 5 year streak from a rival school and bring home the gold! Chris Laycock pulled off the upset, and earned himself a 1st place medal and the honor of representing Michigan at Nationals this June. Joey Yaklin finished 3rd, but it is important to understand that he spent a large portion of this school year helping to expand our architecture curriculum so that it covers every competency from the last five years of SkillsUSA Architecture problems . Joey figured out the best methods for accomplishing each competency with our software, and because of him all future students will leave the program better off. There is no doubt that we would not be representing Michigan at Nationals if it wasn't for Joey. Also, he has expressed and interest in being a CAD teacher and I truly hope he continues on that path!
Congratulations to all 4 students, and good luck at Nationals!
STEIN, TROUT, AND ROWLAND WIN SKILLSUSA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!
For the last 5 years, the SWWC has represented the state of Michigan at the SkillsUSA National Championships in the Automated Manufacturing Technology competition. Jake Stein of Saline, Trenton Trout of Milan, and Adam Rowland of Milan earned our best finish yet by winning a national title and bringing home the gold! This competition consists of three students completing CAD drawings, using CAM software to create tool-paths, and operating a CNC machine to manufacture interlocking parts. Each student has their individual role in the team, but then they must come together to ensure that the parts fit together properly and that the prints are flawless.
These three students worked extremely hard, training all spring and coming in after graduation to prepare for this competition. There was a ton of pressure on them, as our teams finished 2nd and 3rd in the previous two years. They came through in fine fashion, and deserved to be crowned National Champions. I could not be more proud of them.
This summer, Jake Stein is running CNC machines at MMI Engineered Solutions in Saline and Trent Trout doing the same at TNT-EDM in Plymouth. Adam Rowland will be studying mechanical engineering at Lawrence Tech in the fall.
In addition, Nick Urquhart competed in Technical Drafting, and finished 12th out of 42 competitors despite having a mishap with his prints. I am beyond proud of him as well, as he is the highest placing SWWC student in Technical Drafting at Nationals.
Lastly, due to the growth and success of our Manufacturing program, we were selected by the Rich and Marion Leonhard Foundation to receive two new CNC machines. The value of the two machines that they have chosen to donate is over $50,000. I look forward to using them next year, and to continue producing some of the best manufacturing students in the country.
CAD STUDENTS TAKE 40 PLAQUES FROM 9OTH ANNUAL MITES COMPETITION!
For the last 90 years, the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society has been hosting a project based competition. Around 30 or 40 years ago the regional competition was held here in Saline. This was our fifth year competing, and our SWWC CAD class had the strongest showing yet. We entered projects into around 20 different categories, including things like photo-realistic renderings of CAD drawings, blueprints, hand drawings, and model houses. The class had all 84 projects that were entered make it through regionals and qualify for states, and an amazing 40 of them placed top 3 in the state and earned a plaque. We had 9 individual state champions, 16 runners-up, and 15 third place finishes. Nice job breaking the class record!
I am very proud of my entire class and how they contributed to this years success, but I have to single out a few students. Robert Smith, Emma King, and Ruth Sullivan had really strong showings, and completed more projects than they were assigned for the competition. In five years, the SWWC CAD class has brought home 155 plaques and had 42 individual state champions, and 2 Grand Divisional winners! Congrats to all those who competed!
CAD STUDENTS FINISH 1ST AND 2ND IN TECHNICAL DRAFTING AT SKILLSUSA STATE FINALS 2018!
In April, four students from our CAD program were in Grand Rapids competing at the SkillsUSA State Championships. Ruth Sullivan and Nick Urquhart competed in Technical Drafting, while Spencer Mitton and Robert Smith competed in Architectural Drafting. They all performed very well, but it was Nick and Ruth that took the highest honors. For Technical Drafting, high school and college students are in different divisions yet they compete in the same room and are given the same problem. Nick not only won gold in the high school division, but he scored higher than the gold medalist in the college division. Since he was the top placer out of both divisions, he was given industry awards including a $1200 Herman Miller office chair and a $430 CAD Spacemouse combo, which is basically a CAD joystick and mouse. In addition, he'll be representing Michigan at nationals this June in Louisville. On top of this success, Ruth Sullivan finished 2nd and took home the silver in the same competition. She performed really well, and finished just 8 points behind Nick in a 1000 point contest! Ruth is a junior, so we are looking forward to next year and another opportunity to win a state championship. She was also given industry awards including a CAD SpaceMouse combo. First year architecture student Spencer Mitton finished 4th in Architectural Drafting, while Robert Smith finished in the top 10. Congrats to all of them for a job well done!
MANUFACTURING TEAM FINISH 2ND IN THE NATION AT SKILLSUSA NATIONALS 2017!!!
This year's Automated Manufacturing Technology team of Tobias Schmidt, Jake Stein, and Logan Bruneau solidified the program by taking another medal at nationals this year, as they finished 2nd in Louisville! They had to produce three interchangeable parts that dependently functioned off of each other, as well as produce all of the working drawings for the assembly. This is the first time the format of the competition has changed in years, but it didn't throw our team off of their game. They were able to work together to produce all three parts and show their functionality, and took home the silver in the process. Well done!
SWWC STUDENTS PLACED WITH COMPANIES FOR INTERNSHIPS/JOBS!
We would like to thank the following companies for working with us, helping bring real world application to what we do:
- Kyocera Unimerco
- MMI Engineered Solutions
- NSK Corporation
- TNT - EDM
- Black and Veatch
- Hines Industries
- Advanced Industries
SOME UNIQUE EXAMPLES OF OUR WORK!
Many people like to ask what we model and design in my classes. The answer is virtually everything! From Amiibos to Drill Press Brackets, we have it all! Here are some examples of student work done in my CAD classes:
CAD CLASS TAKES HOME 36 PLAQUES FROM 89TH ANNUAL MITES COMPETITION!
The Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society has been hosting a project based competition for 89 years now, and once again the SWWC CAD students had their strongest showing yet. There are around 25 different categories that we enter drawings/projects into, including things like photo-realistic renderings of CAD drawings, hand drawings, and model houses. This year every project that we turned in qualified for states, and an amazing 36 of them placed top 3 in the state and earned a plaque. We had 11 individual state champions, 11 runner-ups, and 10 third place finishes.
My entire class contributed to this success, but I have to single out Alex Hartman, who had 3 individual projects that won state titles, as well as another that finished runner-up and another that took 3rd. On top of this, he won a Divisional Grand Award for Excellence in Animation, which means his animation was deemed the greatest regardless of division or level! Nice job Alex! I would also like to point out that Tobias Schmidt also took home a Divisional Grand Award for Excellence in Mechanical Drafting. Congrats. In the last four years, the SWWC CAD class has brought home 115 plaques and had 33 individual state champions, and now 2 Grand Divisional winners! Congrats to all!
MANUFACTURING TEAM FINISH 3RD IN THE NATION AT SKILLSUSA NATIONALS 2016!!! CAD 13th!!!
The Automated Manufacturing team of Nick Kurgin, Matt Hargrove, and Philip Burtell proved that the SWWC has one of the best manufacturing programs in the country when they took home the bronze at the SkillsUSA National competition this past June in Louisville! They did a phenomenal job representing our program, school, and state. The competition was tough, and the part was complex, but our boys pulled it off and finished 3rd in the nation! Congrats to all three of them. In addition, Chris Okarski finished 13th in the nation in Computer Aided Drafting after winning a state championship at SkillsUSA. Nicely done!
RECORD BREAKING YEAR AT 88TH ANNUAL MITES COMPETITION! 32 PLAQUES!
The Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society has been hosting a project based competition for 88 years now, and this year the SWWC CAD students had their strongest showing yet. There are around 25 different categories that we enter drawings/projects into, including things like photo-realistic renderings of CAD drawings, hand drawings, and model houses. The class had 81 drawings/projects qualify for states, and an amazing 32 of them placed top 3 in the state and earned a plaque. We had 11 individual state champions, 11 runner-ups, and 10 third place finishes.
My entire class contributed to this success, but I have to single out Karinne Stacey, who had 3 individual projects that won state titles, as well as another that finished runner-up. I would also like to point out that Joe Lentine created the Medical Drone (state champion) and Jigsaw Puzzle animations that you can view by clicking the imagine to the right, and Bhakari Bridgewater for his Camera Shutter animation (state runner up). In the last three years, the SWWC CAD class has brought home 79 plaques and had 21 individual state champions! Congrats to all those who competed!
GOLD, SILVER, AND BRONZE WINNERS AT SKILLSUSA STATE FINALS 2016!
The CAD programs looked to be the strongest in the state at SkillsUSA due to the excellent performances by Chris Okarski, Joe Lentine, Abby Morton, and Johnny Monge!
Chris Okarski was crowned State Champion and awarded a gold medal in Technical Drafting, while his teammate and friend Joe Lentine secured the silver by finishing just behind him in second place. That means that the two students sent to represent our school in Technical Drafting are also the best two draftsmen in the state! In addition, Chris Okarski will represent the state of Michigan at SkillsUSA Nationals this June in Louisville!
In Architectural Drafting, Abby Morton took home the bronze in a very tough and close competition. With Abby being a junior this year, she will have another shot at a state championship next year. Johnny Monge had a strong performance as well, finishing 5th in the state!
Congratulations to our students, and thank you for representing our programs so well. We are all very proud of you!
MANUFACTURING STUDENTS FINISH 10TH IN THE NATION AT SKILLSUSA 2015!!!
Competition season has begun, and the Advanced Manufacturing and CAD students have already had a strong showing. First off, the Advanced Manufacturing team of Bryan Hinkle, Alan Wilson, and Andrew Sanderson won anther state title at SkillsUSA! How you ask? By default! After our team won a state title last year, other schools decided not to compete this year. While we were unhappy about this, we were more than happy when the team finished 10th in the nation! Way to go guys!
CAD STUDENTS DOMINATE 87th ANNUAL MITES COMPETITION WITH 22 PLAQUES!
Every year since its formation in 1928, the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society runs a project-based competition that covers all areas of industrial technology, from woodworking and metalworking to graphic arts. The regional competitions were actually held at Saline High School and run by Mr. Bruce Ross during the 1970s and 1980s. This year, the SWWC CAD class entered over 150 projects into 25 different categories of Mechanical Drafting and Architectural Drafting. To qualify for states, which is held at Saginaw Valley State University, a project has to finish top 4 at regionals. This years class had 113 projects move on to states. The projects fared well in Saginaw, with 73 placing top 10 in the state. 22 of the projects placed in the top 3, and those projects were awarded with a plaque. The class had 4 individual state champions, who produced the best drawings in the state in their respective category. The strongest showings came from Lizy Pollack, Max Kelley, Chris Okarski, Josiah Rentschler, Quinn Foster, and Katie Vaujin. In the last two years, the SWWC CAD class has brought home 47 plaques and had 10 individual state champions. Congrats to all students that participated!
CAD AND ADVANCE MANUFACTURING STUDENTS COMPETES AT SKILLSUSA STATE FINALS 2015!
Four CAD students competed in Grand Rapids at SkillsUSA and had a strong showing! They began the competition with Katie Vaujin and Max Kelley winning medals for thier performance on the SkillsUSA Leasdership Test! This is the first time Mr. Vasiloff has ever had a student medal on the test, and this year we had two. Representing our school in Architectural Drafting was Quinn Foster and Katie Vaujin, who placed 5th and 9th respectively. Kimmy Hays and Max Kelley competed in Technical Drafting and performed well also. Congratulations to all those who competed, and we are all very proud of you!
LUCKHARDT, SPICER, AND HINKLE WIN GOLD AT SKILLSUSA STATES AND PLACE 11TH AT NATIONALS IN 2014!!!
Despite a computer chip literally melting and our mill rendered useless, the team pulled through and won the gold medal in Automated Manufacturing at this years SkillsUSA State Championships. They kept a cool head through all the drama, worked together, and pulled off the biggest upset Mr. Vasiloff has seen in 9 years of going to SkillsUSA! The team was able to dissect the scoring rubric for the competition and focused on the CAD aspect of the competition, and they ended up not only scoring higher than all the high school teams but the college teams as well! At Nationals in Kansas City, the team finished 11th! Great job guys!
SWWC CAD STUDENTS HAVE STRONG SHOWING AT 86TH ANNUAL MITES COMPETITION WITH 25 PLAQUES!
This year the South and West Washtenaw Consortium CAD class continued their success by taking home 25 plaques! To earn a plaque, your project must finish top 3 in the State. There are 21 Mechanical Drafting categories, and the class entered projects into 19 of them. The categories range from Orthographic Projections and Isometric Views to Manual Drawings and Photorealistic Renderings. We had 6 individual State Champions, 9 Runner-ups, and 10 Third Places! Nice job everyone! For complete results, click the MITES link on the left side of the page.
What we are most proud of is that fact that such a small number of students produced so much high quality work for this competition, and each student won at least one plaque! The class completed 80 projects to enter into the Regional competition, and 77 of them qualified for States!
HERMAN AND DIUBLE TAKE 4th AT U of M ENGINEERING COMPETITION!
It is that time of year again! The Advanced Manufacturing and Computer Aided Drafting classes are geared up for competitions, and the season started with the University of Michigan-Dearborn Engineering Competition on March 22nd. There were 61 teams competing there, and George Herman and Jake Diuble managed to finish 4th place! Way to go guys!
A STRONG COMPETITION SEASON CONTINUES WITH SUCCESS AT SKILLSUSA 2014!
After teaching 8 years in the Wayne-Westland Community School District, I took my first crop of Saline students to the SkillsUSA State Championships in Grand Rapids! Haliegh Stovall (11th) competed in Architectural Drafting, and Mark Maidaniuc (8th) competed in CNC - Milling. Jake Diuble (10th), Pat Drumm (12th), and Augie VanHout (6th) competed in Technical Drafting. Then there was the team of Lee Luckhardt, Ken Spicer, and Bryan Hinkle who competed in Automated Manufacturing. The competition was tough, but we ended up taking home the gold in Automated Manufacturing!