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Precision Machining Advisory Board

The Precision Machining department is advised by a board of representatives from industry. The board represents the business and positions our students will encounter upon graduation. The board meets formally at least once a year (with additional informal meetings). The board advises the department on current industry trends, recommends equipment and curriculum, and helps the program raise funds.

The council makes recommendations for equipment and curriculum and gives insight in the current trends in industry and education and review performance of the program. They also help the program solicit donations.

Ron Barse

Tooling Solutions Worldwide
Ron currently works at Tooling Solutions Worldwide, and is a graduate of the Lake Area Tech Machine Tool program.

Larry Bone

Midwest Precision Tool & Die Inc.

Mark Engebretson

Twin City Die Casting Inc.

Mark is currently the Plant Manager, Twin City Die Casting Inc. in Watertown. TC Die is a supplier of die-cast parts. He is a graduate of our Machine Tool program. Mark is the youngest Plant Manager TCDC has ever employed. Mark enjoys spending time with his family and fishing.

Val Jaspers


Val is currently an Applications Engineer with Kennametal. He covers all of North and South Dakota assisting Manufacturing facilities with their tooling needs. Val received his Machine Tool Technology degree from LATC in 1977 and has been in area ever since.

James Starzl

Graco Inc.

James is currently a Manufacturing Engineer at Graco in Sioux Falls, SD. He holds and Associates degree in Machine Tool Technology, a Bachelors degree in Management, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Sioux Falls. Jim enjoys spending time with his family and anything outdoors in his free time.

Dale Kopman

Dale’s Machines Inc.

Dale is the founder and owner of “Dale’s Machines Inc.” Hayti, SD. Dale’s is a “full service” source for your machine tool needs. Dale enjoys his family, boating, fishing, helping customers, designing and building machines.

Robb Loomis

Premier Source

Robb is currently employed at Premier Source in Brookings, SD. Premier Source is a full service, custom injection molder which will ship up to complete assemblies of customer’s products. He is a graduate of our Machine Tool program. In his free time Robb enjoys racing, snowmobiling, and outdoor activities.

Paul Streff

P4 Manufacturing

Paul is currently owner / operator of P4 Manufacturing in Clark. P4 machines parts from medical prototypes to production run gear-cases, from plastic prototypes and vintage motorcycle parts to 2000# weldments. Paul is a LATC machine tool graduate and former instructor.

Brian Peterman

Horton Inc.

Brian is currently the evening shift Area Manager at Horton Inc. located in Britton, SD. Horton is a leading provider of value-added engine cooling system solutions worldwide.

Dennis Volzke

Cardinal Tool Inc.

Dennis is currently the Toolroom supervisor, at Cardinal Tool Inc. in Aberdeen, SD. Cardinal Tool is a custom injection molder. He is a graduate of our Machine Tool program. Dennis enjoys his family, and family activities.