The Machine Tool Technology program at Mid-Coast School of Technology will greatly benefit from a recent gift of tools, which was given in memory of Benard C. Houghton.

Houghton was a career machinist with more than 42 years of industry experience. As an experimental machinist, Houghton worked for the Raytheon Company in Wayland, Mass., where he helped manufacture parts for radar and sonar systems, as well parts for the Hawk, Patriot, and Minute Man Missile Systems. Houghton was a respected member of both the International Association of Machinists and the Aerospace Workers Union.

Prior to his passing, Houghton requested for his tools to be donated to a school that prepares students for a career in machining and manufacturing. The tool collection ranges from precise measuring instruments to one of a kind cutting tools manufactured by Houghton for specific projects. Houghton’s tools will help future students at Mid-Coast School of Technology begin their future careers in the machining and engineering fields.

“I would like to thank Bernard’s family for seeking out Mid-Coast School of Technology’s Machine Tool Technology class for the gift of the tools. They will be passed to the next generation with the history attached," Machine Tool instructor, Richard Barratt said in a news release.

The high demand for qualified machinists continues to grow throughout the state and nation. The industry is providing well paying jobs with good benefits. For more information about the Machine Tool program at Mid-Coast School of Technology, please call 594-2161.