Daws Hones Skills Thanks to OFTC’s Machine Tool Program

Jeremiah Daws Hones Skills Thanks to OFTC’s Machine Tool Program

When Jeremiah Daws wasn’t filming and producing for the Walt Disney Company, he’d often spend his time making things.

With his own wit and some help from YouTube, Daws discovered he was very successful at his new hobbies – woodworking, metal working, 3d printing – to name a few. “I even built a hidden room in my house and a working rideable train for my nieces and nephews,” Daws shared.

After discovering this whole new world of creating things, Daws started learning about machining, a skill that fascinates him.

When COVID hit, Walt Disney World closed and allowed Daws more time to focus on his new hobbies.  “Then when it reopened, it just wasn’t the same,” he said. “There were so many more restrictions and the magic just wasn’t there anymore.”

So, Daws started looking for a change. “I figured I’d look into going back to school to really focus on this maker thing,” he said.

His Journey to OFTC

When he decided to seek more formal training for his new skills, Daws knew he wanted to be closer to his family who lived in Dublin, Ga.

After considering several schools, Daws said he felt good about his decision to attend Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) after emailing with the instructor.

“It was super easy to enroll in OFTC,” Daws shared. “I didn’t stress about it at all.”

He enrolled in Machine Tool Technology classes in January and is confident he made the right choice.

“It’s only been [a few] months but I’ve loved every second of it, even the times I mess up on a project,” he said. “I’m always learning.”

“I love that you can work at your own pace and that my instructor – Mr. Frady – is an experienced professional,” Daws added. “He knows all the tips and tricks that you can’t learn from a YouTube video or book. He has real world knowledge and experience that he’s very willing to share.”

A Whole New World

While Daws enjoyed the 17 years he spent in the film business, he wishes he’d explored all his options when he was first considering college after high school.

“When I went to college back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I never even considered a technical college,” he said. “I wish I had explored that option back then. I think everyone considering a college degree should also explore a technical college and really weigh all the options.”

“There’s a whole world out there that I had no idea about,” he added.

And while both are rewarding fields, Daws feels that machine tool offers him the opportunity to be more physical and create with his hands which is something he wants at this stage of life.

“I don’t know exactly what I will do with these new skills, but I know I want to combine my technical and artistic skills to possibly open a business and do some small scale manufacturing or maybe even create a product,” Daws said. “I’d also like to keep making cool things, maybe even props for movies.”

For more info about OFTC’s Machine Tool Technology program, visit the College’s website, OFTC.edu.