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Machine Students Hear About Jobs from Local Machine Shop
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
“We need young people! There are not a lot of people going into the field.”
Those were the messages the Machine Tool Technology (MTT) students at the Southern Adirondack Education Center heard from two local machine shop representatives visiting their classroom.
MTT is a two-year program based on the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) standards and related curriculum. The curriculum includes a wide range of topics such as computer design and programming, blueprint reading, and engineering drawing and sketches. Students who successfully complete the program may continue their education or would be qualified to work as a machine operator, entry-level machinist, CNC machinist, tool and die maker.
Doty Machine Works representatives Bill Smith, general manager, and Jim Beames, senior project manager, told students about their company, internship opportunities, and employment. Mr. Beames added, “You could have a career for as long as you wanted at Doty.”
Doty Machine Works is a 42,000 square-foot facility in Fort Edward that provides its customers with precision machined and fabricated systems and components. The company serves multiple industries including steel and paper.
MMT teacher Dave Coonradt said that two of his students, who are seniors and in their second year of the MTT program, began their internship experiences at Doty at the end of March. As interns, Alex Norton from South Glens Falls High School and Richard White from Granville High School, will receive a real-world, hands-on experience at Doty.
Mr. Coonradt also noted that several of his former students who interned at Doty Machine Works are now are full-time employees there.
The Work-Based Learning (WBL) program brings together business and industry and the Career and Technical Education (CTE) classroom by coordinating onsite visits to local companies, bringing company representatives into the classroom, and setting up internship experiences for students.
In addition to the Doty Machine Works, representatives from ESPEY Mfg. & Electronics Corp. in Saratoga Springs have visited the MTT classroom this school year. Plus, earlier in the year, students had the opportunity to visit Fronhofer Tool Company in Cossayuna, and Fort Miller FAB3 and BDP Industries, both located in Greenwich.
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