Our President, Jim Carr sits on a panel discussion at Elk Grove Village High School on November 4, 2015 to promote manufacturing careers to high school seniors. He was joined by:
Cristina Gambino - Admissions Office at Harper College
Johnetta Ryan - Director of Education Careers at CISCO
Laura Lavender - Admissions Counselor at University of Illinois (Champaign)
Mary Beth Ottinger - Dean of Career Programs at Harper College
Mike Dunker - Representative at Western Illinois University
Kimberely Shaw - Illinois Student Assistance Commission
The morning was split into two back to back sessions to accommodate the entire senior class. Jim spoke of the evolution of the industry; how the image is changing, that it's not your grandfather's machine shop anymore, that in fact, our facilities are clean, bright, high-tech and employees are skilled technicians that program and operate expensive CNC equipment. We offer great benefits, typically all free for the employee and veteran programmers are earning in excess of $100,000. a year.
New talent that is typically a good fit for this industry has above average mechanical aptitude, math skills, computer skills, and are recruited from autos and advanced manufacturing curriculum at school.He stressed the industry is projected to loose 3.5 million skilled baby boomers due to retirement in the next ten years and there will be a significant deficit and demand for this workforce. The best part is his apprentices earn while they learn by attending CNC hands-on courses in the evenings and he pays for their education 100%.
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