Students from Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wis., gathered at Price Engineering on March 17 for the first NFPA Student Career Connections program.
The students met in a conference room and watched videos and presentations on the different creative and innovative job opportunities Price offers in the fluid power field. They broke into groups and got a tour of the facility, talking to several employees along the way about what they do and seeing first hand how the work gets done. After that, all the students and employees came back to the conference room and worked together to assemble a fluid power classroom kit. A group of students even shared their video of a robot they created to compete in FIRST Robotics. Through this, one student, Matthew Buth, got an internship at Price.
Buth started at Price working on filing testing sheets in the computer and also concentrated on updating the SDS sheets for the chemicals on-site. He is the head of Safety for the Robotics Program at Hartland Arrowhead next school year and is getting the SDS sheets together for that as well.
Buth said his favorite part of working at Price is the culture there. He doesn’t just sit at a desk and work; he gets to interact with different employees and learn about their jobs and fluid power.
He will continue to work with Price through the Hartland Arrowhead High School Technology and Engineering Practicum and Youth Apprenticeship program. The class is for students to engage themselves in the technical work environment through internships and job shadowing. The students are released during school to work with this program.
Price’s day was not the only success for the Student Career Connections program. Antigone Sharris of Triton College in Illinois hosted a Career Connections program that left students wanting more.
On May 8, Frank Holthouse, a teacher at Leyden High School’s Industrial Technology Department, brought 30 students to Triton for the event. Bob Hammond, the manifold/systems engineering manager at NFPA member company Deltrol Fluid Products, works closely with Sharris and often hires Triton students for internships at Deltrol.
Together, Sharris, Hammond and Holthouse spoke to the students about careers in fluid power and why this pathway is a great decision that leads to many promising opportunities. They worked with the students in building a hydraulic robotic arm. During this three hour event, the interaction was so positive that the students started asking questions and showed an immense interest in the fluid power industry.
For a glance at more education programs in the industry, check out Fluid Power World’s October feature Students today, engineers tomorrow: Our future lies in their education
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Deltrol Fluid Products
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