Manufacturing Works Expo July 19
July 11, 2017
With demand high for workers with modern manufacturing skills, Nicolet College is holding a Manufacturing Works Expo Wednesday, July 19, for anyone seeking a career in this well-paying field.
Those interested in the Electromechanical, Industrial Mechanical, or Welding professions can drop by any time between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the college’s Lakeside Center.
Nicolet offers a range of academic credentials, ranging from short-term certificates to two-year associate degrees.
“This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in manufacturing to see what it takes to start a rewarding career in this field and to talk with area employers,” said Jeff Labs, dean of Trade, Industry, and Apprenticeships at Nicolet. “These jobs pay well and people with the right skills are in high demand at manufacturing facilities across the Northwoods.”
At the Expo individuals will be able to meet with employers and Nicolet instructors, and talk with Nicolet staff about the admissions process, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities.
Employers at the Expo will include Daigle Brothers, Inc., Pioneer Equipment, Expera Specialty Solutions, Ponsse North America, Superior Diesel, Lake Shore Systems, Inc., Grow North Economic Development Corporation, and Northwoods Innovation.
Representatives from a number of community resource organizations that can assist students will also be on hand. These include the state Department of Workforce Development/Office of Veterans Services, Northcentral FSET, CW Solutions, WIOA Adult and Youth, Wisconsin Works, and Forward Service Corporation/Northern Advantage Job Center.
The Expo will focus on three manufacturing tracks.
The Electromechanical Technician track teaches students how to install, troubleshoot, repair, and upgrade electronic and computer-controlled mechanical systems, such as automated assembly machines. The skill set required combines knowledge of mechanical engineering technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits.
“Demand in the Northwoods and nationally is very, very high for skilled electromechanical technicians,” said Kyle Adams, human resources manager at Printpack in Rhinelander. “And it’s only going to increase as more manufacturing moves to more automated processes.”
The Industrial Mechanical Technician tracks focuses more on the mechanics of manufacturing machinery. Instruction covers mechanical drive systems, power transmission components, material handling techniques, hydraulics/pneumatics, welding, lubrication systems, piping, basic electrical concepts, electrical motor controls, and programmable logic controls.
“The demand for industrial mechanical personnel is always going to be there,” said Dan Linsmeyer, service advisor at Pioneer Equipment. “The technology is always advancing and we need people to grow with that technology.”
Nicolet’s Welding track instruction includes blueprint reading, fabrication, machine tool operation, robotics and automated welding, and welding techniques such as shielded and gas metal arc, flux core, and gas tungsten welding. Students learn a variety of metal cutting techniques and how to test welds for structural integrity.
It’s common for graduates with a two-year associate degree in the Electromechanical and Industrial Mechanic programs to enter the workforce in the Northwoods with jobs that pay $40,000 a year or more, Labs said. Students who graduate from the college’s one-year Welding program typically start at around $33,000 a year, which increases with experience.
The Nicolet College Campus is located one mile south of Rhinelander just off of Hwy. G.
Nicolet College’s participation in the event is one of several activities funded by a Federal Perkins Act grant in the amount of $30,806.