The future of manufacturing and tech industry will be driven by the next generation of young minds. At L&H Industrial, we believe it’s important to collaborate with education to provide experience to youth interested in manufacturing and cultivate new ideas for the future of this industry. Partnering with technical education programs and universities helps companies like L&H recruit talented new employees while also providing students a hands-on experience to gain knowledge and understanding about the industry. From internships, competitions, trainings and facility tours; L&H enjoys participating in education in various ways.
Recently L&H Industrial participated in judging machine tool technology students in a state “Skills USA” competition. L&H Industrial’s machine shop supervisor, Adam Konrad, explained, “A team of L&H machinists designed a part made out of aluminum along with an engineering print; we then provided the students with a blank piece of aluminum and the sample part. The students then had 4 hours to reverse engineer the sample, make a print and build the same component.” L&H helped judge teams from both Sheridan and Gillette College; Students from Gillette won the state competition and will compete in Kentucky at the National competition in June.
A valuable experience for both students and industry
Machine tool technology instructor, Eric Anderson explained why he encourages his students to compete in the competition, “Competing in the competition looks great on a student’s resume when entering the workforce, I also believe the experience really teaches the students how to work as a team in order to achieve the end goal.” Konrad added,
“L&H really enjoys participating in the competition and working with students in the local tech programs; these students are the future of our industry and we want to help them throughout their studies, internships and even career searches.”
By partnering with L&H Industrial, Anderson explained, “it helps us understand what the local industry needs; L&H also sits on the college’s advisory board for the program and helps make recommendations of what to integrate into the curriculum based on changes in the industry and what companies need; this really helps our program and our students.” One of the graduating seniors from the program and competition participant, Quacy Wilson, described his experience in the competition, “the competition gives you more of a real world experience; there’s a big difference between textbook and field work.” Wilson, whose interest in machining began in high school after taking a machine shop class said his ultimate career goal is to own his own business and do custom machining on large equipment. He concluded, “It’s great being able to network with people from the industry like L&H Industrial because they have the experience and can give practical advice.”