On November 8th, Oconomowoc High School students were given the opportunity by the Waukesha Business Alliance to experience first-hand what the field of manufacturing and engineering is like. This included taking tours of Waukesha County Technical College, Bevco Engineering, Aries Industries, and Husco Automotive.
With an opportunity like this, especially considering the fact that everything on this trip was free, 40 students signed up to take a day off from school and learn the trades of these businesses and college.
Beginning with Bevco Industries, students were informed of the designs and manufacturing processes that occur in creating electrical control panels and systems that can be found with CT scans. Workers demonstrated designing blueprints, creating the panels, stripping and cutting wires, building the actual product, as well as all of the processes that occur within one order of supply.
Aries Industries, a company well-known for their big part of finding 33 Chilean miners that were trapped in a mine collapse, creates pipeline inspection, rehabilitation cameras, and robots that have the advantage of being able to fit into pipelines, without having to dig up any property. This is a huge advantage for a city to save money. Aries Industries offers internships in almost all areas of their business; such as carpentry, engineering, welding, electrical, and more.
Husco Automotive is a company that designs and supplies their customers with electro-hydraulic and electro-mechanical parts to add better value and performance to vehicles. Their main customers are well-known businesses; Ford, John Deere, CAT, and more. This company had many automatic assembly lines, compared to their smaller amount of hands-on manufacturing.
Waukesha County Technical College, better know as WCTC, had many opportunities to work with from hospitality to welding. Automotive, welding, and fabrications were the three main classes that students toured. An interactive demonstration of computer programming, as well as demonstrations of WCTC students’ semester projects, allowed students to have a quick hands-on learning experience in the automotive department. While visiting the welding and fabrications lab, students were shown beautiful metal works as well as the welding shop and the fabrication machinery.
All in all, the Schools2Skills tour provided a great advantage for students who have an interest in the never-ending demand of manufacturing and engineering to experience business in the real world, as well as potential opportunities for internships and apprenticeships to help boost future careers.