GALLIPOLIS — Gallia Academy High School students gathered at the Gallipolis ElectroCraft to discuss the potential of American manufacturing and the career opportunities that can potentially come with it in recognition of National Manufacturing Day.
Students were split into groups and guided through the factory facility while discussing the types of careers found in ElectroCraft.
“I think it gives kids more of an awareness,” said GAHS Principal Josh Donley. “I think they probably drive by this (the ElectroCraft building) and have no idea what goes on behind these walls and the opportunities for a job. A lot of kids aren’t real sure. We start in junior high and talk with them about what they want to do. As much as we try to do that, they really don’t know. Kids are seeking and searching and trying to find themselves through high school. You look at a place like this and it can tie everything together. Talking about how the product is made and where can you educationally go and (get a particular skill), whether that’s a trade school or community college or whatever. It makes sense to them when they see… It makes it real.”
ElectroCraft engineer Ed Swisher led a tour of some students through the building and encouraged them to consider manufacturing as a career path in a variety of ways. Whether a student wished to go to college and obtain an engineering degree or attend a trade school to get a certificate in machining, there were paths for a future.
“With our tour today, you’ll hear one of our top goals as a manufacturing facility is to further educate the community and students included about what we do as a company and how we’re different than many manufacturing jobs that you would think of,” said ElectroCraft Human Resources Leader Josh Smith. “We want to remove the stigmas that exist with those jobs. This isn’t your grandfather’s manufacturing plant. It’s a lot more modern and clean and requires a set of skills that we believe we can build within this community.”
The Gallipolis ElecroCraft employs over 180 individuals. Globally ElectroCraft is known as a sub-fractional horsepower and drive manufacturing company. ElectroCraft products are used in the military, medical, automotive and restaurant industries.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ex. 2103.