Making it

To the Editor:

Too often, very viable manufacturing careers are overlooked due to misperceptions about the opportunities available and the lack of understanding of the 21st century manufacturing workplace. As a college focused on preparing students for local careers, LTC would be remiss if we didn’t mention the wonderful success stories of those who pursue advanced manufacturing career paths.

Last week, three local outstanding manufacturing employees were recognized as 2014 Manufacturing All-Stars while one employee was recognized as a 2014 All-Star Mentor by the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance in Green Bay. Travis Knier of Rockline Industries in Sheboygan works as a Talent Acquisition Coordinator for the Sheboygan manufacturer. Spencer Thiel, an Electrical Assembler Apprentice from Curt Joa in Sheboygan Falls was recognized as an All-Star as was Sheila Ecker, an Associate Engineer from Sargento. Also from Sargento, Production Supervisor Monica Kleinhans was one of two 2014 Manufacturing All-Star Mentors honored. A total of ten All-Stars between the ages of 18-35 were honored, ranging from employers in Oconto to the Fox Valley, and Sheboygan areas.

This recognition is well deserved and we congratulate Travis, Spencer, Sheila and Monica. More importantly, we would like to share a couple of comments from these young achievers. Sheila says the perception that factory work is boring is false and that positions in manufacturing make you think and challenge your mind. Spencer says working with state of the art PLCs and sensors as well as computer based technical drawings suits his interests well. Travis has seen countless people start in entry level positions and move into a number of areas and believes manufacturing provides more growth opportunity than most other industries. Monica says the perception that all manufacturing jobs affect people physically long-term is not accurate and that Sargento and most other manufacturer’s offer a clean, safe environment.

If you get the chance to meet these Manufacturing All-Stars, ask them yourselves about the high-tech and high-demand careers that today’s manufacturing offers. Manufacturing is not only our history and our roots. It is also our future.

Dr. Michael Lanser
Lakeshore Technical College

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