Team from TruNorth visits PHS


Justin Tharaldson, mechanical designer with TruNorth Components, demonstrates a portable FARO Arm for students during a recent visit to Plymouth High School. — Submitted photo Justin Tharaldson, mechanical designer with TruNorth Components, demonstrates a portable FARO Arm for students during a recent visit to Plymouth High School. — Submitted photo Justin Tharaldson, mechanical designer with TruNorth Components, demonstrates a portable FARO Arm for students during a recent visit to Plymouth High School.>

A team from TruNorth Components recently visited Plymouth High School, fostering a new partnership between the Plymouth manufacturer and the LTC-Plymouth Science and Technology Center at the school.

TruNorth mechanical designer Justin Tharaldson talked to PHS classes throughout the day Feb. 27. He explained the work he does, discussed careers in mechanical design and engineering, and outlined possible paths to jobs in the industry.

He also demonstrated the firm’s most coveted hard asset, a portable FARO Arm, which is a stateof the-art coordinate-measuring device that allows for highly accurate measurements and quick reverse engineering.

Tharaldson also passed around pieces made for TruNorth using the 3D printer in the Science and Technology Center. PHS students in the Introduction to Engineering and Design and the Computer Integrated Manufacturing classes worked with TruNorth to print the parts, which TruNorth then used to develop prototypes for clients.

TruNorth is a new company in Plymouth that manufactures fractional horsepower oil-less compressors and vacuum pumps. The partnership with PHS came about when Cris Schneider, a TruNorth founder, had a parent-teacher conference with technology education instructor Jake Sherman and inquired about the 3D printer.

The next step in the partnership is for PHS students participate in job shadowing experiences at the TruNorth facility. The PHS tech ed department and TruNorth both hope eventually to see PHS students working for TruNorth - and in other technical careers.

Strong relationships with local industry are important to the success of the Science & Technology Center programs. Businesses interested in forming partnerships can contact Sherman or technology education instructor Greg Gritt at the high school at 893- 6911.


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