…A Q&A perspective from inside and outside of Harbec
Planning, developing, and ensuring a sustainable economic future is everyone’s responsibility. Having a vibrant economy, active job pool, dynamic workforce, and a diversity of economic opportunities are indicators of economic growth and prosperity. But achieving these ends requires strong coordination, partnership, and deliberate strategies between business, academia, government, and research organizations. No effort is too small when it comes to building a robust, sustainable economy.
Harbec regularly hosts groups of students from local schools ranging from Middle school through college level. By providing students with opportunities to visualize manufacturing technologies, Harbec is planting deliberate seeds to enrich a local workforce. Further, many students in local high schools are drawn to Harbec not only to experience new technology, but to learn more about the limitless potential associated with careers in advanced manufacturing, clean energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable production.
Although a pragmatic outcome of shaping young minds is preparing them for specific job opportunities, Harbec also believes that creating awareness of sustainable manufacturing and business models can support the development of a next generation of leaders that extend their knowledge to all sectors of the economy. In doing so the economy can be further strengthened; thereby providing societal dividends such as new jobs, philanthropy, research, and innovations that improve our world.
Harbec recently asked owner Bob Bechtold, HR manager Todd Patterson, Webster Middle School technology teacher John Hohman (a 22 year teaching veteran who brought students to tour Harbec) and Dake Middle School student Owen (who recently toured Harbec) about the future of manufacturing. Here is a summary of the insights shared:
Question: What skills are necessary to be successful in manufacturing?
Question: Who is the ideal candidate for a career in manufacturing? What are their key characteristics?
Question: How have you seen careers in manufacturing change (over the past 5 years or so) and what do you predict for the future (next 5 years)?
Question: How does working with each other (local school/local manufacturer) help you?
Technology and manufacturing solutions are ever-changing, so at Harbec, we strive to develop our new employees from all levels which creates opportunities for both High School and College graduates. This allows our employees to grow in their job and experience a career in manufacturing at all levels.Partnering with schools exposes the future (students) to a local business with technology and potential careers that they were previously unaware of.
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