Local High School Students to Visit and Tour Automation Devices
Erie, Pa. - Automation Devices, Inc. (ADI), is opening their doors to a neighboring high school class to show them the ropes in their Fairview, Pa vibratory feeding systems manufacturing facility. Over 40 tenth grade students currently enrolled in a Career Choices course will be spending their class time tomorrow at ADI getting a tour of the plant and exploring the numerous career options and skills ADI employees possess.
ADI President Kevin Smith is excited that ADI is able to be part of this student-focused learning opportunity and always welcomes organized groups for plant visits. “We’ve done this in the past and I’m happy we were extended the request to be part of this valuable coursework again this year,” says Smith. “A simple walk through and company overview provides these students so many benefits on a variety of levels. Number one, it gives them the opportunity to look at a local business that most of them probably didn’t know existed. It’s very important for all residents – young and old – to be aware of the businesses that reside in and support the local community,” says Smith.
“One think I like to stress during these visits is the variety of job functions that we employ here,” says Smith. “Though we are a manufacturing and production business, we have a variety of other vital roles that are key components that keep our company running properly. We have employees with educational backgrounds and experience that includes marketing, purchasing, communications, engineering, sales and accounting. If students have an interest in one of these career paths, it’s important that they realize job opportunities may exist in manufacturing facilities, or non-traditional settings.”
Smith also hope that one of the most important considerations visitors take away, is a wider perspective of manufacturing as a whole. “People often have an antiquated view of manufacturing,” explains Smith. “Many manufacturing facilities, including ours, require a very skilled workforce. At ADI, we depend on a strong collaboration between engineering and our builders with skills that include troubleshooting and problem solving – thinking outside of the box, to yield unique results for each individual customer’s specific job requirements. Manufacturing is so much more than a machine operator pushing a button.”
Automation Devices is eager to educate these students onADI’s capabilities and various job roles that contribute to their success. Automation Devices Inc. produces a full line of tooled and un-tooled vibratory feeders and components. They are located in Fairview, Pa. They can be contacted at 814-474-5561 or view ADI products at www.autodev.com.