Students from area schools got an up close and personal look at technology and local industries at Southern Tech Manufacturing Day on October 10.
Students from Springer, Lone Grove, Davis, Wilson, Thackerville and Take Two Academy visited Southern Tech’s auto collision center to meet with local businesses and learn about what the school has to offer.
JD Scifres with EJ, a municipal casting foundry with a location in Ardmore, gave a presentation and answered students’ questions. Some of EJ’s work can be seen in downtown Ardmore on storm drains and manholes.
“What we do, our bread and butter, is making infrastructure solutions,”
Scifres said.
He said students had a lot of questions about the manufacturing industry in general and the CNC programming language.
“We’re moving to the forefront of technology on a lot of our equipment so CNC programming is something we’re looking to hire people for,” Scifres said. “It seems like their interests really are toward learning for their vocation. I found that encouraging.”
Steven Pierce, a recruiting manager at Michelin, said he focused on explaining the scope of the company’s operations in Ardmore and the variety of jobs they offer.
“It isn’t just rubber and a mold, there’s so much technology that goes into it,” Pierce said.
Southern Tech’s automotive center features a lot of the same technology used by Michelin, so students can become familiar with it.
Jeren Shurbet, a senior, said he’s in the pre-engineering program at Thackerville High School and plans to go into some kind of engineering once he graduates.
“I think what I most enjoyed was the CAD programming,” Shurbet said. “They showed us how they make medallions and engrave them, and it takes thousands and thousands of lines of code.”
Ali Roper, another senior, said she plans to go into nursing after high school, but still enjoyed the presentations.
“There was a lot of hands-on activities,” Roper said. “They showed us blueprints of a gym they’re building and they showed us how they built seats for airplanes.”