COE Press Equipment hosted 18 students from Chippewa Valley High School (Utica, Mich.) on Manufacturing Day, Oct. 6, providing them insight into the types of careers available in manufacturing. The tour began with an overview of COE’s role in the manufacturing supply chain. The students were then split into smaller groups that rotated through informative sessions from various departments. They toured the machining department, receiving an overview of various machining operations and equipment; the assembly department where they got a hands-on experience in assembling a roll feed; and received a presentation from the sales and engineering groups.
“In addition to getting these kids interested in a potential manufacturing career, we also wanted them to get a clearer picture of opportunities within a small to mid-sized company,” commented Steve Donnay, COE’s sales and marketing manager. “Our R&D manager shared his 39-year COE career story, emphasizing how he has been able to experience a number of roles within the company, which has allowed him to constantly learn and expand his career.”
At the end of the tour, many of the students expressed excitement at the prospect of continuing their education in skilled trades and engineering. All the attendees received a specially-printed COE T-shirt to commemorate the day.