August 2018 News

Students and Educators - You’re Invited to our Open House!

 

Mark your calendars because we are having another open house! Like the first open house, this one will be open to everyone but we are emphasizing an invitation to students and educators. Noble Barbeque will be here providing dinner and the first 100 students that finish the tour will receive their choice of coupon to ABCinema or a small pizza valid at Pizza King of Decatur.

It’s not a secret in the world of HR that finding and keeping quality employees is a challenge. Locally in our own town, manufacturers have had issues finding people that want to work and have the skills to do the work. Over the past few decades, the majority of manufacturing and skilled labor jobs have been filled by baby boomers and now all the baby boomers are starting to retire. According to an article published by the Manufacturing Institute, over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled and due to the skills gap, an expected 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled.

Here at HPI, we want students and their parents to know that some children aren’t made to go to 4 year universities and that is okay because there are high quality jobs to be had and businesses like HPI are proof of that. HPI employs people that have a wide variety of education. Some of our employees went to college, some went to technical schools, others came to us straight out of high school and worked their way up, but the one thing they all have in common is they all possess quality skills that make them assets to the business. Students deserve to know the details of all of the options after high school and we want to open the door to giving them more insight on a career in manufacturing.

Hoosier has an apprentice program that is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. It consists of 10,000 working hours (5 years) and 12 classes taken at Ivy Tech Community College. To read more about the apprenticeship go here. Below are 3 Hoosier employees that have gone through or are currently in the apprentice program. One has been at HPI for over 10 years, one is a recent graduate of the apprentice program and the last one is in his first year of the apprenticeship.

 

Nate Chavarria
CAD Supervisor


Nate was hired in 2007, completed his apprenticeship in 2012 and recently celebrated 11 years with the company in June.

What attracted you to the trade?
Realization I could make good money and they would pay for my schooling

Did you take any classes in high school that prepared you for the apprenticeship?
No skilled trades classes during high school however I worked half days my senior year.

What are some of the reasons you would recommend this as a career path?
Right now it is what I like to call “an employee market for jobs”.  Everyone is hiring.  You have an opportunity to get into these decent paying jobs and move up in the companies fast If you show a desire to do so.  Most people I talk to go into major debt for a career they end up either not liking or not even doing.  Try it before you buy into it. 

Any other advice?
I didn’t take any skilled trades classes in high school however they are offering them more and more these days.  This is free knowledge and it will help you find out if you even like the career before you decide to go into it.  Look around when you’re driving down the road.  There are an incredible amount of businesses out there that you have no idea exist.  Ask questions and find out what these places are doing and check out the ones you think you will have a passion for.  Here at Hoosier Pattern every day we are making parts that have never been made before that is pretty cool to be a part of.

 

Phillip Bauman
Journeyman Patternmaker

Phillip graduated from Bellmont High School in 2012 and graduated from the apprentice program in 2017. Phillip initially started at HPI by just painting the outside of the building one summer before deciding to enter the apprenticeship and work his way up the pay scale.

What attracted you to the trade?
I’m mechanically wired which goes hand in hand with machining and what goes on here.

Did you take any classes in high school that prepared you for the apprenticeship?
I took all 4 years of engineering/CAD and also advanced math classes

What are some of the reasons you would recommend this as a career path?
It’s not boring and you gain skills that will help you excel in every day. It’s also cool to start with nothing and then end with a quality product.

 

Kyle Rittmeyer
Apprentice Patternmaker

Kyle graduated from Norwell High School in 2016 and is currently in his first year of the apprenticeship program. Kyle worked at HPI every summer throughout high school helping clean and do odd jobs around the shop. During his senior year of high school he got hired part time and went to school half day and worked the other half.

What attracted you to the trade?
My grandpa was a Journeyman Patternmaker and so is my dad. I looked into the trade and thought it was really cool how you can make parts that no one else can.

Did you take any classes in high school that prepared you for the apprenticeship?
I attended two years of South Adams Machine Trades and half of my senior year was spent working at HPI part time.

What are some of the reasons you would recommend this as a career path?
I would recommend any type of machining trade or working with CNC machines, not just patternmaking. There are jobs in high demand for this trade and it is a steady job that takes skill and you will never stop learning. I see different things happening almost every day.  
 

Nate, Phillip, and Kyle are just three of our employees that all have different reasons of why they picked this career and how they prepared for it. We are focusing this open house on students and educators because we want them to meet employees like this, see them work on real jobs and have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have if they are considering a career in the industry. 

See you on September 26th!

Summer Intern: Lucas Juengel

With the school year back in full swing, we wanted to give some recognition to our summer intern, Lucas! Lucas spent the summer at HPI shadowing different departments and even desiging his own part. Lucas is 18 and now a Senior at Bellmont High School. Get to know a little more about Lucas and his experience at HPI below.

 

  

How did you get connected with HPI? Did you pick it or were you placed here?
I applied to Connexus online and HPI chose me to interview and then picked me to be their summer intern

Did you have an interest in what HPI does before you  interned here? Do you have more of an interest now?
Yes, I was interested in CNC machining and 3D printing and now that I have learned as much as I could in 6 weeks about them, I am more interested in HPI. 

What type of things did you do at HPI?
I shadowed someone from each area and I learned a little bit about everything. I got to design and make 2 different projects as well. 

What did you enjoy the most?
I enjoyed making a plate with a tractor on it and then designing a scaled down break rotor that I got to pour and cast. 

Did you learn some new skills during this internship?
I learned how to work a new software and also how to melt down and pour molten metal. 

How would you describe the atmosphere?
Everyone was friendly and more than willing to answer all of my questions.

Did it change/inspire any future career plans?
It inspired me to keep continuing on the path of engineering.

Would you recommend an internship or job shadowing to other students?
Yes, because I learned a ton of things this summer through the program and it gave me a taste of what the real world is like. 

 

HPI enjoyed having you this summer and we are confident with your willingness to learn and grow that you are going to do great things! Have a great school year!

Hoosier Pattern Teams Up With The United Way

Hoosier Pattern takes great pride in giving back whether it is to a specific family in need or a whole community like Adams County.  For the 20th year, Hoosier Pattern has teamed up with the United Way of Adams County's yearly efforts and some Hoosier faces are a part of the 2018-2019 campaign! 

 
Our marketing/social media coordinator, Alyssa Corral and purchaser, Tina Fourman explained why they give to the United Way.

Near the end of the campaign you will see a group shot of (almost) everyone here at HPI. Hoosier Pattern has nearly 100% employee participation in giving back to the United Way. We strive to be leaders not just within our community, but within the industry to advocate how important it is to give back. 100% of money donated goes back into the community to support a number of organizations. Employees that live outside of Adams County have the option of their donations going organizations within their home counties. In Adams County, those organizations include:

- Adams County Council on Aging, Inc
- Adams County Healthy Families
- Adams County Senior Citizens Club - Decatur
- Adams Public Library
- Adams Wells Crisis Center
- Agape Respite Care
- Alive & Well Teens, Inc
- Anthony Wayne Area Council Boy Scouts of America
- Berne Public Library
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Boys and Girls Club of Adams County
- C & C Bible Fellowship
- Cancer Services of NE Indiana
- Decatur Operation Help, Inc
- Grace Bible Church - Tiny Treasures of Grace
- Joe & Jane Project
- Junior Achievement of Decatur/Monroe
- North Adams Community Schools
- Safety Park of Adams County, Inc.
- South Adams Summer Swim Club
- The Lords Food Pantry
- The Salvation Army of Adams County

Hoosier Pattern encourages everyone to donate if they have the means. Even something as small as a dollar a week DOES make a difference. With the size of Decatur and the number of programs the United Way is involved in, chances are you know someone that has benefitted from one of these organizations. Together, we can! 

 

Learn more about the United Way of Adams County here

Watch the full 2018-2019 campaign below
 

HPI’s Newest Journeyman Patternmaker!

Jim Geimer has technically been a Journeyman Patternmaker since May of 2018 but after a couple delays, HPI finally got to present him with his official state certificate that certifies him as an official Journeyman Patternmaker! Jim started at Hoosier Pattern in February of 2012 and officially entered the apprenticeship program in January of 2013. Over the next 5 years, he logged 10,000 working hours along with taking the required 12 classes at Ivy Tech Community College. He wrapped up his apprenticeship in early 2018 and as of this morning, his certificate is officially hanging on our wall! 

All Hoosier Pattern employees as well as Jim's wife, Stephanie, were there for the presentation. 

  

Congratulations Jim! We are so proud of you and can't wait to see the great work you do in the future. 

Thanks for Coming! Open House July 2018

In July, we hosted an open house for our friends, families and the community to come in on a regular working day and see what we do on a daily basis. This is the first time HPI has ever opened its doors for people to come in. We weren't sure what to expect or if anyone would even be interested in seeing what we do everyday. The doors were set to open at 11am and at 10:45 there was a line outside of people waiting to get in! Over 400 people came through the doors and toured our facility making our open house a huge success. Local food vendors, Noble Barbeque and C&J Shaved Ice, were on site serving people good food and refreshing treats throughout the day. 

Throughout the tour, visitors got to walk the shop floor and see our many CNC machines working on current projects in the shop. In the sand room, visitors were some of the first people to see our brand new 3rd in house 3D sand printer! They got to extract their own keychain molds, clean the excess loose sand out of them just like a sand room employee would do and then take them to a pouring station where an HPI employee assisted them with pouring molten metal into the clean mold. Once the casting cooled down, visitors got to break open the molds and pull out their casting. Although HPI doesn't do any pouring in our facility on a regular basis, visitors got a glimpse of what happens after our products leave our facility and go to a foundry. The keychain pouring station was one of the most popular parts of the day!

  

 

In the quality room, visitors were able to see the laser scanner working in real time. Apprentice Patternmaker Kyle Rittmeyer was operating the laser all day scanning the hands of visitors showing them the process of how the scanner works and explaining the uses for it. Scanning hands on top of a basketball helped show the detail that our laser can pick up. 

 

Friends and families of HPI employees had the opportunity to come in and see where their loved ones spend 40 (sometimes more!) hours a week. Our family members are a part of our extended HPI family and it was exciting to share with them what we do every day and how we do it. 


Above: Hadley (daughter of our CAD supervisor, Nate Chavarria) got to come in and see what her dad does at work!


Above: Haydenne (daughter of office staff Kristen Hake) came in to see mom's desk!

Going into this open house and not knowing what the response was going to be was exciting and scary at the same time. We cannot thank the community enough for taking an interest in what we do here at HPI and supporting us as employees and as friends. If you missed this open house, don't worry! We are already planning another one and can't wait to see you here.