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!

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