High-tech and higher paying


Students learn about careers in manufacturing

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Photos by Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Students from Sims Middle School watch as a Kuka 6 Axis Industrial Robot performs its programmed tasks during Middle School Career Day at the Union County Advanced Technology Center Friday morning. The students took part in presentations and activities designed to educate them as to the realities of modern, high-tech manufacturing and the career opportunities


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times “Nao The Humanoid Robot” stands tall after lifting itself up off the table as part of a demonstration of the cutting edge of robotics at the Union County Advanced Technology Center Friday morning. The robot, which can also speak, was part of the Middle School Career Day attended by eighth grade students from Sims Middle School. The event was designed to give students a better understanding of the high-tech nature of modern manufacturing and the career opportunities it offers.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Union County Advanced Technology Center Welding Instructor Jason Pace explains the role welding plays in many areas of modern life to students from Sims Middle School Friday morning. The students visited the UCATC as part of Middle School Career Day which featured demonstrations in robotics and other high-tech aspects of modern manufacturing. The event was designed to give students a better understanding of the high-tech nature of manufacturing and the career opportunities it offers.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION COUNTY — Some eighth grade students from Sims Middle School got a look at the high-tech present and even more high-tech future of manufacturing during a visit to the Union County Advanced Technology Center Friday morning.

The Sims students visited the UCATC during the annual Middle School Career Day which provides them with a look at the possible careers they may choose to pursue.

UCATC Site Coordinator Kathy Jo Lancaster said the event focused on career opportunities in the field of manufacturing.

“This year’s Middle School Career Day focuses on Advanced Manufacturing in order to raise awareness about the endles job opportunities and earning potential in this career path,” Lancaster said. “Students will see live demonstrations and participate in activities to help them see that advanced technology and STEM careers are modern, sophistiated, and use cutting edge technology to create products not only in our local tindustries but throughout the nation as well.”

During Friday’s event, the students toured the facility, attending presentations by the following Spartanburg Community College educators in the following areas:

• Rick Washburn, SCC Program Director for Automated Manufacturing Technologies, who used a KUKA 6 Axis robot to explain the role Mechatronics plays in manufacturnig.

• Marcia Schenck, SCC Department Chair for Computer and Engineering Technologies, who used “Nao The Humanoid Robot” to introduce students to the even more cutting edge future of robotics in the manufacturing field.

• Jason Pace, UCATC’s Welding Instructor, who explained to students the extensive role welding plays in a vast number of areas, many of which people don’t associate with welding.

• Jennifer Little, SCC Director of Career Planning and Placement, and Lindsey Moore, SCC Recruiter, who discussed Career Clusters and Career Paths.

The students were accompanied by Sims Middle School teacher Randall Hanvey who explained that the field trip is designed to change students’ perceptions of manufacturing and the career opportunities it can offer them.

“It gives them a look at what manufacturing is now, the new manufacturing,” Hanvey said. “Manufacturing today is not our mom and dad’s. It is a lot more skilled, cleaner, and higher paying.”

Lancaster also pointed out that middle school is a time to begin preparing the students of today to become the workforce of tomorrow.

“Union County as well as other counties in our region need a constant flow of skilled workers to fill jobs today, tomorrow and ten years from now,” Lancaster said. “That is why it is so important to begin preparing our workforce, especially when students reach the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.”

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Photos by Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Students from Sims Middle School watch as a Kuka 6 Axis Industrial Robot performs its programmed tasks during Middle School Career Day at the Union County Advanced Technology Center Friday morning. The students took part in presentations and activities designed to educate them as to the realities of modern, high-tech manufacturing and the career opportunities
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_AXIS.jpgPhotos by Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Students from Sims Middle School watch as a Kuka 6 Axis Industrial Robot performs its programmed tasks during Middle School Career Day at the Union County Advanced Technology Center Friday morning. The students took part in presentations and activities designed to educate them as to the realities of modern, high-tech manufacturing and the career opportunities

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times “Nao The Humanoid Robot” stands tall after lifting itself up off the table as part of a demonstration of the cutting edge of robotics at the Union County Advanced Technology Center Friday morning. The robot, which can also speak, was part of the Middle School Career Day attended by eighth grade students from Sims Middle School. The event was designed to give students a better understanding of the high-tech nature of modern manufacturing and the career opportunities it offers.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0008.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times “Nao The Humanoid Robot” stands tall after lifting itself up off the table as part of a demonstration of the cutting edge of robotics at the Union County Advanced Technology Center Friday morning. The robot, which can also speak, was part of the Middle School Career Day attended by eighth grade students from Sims Middle School. The event was designed to give students a better understanding of the high-tech nature of modern manufacturing and the career opportunities it offers.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Union County Advanced Technology Center Welding Instructor Jason Pace explains the role welding plays in many areas of modern life to students from Sims Middle School Friday morning. The students visited the UCATC as part of Middle School Career Day which featured demonstrations in robotics and other high-tech aspects of modern manufacturing. The event was designed to give students a better understanding of the high-tech nature of manufacturing and the career opportunities it offers.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_00051.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Union County Advanced Technology Center Welding Instructor Jason Pace explains the role welding plays in many areas of modern life to students from Sims Middle School Friday morning. The students visited the UCATC as part of Middle School Career Day which featured demonstrations in robotics and other high-tech aspects of modern manufacturing. The event was designed to give students a better understanding of the high-tech nature of manufacturing and the career opportunities it offers.
Students learn about careers in manufacturing

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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