Rotochopper Inc. welcomed students from Albany High School in Albany, Minn., to take a tour of the company’s state of the art production facility, talk to employees about what they do for Rotochopper, and provide a chance for the students to watch a Rotochopper B-66T in action in Saint Martin, Minn.
Pat Burg, production manager for Rotochopper, guided the students around the production facility. Mr. Burg showed off the robotic welders, flame tables, and welding booths Rotochopper uses to produce the components that make Rotochopper machines efficient and dependable. He then took the students to the in-house paint booth to show how Rotochopper applies the famous Rotochopper Red to a finished machine.
Rotochopper is working with local high school students in Minnesota to provide a chance to learn about the opportunities that a career in manufacturing offers. Rotochopper is already investing yearly into new production robots, talent, and land for expansions, but it’s the additional investment into changing the way some young people think about manufacturing that will really help the company in the future.
“It’s important for students to see the opportunities available in manufacturing,” said Burg. “From engineering and drafting to assembly and welding, careers in manufacturing involve critical thinking, creativity, and attention to detail. Manufacturers like Rotochopper are always looking for intelligent, hardworking people who are dedicated to quality. Best of all, with the right education and training, someone entering the manufacturing field can quickly begin earning a good wage while enjoying their careers.”
John Babcock, President of Rotochopper, echoed the sentiment, “Our young people are so talented and gifted in so many different ways that it would be wrong to try and force them all down identical paths. People with curiosity and a strong desire to tinker and find out how things work thrive in manufacturing – but would get bored in a college program.”