Mitchell High School Career and Technical Education students enrolled in Welding and Drafting Engineering courses toured the Burnsville Altec facility on May 7th and 8th. The visit began with presentations from Jeff Mooney the general manager, Bryan Peterson the human resources manager, Billy Stamey a plant design engineer, and Brian Greene the certified welding instructor. Mitchell students learned about the Altec companies history and their products, careers available at Altec, workplace expectations, how to apply for a job at Altec, product design, development and manufacturing at the Altec facility in Burnsville. The General manager Jeff Mooney then lead students on a tour of the facility using personal headsets for communication in order to give them a narrated tour. The students toured the manufacturing process from beginning to end as they watched laser cutting, metal fabrication and welding, the paint process and final parts fitting for Altec bodies manufactured in Burnsville.
Following the tour, the Mitchell High students were able to have a question and answer session with Bryan Peterson, Human Resource Manager, related to what they had learned about Altec. During this time students learned about a co-op program and internships Altec does with engineering students through area colleges and universities as well as the tuition reimbursement program available for employees to further their education. The Altec visit was a great opportunity for students to learn about a local industry and the types of careers available to them that are related to the CTE Engineering Drafting courses and Welding they are taking at Mitchell High School. The Mitchell County CTE program and Altec see this as an opportunity of providing information to students who may be interested in local career opportunities. Altec even provided lunch for the students and their instructors. Mitchell High School Career and Technical Education department would like to thank Altec for providing a fantastic opportunity for local career connections.