Manning Machines

Friday, December 21, 2012
Tribune photo by Clint Confehr Daniel Brooks, 17, son of Terry and Eddy Brooks, left, and Cameron Millwater, 18, son of Patricia and Lawrence Wise, right, are learning how to operate a mill machine at Spot Lowe Technology Center.

From Staff Reports

Factory managers, school administrators, businessmen and women toured Marshall County's Spot Lowe Technology Center last week in a continuing effort to match training with what employers need from new hires.

"They come to see what we have," Technology Center Director Lyn Stacey said of visitors from businesses small and large, including Industrial Steel & Supply, Marshall Medical Center, Teledyne, ABECO Die Casting, CKNA, hair salons and retail stores.

Stacey offered tours of the center to get feedback from employers on what should be included in the center's curriculum, he said.

"Our machine tool program is a direct result of feedback we had from a previous tour," Stacey said. "So is engineering."

Another change is planned for next spring, when electrical studies will be expanded from simple electricity to industrial maintenance, he said.

"We have three students who we think have benefited from what we offer. They are continuing their education and are employees in their field," Stacey said. They are Dillon Thomason at Walker Die Casting, Tyler Reavis at Berry Plastics and Kaleb McClendon at Lewisburg Plumbing & Heating. All three are studying at Tennessee Technology Center in Shelbyville.

Spot Lowe Technology Center offers nine programs on work-related topics such as engineering, criminal justice, electricity, welding, and automotive technology.