CTAE staff tour Erdrich USA
6 months ago
Kehrer (c) took members of
the DHS CTAE staff on a guided tour of the Erdrich USA facility located at the
I-16 Industrial Park off Ga. 257 in Dublin. Also pictured (l-r): Powell,
Ingram, Newman and Cannada. (Special photo)
By Jason Halcombe
When it comes to stamping out brake pistons from a 2-ton roll of steel, Erdrich USA Plant Manager Alex Kehrer said ultimately he needs staff well versed in “soft skills.”
That was the message Kehrer shared with Dublin City Schools Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Director Eric Cannada and his staff during a guided tour of the metal stamping facility Aug. 1.
“He really stressed the importance of ‘soft skills’ and a work ethic that is looked for and emphasized in all workers,” said Cannada, who was joined by CTAE team members Pam Ingram, Harry Powell and Melanie Newman.
Erdrich USA, located in the I-16 Industrial Park, is a metal stamping facility specializing in fabricating brake pistons for automobiles including the Ford F-150, BMW, Audi and Volkswagen.
Kehrer, who was joined by assistant Jennifer Cooler, carried Cannada and his staff through the manufacturing floor of the plant and explained the process of metal stamping from start to finish.
Beginning with a two-ton roll of steel, the raw material is straightened and stamped before being ground and polished, washed and dried. In some cases, products receive a final finish and heat treatment before being shipped to the customer.
The purposes of the tour were multi-faceted, giving CTAE staff an opportunity to see what job skills employers like Kehrer and Erdrich require of potential workforce and how to implement pathways at the classroom level to meet those needs.
“(Alex) wants students to understand the importance of work skills and then be able to find a job where their skills can be maximized,” Cannada said. “Alex stressed that if a worker comes with the right work ethic (Erdrich) can train them and they can advance depending on their work ethic.”
Dublin City Schools offers CTAE Pathways and Clusters in Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology, Government and Public Administration, and Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).