French Encourages Manufacturing Careers and Gifts Calipers to Local Machining Students

The manufacturing industry continues to grow in Ohio, as does the need for skilled manufacturing workers. To encourage more students to choose educational paths that lead to stable careers in manufacturing, French Oil Mill Machinery Company continually partners with area schools and manufacturing organizations.

As part of our ongoing efforts, our Manager of Manufacturing, Ryan Hicks, recently visited with the Upper Valley Career Center’s (UVCC) first year Manufacturing and Machining Technologies students, their instructor, Brett Snell, and their Apprenticeship Coordinator, Tony Trapp.

While visiting with the students Ryan discussed manufacturing career opportunities at French and the skills and attributes we seek when hiring candidates. He also presented each of the twenty-two first year students with a set of calipers, which the students will use throughout their program to measure machined parts with precise tolerance.

The UVCC students were incredibly appreciative of the gifts. Shortly after Ryan’s visit with the students, Tony Trapp and a few students visited French to present a signed photo of the occasion to Ryan and the Company.

French Manager of Manufacturing, Ryan Hicks, poses with Upper Valley Career Center Machining and Manufacturing Students showing their new calipers

Students in the UVCC Manufacturing and Machining Technologies Program in Piqua, Ohio, learn the fundamental skills, techniques, and processes of the manufacturing industry such as blue print reading, precision grinding, and lathe and CNC operation and programming. The program is an excellent choice for students with an interest in creating new things and discovering how parts work. During the student’s senior year, those who qualify can participate in options for career development, like paid apprenticeship programs and early placement, which allows many students to graduate high school with a well paying job and without incurring school loan debt.

Ohio Manufacturing Facts

Ohio manufacturing is responsible for almost 17% of Ohio’s Gross Domestic Product and contributes to the quality of life in Ohio by providing:
• About 700,000 jobs for Ohio workers
• An annual payroll of $40 billion, the highest total annual wages of any Ohio industry sector
• More than $54 billion in exported products to 210 countries and territories
• A safer environment through decreased emissions and increased recycling

Manufacturing is the largest of the 20 sectors of Ohio’s economy, including government, with 16.63% of total output in 2018, of which 9.16% were durable goods and 7.47% were non-durable goods.

Ohio’s manufacturing sector GDP was $107.9 billion in 2017, ranking it third in the nation after California and Texas.

The average annual earnings of Ohio workers on manufacturing payrolls in 2017 were $60,002.

To learn more facts about the economic impact of manufacturing in Ohio and the benefits of manufacturing careers, read the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association Manufacturing Counts document.