William Richardson and Xiao Yu

PSA: Machine Tool

By William Richardson and Xiao Yu

machine operator at Camco MachiningDaniil Kaplun Machine Tool Apprentice and Machine Operator, Camco Machining At age 18, Daniil Kamplun is already a full-time machine operator at Camco Machining. He entered the field of Machine Tool by accident. In high school, he went to Swofford Career Center and signed up for an automotive class. However, he switched to machine tool the 2nd day, simply because his friend was there. Daniil found himself truly enjoying machine tool. After taking three classes for three semesters at Swofford, he received machine tool certificate I, II and III and enrolled himself in the Swofford Co-op program...

PSA: Industrial Electrician

By William Richardson and Xiao Yu

Kelvin Smith at the South Carolina Ports AuthorityKelvin Smith Industrial Electrician, South Carolina Ports Authority Student, Trident Technical College Kelvin Smith is originally from New York. He paid a visit to South Carolina because of a family occasion. During that trip, he realized that it was far easier for him and his wife to find a job in South Carolina than in New York. He decided to move his young family to the South. Kelvin signed up for the apprenticeship program at South Carolina Ports Authority. The fact that this program pays for him to study at Trident Technical College and earn an associate degree is the selling point to...

PSA: Quality Control

By William Richardson and Xiao Yu

Michelle Hutcheson taking care of quality controlMichelle Hutcheson SC Works Trainee, Finalcontrol, Inc. After Michelle Hutcheson graduated from high school, she took some “normal high school jobs”— in services and retailer stores. For elevating herself in the workforce, she started searching for a “real” job with higher pay and more stability. Encouraged by her mother, who had enjoyed her work at Finalcontrol, Inc. for ten years, Michelle joined her mom and started working at the company, which specializes in providing industrial quality control for manufacturers. Under the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, Michelle was enrolled in the...

PSA: Mechatronics D

By William Richardson and Xiao Yu

John Huges working at ZF TransmissionJohn Hughes Mechatronic Apprentice, ZF Transmissions Student, Piedmont Technical College John Hughes is an apprentice at the ZF Transmission’s apprentice program. This program recruits local high school students and pays for them to attend school full-time at Piedmont Technical College. At the same time, John works part-time at ZF Transmission. Once he finishes the three-year program at Piedmont Tech, he will obtain associate degrees in mechatronics and have an opportunity to continue working at ZF as a full-time employee. John enjoys working at ZF because he is learning new things every day...

PSA: Mechatronics C

By William Richardson and Xiao Yu

Samuel Wyatt operating robotSamuel Wyatt Mechatronics Apprentice, Benteler Automotive Student, Spartanburg Community College Samuel Wyatt has just graduated from Daniel Morgan Technology Center. He is good at working with his hands, using tools and programing robots. The earlier exposure to mechatronics provided him a great deal of opportunities to work hands-on, and allowed him to program robots at young age. Watching the robot he programmed running the operation brings him immense joy. Benefiting from Daniel Morgan’s arrangement with Benteler Automotive, Samuel is now a junior apprentice at Benteler working on the...

PSA: Mechatronics B

By William Richardson and Xiao Yu

Elvis Fitz with trainerElvis Fitz Maintenance Apprentice, ZF Transmissions Student, Piedmont Technical College Since Elvis Fitz was a very young child, he has enjoyed working on cars with his father. When he got into high school, he felt connected with mechatronics since it involves mechanic process and hands-on activities. He took courses in mechatronics and as soon as ZF Transmission went to his high school to recruit students for its apprenticeship program, Elvis seized the opportunity and signed himself up immediately. The program sponsors Elvis to study at Piedmont Technical College, and meanwhile, Elvis works...

PSA: Electric Lineman

By William Richardson and Xiao Yu

Duke Energy Electric LinemanWilliam Ball Line Technician, Duke Energy William Madison Ball loves helping people. The main reason he became a line technician is that he can truly help people in their time of need. It brings him immense satisfaction when he can bring power back to hundreds of homes after a storm or in the middle of the night. In order to obtain specific training, William signed up for the Electric Lineman Technician Program at Horry Georgetown Technical College. After ten weeks of comprehensive training both inside the classroom and out in the field, William received his certificate and found a full-time...

PSA: Mechatronics A

By William Richardson and Xiao Yu

Cole Quinn Mechatronics Apprentice, Benteler AutomotiveCole Quinn Mechatronics Apprentice, Benteler Automotive Student, Spartanburg Community College Cole Quinn got into mechatronics first because of his late father, who was a teacher at Spartanburg Community College and also worked in the industry years before. He saw early-on that manufacturing jobs would be growing and skilled workforce would be in high demand. Cole was pushed to Daniel Morgan Technology Center to study mechatronics. He had not been a traditional student who was good at all the core courses, but once he entered Daniel Morgan, everything changed. He was all of the sudden...

PSA: Welding

By William Richardson and Xiao Yu

Blake Bentley Welder and Fabricator, Oilmen’s Truck TanksBlake Bentley Welder and Fabricator, Oilmen’s Truck Tanks Blake Bentley has been a welder and fabricator at Oilmen’s Truck Tanks for six years. As a young child, he was fascinated by welding. During 10th grade in high school, he enrolled himself in the welding program at R.D. Anderson Applied Tech Center. Being an honor student in the program, Blake was accepted by the co-op program during 12th grade and started working at Oilmen’s Truck Tanks. After finishing the learning and training, he became a full-time employee at the company. Blake loves his job and is very proud of providing his...