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Swagelok Sponsors Auburn’s RoboBot
05/03/2016

Swagelok Sponsors Auburn’s RoboBot

CONCORD TWP. – Auburn Career Center’s advanced manufacturing students brainstormed with instructor Terry Colescott and dedicated countless hours working on this year’s RoboBot for the AWT RoboBot Competition.

Swagelok sponsored Auburn Career Center’s RoboBot, the Piecemaker. Prior to the competition, Swagelok’s Reese Armstrong and Bill Swan visited the advanced manufacturing program to speak with the class. The students proudly showed them the Piecemaker and spoke about some of the design challenges and improvements that were made to the RoboBot.

“The whole intent of the RoboBot Competition is to get young people like you excited and inspired about doing something that you can then convert to a career that take you anywhere. At Swagelok, were proud to be a part of that,” Armstrong told the class.

Armstrong spoke about the challenges that manufacturing industry and skilled trades are facing with finding a skilled workforce to replace the growing number of retirees.

The students had the opportunity to ask questions and speak with Armstrong and Swan.

“It’s liberating to get opportunities you haven’t had before and have so many doors open. Swagelok’s support means a lot to us,” said advanced manufacturing student Jorge Orozco of Chardon. “It’s like we (students) are walking on a bridge and they’re the support beams to get us where we want to go. It’s great that they’re here for us; we both want the same thing.”

“It feels great to have a big company like Swagelok interested in what we do at Auburn and to help and support our team, especially a company I’m interested in working for,” said advanced manufacturing student Louie Soto of Riverside High School.

“This is the best example of industry and education working together to get students on career paths,” said Auburn superintendent, Maggie Lynch.

Swagelok has been instrumental in supporting Auburn’s manufacturing program at both the high school and adult level. This is the third consecutive year that Swagelok has sponsored Auburn’s RoboBot. They donated $2,000 each year towards the RoboBot. In addition, they participate in mock interviews, are on the advisory board and offer internships and full time employment opportunities to Auburn students

“I think the marriage between Auburn and Swagelok is perfect. The talent pool coming out of Auburn is the benchmark. It’s the best we’ve seen.,” Armstrong told the students. “I’ve been with Swagelok for 35 years and every day I wake up looking forward to going to work. There’s nothing worse than doing something you don’t like to do. Be passionate about it, find a career you like to do. If this is your passion, it can take you anywhere you want to go.”

Auburn’s Piecemaker had four wins to tie for seventh place in the 30 player, double elimination AWT RoboBot Competition. Terry Colescott, Auburn’s advanced manufacturing instructor, was extremely proud of his students and how far they made it into the competition. 


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