Orthopedic Manufacturing - Technical School Talent Is Readily Available - The Benefits Run Both Ways

Orthopedic manufacturers and other manufacturing firms would be wise not to ignore the talents of local technical high schools and colleges in their operations. Nearly every manufacturing firm regardless of size, will likely have a number of jobs that they might consider to subcontract to vendors. One source usually not considered for subcontracted work, is the pool of local technical high school and college students.

Many counties across the US have technical high schools and colleges that train students in a variety of fields from automotive to advanced manufacturing technology. Often these students have several years of experience in areas that can assist manufacturers located right in their own backyard.

What are the advantages of an internship to the manufacturer?

1) Internships are usually offered only to the best and the brightest students in their class, and usually only to seniors.

2) Students have years of experience writing term papers, so they are usually computer literate. Basic skills such as word processing computer skills are usually very good to excellent.

3) Most schools due to the extremely attractive discounts offered to educational institutions, have software that is up to date with the all the most recent releases. Technical students are usually tech savvy and are current with the latest computer software. (CAD and computer graphics are now even taught in some regular high schools)

4) Costs will be likely be minimum or very reasonable. Each manufacturer will have to consult with the career department of the local technical school, to find out the terms of their internships. In addition, a simple donation to the school in the form of a grant, or donations of new or used equipment may be tax deductible. Consultation with appropriate accountants or tax attorneys for specific advice in this area is advised.

What are some of the jobs that tech student can provide ? Everything from basic software training on CAD/CAM to graphics, desktop publishing, web design, word processing, to tasks related to any of the above areas, and others should be considered. It is also wise to rely on advice from the counselors and teachers at the school to find out what is appropriate.

A large degree of common sense is recommended here. Of course, students should never be given any task for which they have not been properly trained. Any specialized type of work or work that involves risk should be avoided under all circumstances. Safety is paramount here for all concerned. In general, office jobs are more appropriate than any kind of work on the shop or factory floor.

What expectation should a technical student have of their experience? Often the biggest obstacle students may find upon graduation is their lack of experience. Any industry experience at all is good, but an area that relates specifically to their major or career field is very beneficial. Every student looking for their first job faces a field in which there are not only other students with similar background, but other candidates, sometimes with years of experience.

An internship and a good recommendation from a reputable company, can separate a student from the rest of the field. It shows initiative and demonstrates aptitude for a particular field. They also may find that their experience gives them a better feel for their career choices in order to make wise decisions for their future.

Students can see what really does on in a manufacturing plant. For some, it may be the first time to set foot inside a manufacturing facility outside of the classroom. They may have preconceptions, especially negative stereotypes that can be dispelled, through their experience.

There are numerous benefits of manufacturing internships for the manufacturer and the student. Students can gain valuable real world experience, and manufacturers can gain fresh talent with up to date computer skills from some of the best young minds that may one day lead their industry.