Tour highlights STEM jobs in Pennsylvania
Posted on October 3, 2017
The Jobs that Pay tour is helping highlight the success of STEM jobs in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani continued the Wolf Administration’s ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour to highlight science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs and apprenticeship opportunities during a visit to Phoenix Contact USA in Middletown.
“Governor Wolf’s continued priority of Pennsylvania jobs that pay includes a vibrant STEM sector of skilled, technically-oriented jobs,” said Cipriani. “High-tech STEM careers are the future of manufacturing in Pennsylvania, and we are encouraging growth in this field through career and technical training. Phoenix Contact USA is an excellent example of this accomplishment, particularly with its Mechatronics Apprenticeship program.”
Phoenix Contact USA develops and manufactures industrial electrical and electronic technology products that power, protect, connect and automate systems and equipment. Their products are used in the automotive, wastewater, power generation and oil and gas industries, among others. The company has 734 employees in the U.S., 550 of which are employed at the Middletown facility. Phoenix Contact USA’s registered apprenticeship program offers pathways in various careers including mechatronics technicians, electricians, plumbers, machinists, and information technology.
“We’ve found apprenticeships to be a win-win solution to help us address the skills gap,” said Jack Nehlig, President of Phoenix Contact USA. “The program gives our apprentices the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to pursue a technical career, while Phoenix Contact gets a competitive edge in attracting the best employees.”
Cipriani met with company officials to discuss Phoenix Contact’s workforce development programs, STEM outreach, and environmental initiatives. Daniel Korpowski, who is enrolled in Phoenix Contact’s mechatronic apprenticeship program, shared his experience and successes in pursuing a STEM-oriented career with Phoenix Contact. Cipriani also toured the company’s worksite, including the manufacturing and logistics facilities and the engineering and design facility.