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Precision Plus Spotlight On: Matt Dowell

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My adventure with Precision Plus started in 2014 as a summer intern, while I was still in school at Wilmot Union High. The first summer was spent in various departments throughout the building, learning every role there was, from the front office to shipping quality products out the back shipping doors.

Precision Plus Spotlight On: Jose Diaz

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When I graduated in 2009 from Whitewater High School, my mind was set on having a career as a mechanic in the automotive industry. To reach that goal, I attended Blackhawk Technical college and earned a two-year Automotive Technician degree. With this gained knowledge, I worked for a construction company performing all maintenance on the heavy machinery. It did not take long to realize I lacked enthusiasm for the work and decided it was time to do something different.

Precision Plus Spotlight On: William Sanchez

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Hi, I am William Sanchez, a Customer Service professional at Precision Plus, Inc. As a high school junior in 2016, I started my career journey with Precision Plus through the Youth Apprentice (YA) program at Elkhorn Area High School and have been employed with the company ever since. At that time, I was most interested in finding a job in high school that could potentially lead to a very strong career. Precision Plus had endless opportunities to explore, and I knew it was the right decision to take the opportunity to work here.

Precision Plus Spotlight On: Maria Valadez

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My journey with Precision Plus started just two short years ago when I graduated early from Badger High School in January of 2018. Having been in the restaurant industry during my high school years, I was hungry for a different career path – one that not only provides benefits necessary for independence, but also a lifestyle allowing me to enjoy fun times with family and friends.

Welcome Summer 2018 Interns!

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Back row, from left: Mark Beilman, Jack Wright, Kody Lebow, Quinn McDonald, Seth Kraayvanger, Anthony Alagna and Mike Reader. Front row, from left: Samantha Betley, Willow Rutzen, Nick Domenella, Colin Kelber, Ryan Rychlek, Matt Dowell, and Isaac Taylor (Missing from photo: Josh Rybicki)

Precision Plus is happy to introduce this summer’s group of interns. We look forward to working alongside this great group of students while giving them meaningful experiences and playing an active role in their hands-on education.

 

Welcoming Our 2017 Summer Interns

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Please join Precision Plus in welcoming our 2017 summer interns. We continue to have great success with our internship program, and we are excited to introduce to you this year’s outstanding group of individuals.

Justin Ferrari is a senior at Elkhorn Area High School (EAHS), and he has been with us this past year as a Youth Apprentice in machining. In July, he will be entering Gateway Technical College’s CNC High School Boot Camp program. Justin will return to Precision Plus in January for his mentorship in this program.

Tyler Daehn is a senior at EAHS and has been with us this past year as a Youth Apprentice in IT. He will continue in this capacity for the summer and has elected to pursue a second year apprenticeship with Precision Plus for the next school year.

Carson Filko is a senior at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Carson is entering his fourth summer with us, and he will be working exclusively on projects led by our manufacturing engineer. Scheduled projects include incorporating our new Sawyer Robot onto our manufacturing floor and other process improvement projects.

Matt Dowell is a junior at UW-Platteville, pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Matt is entering his fourth summer at Precision Plus, and along with Carson, will be exclusively working on projects led by our manufacturing engineer.

William Sanchez graduated from EAHS and spent the last year with Precision Plus as a Youth Apprentice. He will be joining us full time for the summer before he leaves for Blackhawk Technical College.

Alden Filko is a junior at MSOE, pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. Alden is starting his fourth summer with us and will be working in the Miyano department. Although Alden is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering, he says the hands-on experience at Precision Plus is very beneficial.

Rachel Hunter is a sophomore at MSOE, and she is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Rachel is a Precision Plus scholarship recipient, and this is her first summer with us.

Max Rutowski is a sophomore at UW-Platteville, where he is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. This is Max’s first summer at Precision Plus. He is from the Greenfield, Wisconsin area, and he is excited to gain some quality machining experience.

Kathryn Lieffrig is a junior at Iowa State University, pursuing a degree in industrial engineering. Kathryn is spending her first summer at Precision Plus this year, and she is looking to gain valuable experience to bring back to the classroom.

Isaac Taylor is a senior at EAHS, and this is his first summer with us. He had such a positive experience taking the new machining and manufacturing classes at EAHS, and he is looking forward to expanding on what he has learned.

Jake Starr is a senior at East Troy High School. He spent the last year here as a Youth Apprentice in machining. He will be working full time in the CAM department, and plans to continue his second year as a Youth Apprentice next year.

We always look forward to the summer interns arriving, along with the fresh ideas and burst of energy they bring with them. From their experience, they will gain knowledge, develop skills, make connections, strengthen their resumes, and assess their interests and abilities.

Employers have much to gain from internship programs, as well. These programs are an excellent way for companies in our industry to accomplish tasks and projects that have been pushed aside for lack of time. Having interns at your place of business is also an ideal way to facilitate success in our industry, as we provide valuable training and mentorship for these students. We have learned over the years that good interns can turn out to be some of the best full time employees.

If your business is interested in learning more about youth apprenticeship and internship programs in Wisconsin, read more at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/ and   http://wisconsinfastforward.com/pdf/icp_waw_wrapup_1702.pdf.

Welcome Precision Plus 2016-2017 Youth Apprentices and Interns

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Fall has arrived, and with it comes Precision Plus’s new crop of youth apprentices and interns. This is our fourth year sponsoring youth apprentices from local high schools, including three students from Elkhorn Area High School (EAHS) and two from East Troy High School (ETHS). We also have an intern from the new CNC program at Gateway Technical College’s (GTC) Elkhorn campus. We are very excited to have these new faces in the building, as they learn the details of manufacturing at Precision Plus. Please join us in welcoming the next generation of manufacturing professionals from Walworth County.

Meet Jeri Spangler, Quality Assurance Technician and Triathlete

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Merriam-Webster defines a go-getter as a person who works very hard and who wants very much to succeed. At Precision Plus, we define it in two words: Jeri Spangler. Jeri is a Quality Assurance Technician who started with Precision Plus in 2007, and she has made it a point to continue her training and education. She learned to program OASIS (Optical Inspection System), received an Associate Degree in Mechanical Design Engineering Technology from Gateway Technical College in 2011, and has now completed the BYU Pathway Program, allowing her to receive another online degree from BYU-Idaho. Jeri has always enjoyed working with numbers and subjects like algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. She says that working with blueprints and Swiss Machine components “is geometry in the real world.”

Precision Plus Says Goodbye to Our Summer Interns

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Summer is coming to an end, and it is time for Precision Plus to say goodbye to our summer interns. Over the last few months, we have gotten to know these intelligent and talented students, as they received a real “hands-on” education. They now have the opportunity to apply what they have learned on the shop floor to what they are studying in school. Some interns will be returning to school, some will be graduating soon, and some will move onto other internships.  No matter where they are headed, we feel fortunate that we were a part of their journey.

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