Terra State Community College is constantly seeking innovative ways to collaborate with the regional workforce. Recently, the College hosted a two-day training workshop conducted by Electro-Matic Products, Inc. in partnership with Siemens. The purpose of this workshop was to give intermediate and advanced level PLC and HMI programmers hands-on experience with TIA system engineering tools. While this particular event was not directly related to our student success, it is building a foundation for future collaborations with both companies.

This possibility of collaboration began many years ago at Terra Technical College when Jeff Hamilton and Rob Grove were both students. Fast-forward to today and the two reconnected because both alumni wanted to do something impactful for future Terra State graduates.

Jeff Hamilton is currently an Associate Professor for Power and Controls at Terra State, and Rob Grove is an Account Manager for Industry Sales at Siemens. After some discussions about logistics and why this would be good for both parties, the event was set. There was no cost and participants were able to gain hands-on experience with the sophisticated equipment provided by Siemens.

The workshop was led by George Levanoff, Sr. Automation and GP Drives Specialist at Electro-Matic Products Inc. along with Rad Go, Application Engineer for Siemens and Michael Hawthorn, a fourth-year engineering student at University of Toledo. This training is important because several large companies use this equipment in their processes including Fiat Chrysler in Toledo and Vehtek Systems in Bowling Green.

Both alums hope that this collaboration will lead to more events to support our regional workforce and also some specific training geared directly for Terra State students. “Having experience with multiple systems and equipment is very important for our students. By providing students opportunities to work with industry leaders while they are in school, they will be better prepared when entering the workforce,” says Hamilton.

Terra State values our partnerships with regional and local businesses and industry leaders and is excited about the future collaborations possible.

The Siemens Cooperates with Education (SCE) program allows schools to partner with Siemens on leading edge industrial technologies in their classrooms, research projects and workforce development initiatives. SCE was established to provide support through equipment, software, instructor and technical guidance. This is the latest of a series of investments as part of Siemens’ overall commitment to address the workforce skills gap. Through the SCE program, we provide free curriculum, instructor training and ongoing support for the successful adoption of these technologies.  www.usa.siemens.com/sce for more information