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Wallace and Michelin Sponsor Student Workshop


Wallace and Michelin Partner for Student Workshop

Dothan, Ala. – Wallace Community College (WCCD) and Michelin Tire Manufacturing in Dothan recently joined forces to provide the inaugural Fundamentals of Modern Maintenance Workshop for upcoming 10-12 graders. The sessions, designed by Wallace faculty and Michelin trainers, introduced area students to careers in industrial systems technology and industrial maintenance. The partners gave two three-day workshops, accommodating five students in each group. 

The first day of each workshop, students received industrial hydraulics and pneumatics training and lab activities from WCCD’s Steven Tice, Applied Engineering Technology program instructor. Topics included theory of fluid power systems and configuration and operation of air and hydraulic test systems. “By participating in the workshop, students received hands-on experience working with these types of systems, which are commonplace in all types of industry,” remarked Tice.

The second day of the workshop, students explored the world of work at Michelin’s Dothan factory and received electrical theory training from Tony Greene, After Cure Maintenance Supervisor at Michelin. The last day included a plant tour for students and their parents.

Onyx Lundy, a rising 12th grader at Northview High School/Dothan Technology Center, discovered many unknown facts about Michelin’s process. “Learning about making tires was interesting,” he said. “I especially enjoyed learning about the circuits.”

By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school, according to research by Georgetown University. Many of those jobs will require skilled labor. These positions are highly paid and made possible by an increase in manufacturing and by retiring baby boomers.

The relevance of career technical training, in particular the Applied Engineering Technology, is encouraged by Michelin. The company supports the education of students interested in industrial systems careers by offering a Michelin Technical Scholars Program.

Enrollment in the Wallace Community College Applied Engineering Technology program is a prerequisite for students interested in applying for the Michelin Technical Scholars Program.  After passing a general aptitude test and interview process, successful applicants receive full payment of tuition, books and tools by Michelin. They also become part-time employees at Michelin while completing their Associates of Applied Science degree in Applied Engineering Technology at Wallace. 

Upon completion of their degrees, Technical Scholars may apply for full-time employment as a Michelin Maintenance Reliability Technician. The skills acquired in the Wallace Applied Engineering Technology program are applicable to many industrial and utility facilities nation-wide.

For additional information on Applied Engineering Technology, go to www.wallace.edu/appliedengineering or call (334) 983-3521, ext. 2603.

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