The Emmett O’Brien Technical School showcases women in manufacturing. | So Good News
By Steve Bigham Republican-American
ANSONIA — Emmett O’Brien Technical School on Oct. 28; Tuesday In honor of National Manufacturing Month, several prominent women in manufacturing were invited to meet the 32 female students participating in the school’s precision mechanical technology program.
“This is an event that celebrates women in the manufacturing sector and welcomes all the achievements and opportunities available to all students out there,” said department head Steve Orloski. “Manufacturing is no longer a field for men. Women are also involved and they are doing a great job.”
Orloski said his classes are currently split almost 50-50 between boys and girls, and 90% of female students are already on career tracks. 32 female students is an all-time program high.
Among the speakers were Schwerdtle Inc. of Bridgeport; Kathy Saint, CEO of Jill Meyer, CEO of Bead Manufacturing of Milford, and Marcy Minnick, CEO of Exello Tool of Milford.
He spoke on various manufacturing topics, saying that women have as many opportunities as men in various fields of production, and that they can create their own success story with fictions of success even if it means failure. A few times along the way
In the event, quality control, Three female alumni who have gone on to solid careers in manufacturing, including junior engineering and CNC programming, also participated. Lydianna Vega of New Haven said she was proud to see so many girls in the program. When I graduated in 2008, there were only six in total.
Orloski said many of the baby boomers in their 60s and 70s are now retiring machinery and equipment, and 30-year-olds in this job. Orloski said there were only a few people between 40 and 50. And with manufacturing returning to America, Orloski said jobs are there to take.
Orloski said his juniors and seniors all have their jobs lined up.
“We have a huge gap to fill,” Orloski said. “All you have to do now is learn.”
Machine shops at O’Brien Tech have closed over the years because production slowed or went overseas, school officials said.
Those days are long gone, replaced by machine shops like O’Brien Tech, which gets $2.5 million worth of high-tech computing equipment for students to train on and another $800,000 in orders.