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BotsIQ Attracts Future Employees

Thursday, June 09, 2016

For the past several months, four DMI Engineers have been serving as Industry Advisors for two local BotsIQ teams – Charleroi High School (John Gardom & TJ Hultz) and Belle Vernon Area High School (Jason Marr & Steve Simqu). BotsIQ is a nationwide manufacturing workforce development program disguised as a high school robotics competition. Our engineers have been helping these students design and build robots to battle in gladiator-style competitions, which also develops skills needed in manufacturing. They recently competed against much more experienced teams and both high school teams did very well, including a “Best Rookie” team award presented to Belle Vernon!

The goal of the program is to get students interested in pursuing careers in manufacturing, which produces skilled employees who can meet DMI’s advanced manufacturing needs in the future. DMI Workforce Development Manager, Katie Hager, set up a career booth at the competition and also served on a panel of speakers at the Parent Information Session. A couple of students expressed interest in working for DMI after they graduate!

The students and teachers at Charleroi and Belle Vernon were very appreciatiave of the assistance provided by DMI and raved about our employees who were involved. Overall, it was a highly sucessful experience.