The possibility of a cutting-edge career in electronics came alive for Year 10 students from Park Ridge State High Schoolwho visited local manufacturer Hetech for a glimpse into the future, last week.
The students, as part of the school’s specialist STEM program, toured the local factory’s state of the art facility on Friday, October 22nd, where they saw first-hand how modern manufacturing works, including a fully automated production line.
Park Ridge State High School electronics teacher Wayne Spyve says Hetech were a great partner to their STEM program to show students what a pathway in today’s electronics industry can look like.
“It was such a good opportunity for the students. The kids don’t know these emerging career options are out there,” Mr Spyve said.
“It is rewarding to see the students build on their natural curiosity. Especially afterwards when they come to me and say; Sir, I’d like to work there.”
The students were also treated to a presentation from managing director Mark Steiner which Mr Spyve says was helpful to equip their young creative minds with the tools to excel.
“Listening to Mark share his story gives me the materials to take back into the classroom to engage and inspire the students. Not only do they learn about electronic manufacturing, but they learn what it means to be an entrepreneur,” Mr Spyve said.
Following their visit to Hetech, students have the option to join the company’s work placement program or go on to complete a school-based manufacturing course, counted towards their QCE.
Hetech’s Managing Director Mark Steiner says Hetech has been a long-time supporter of local high school and university students seeking a career on the frontier of the Australian electronics industry.
“The possibilities are truly endless. Progression, innovation, the future, it is all happening; but it will only continue if we spark the passion of the next generation,” Mr Steiner said.
“Right now, is a very exciting time to be in electronic manufacturing as we are starting to see more work around the technological and environmental problems in industries such as mining and space.
New problems and ideas are born every day. It is our job, as professionals in the industry, to pass on our passion and experience to the future leaders of our industry – creating awareness and excitement – opening their eyes to a future in electronic manufacturing where they can be the one to solve these problems.”