Cliff Sanderson, vice president at human resources at Mayville Engineering Company.

A regional employer finds well-rounded talent through FVTC to help get products to market

A roaring economy combined with high-tech products our society can’t get enough of makes for an ideal time to get involved in industry on parade. With the right skill, today’s career starter or workplace advancer can name his or her ticket.

At the ticket booth of opportunity concerning such success is technical education. Fox Valley Technical College, for instance, continues to respond to employer demands for specialized labor at the speed of business. These very men and women who invest in an FVTC education are often the hidden heroes of commerce and economic development.

One such example of those talents is found inside the doors of Mayville Engineering Company (MEC), the largest custom metal fabricator in the United States with divisions in five states, totaling seventeen facilities. MEC’s original equipment manufacturing product line includes industrial-related tanks, performance structures, tubes, along with general fabrication work and custom-built re-loaders for marksmen and women in the sport-shooting market.

MEC’s Wautoma plant is one the fabrication centers that relies heavily on skilled welders. As Mayville’s Cliff Sanderson believes, however, today’s metal fabricators bring more than technical aptitudes to the workplace. “Fox Valley Tech impresses me with an unwavering ability to instill more than solid technical skills in its students,” noted the company’s vice president of human resources. “They enter our company prepared to work in teams with a professional attitude.”

Sanderson underscores the value of today’s advanced manufacturing professionals. “Wisconsin’s technical colleges are second-to-none,” he said. “These institutions thrive on partnering with industry to develop responsible, innovative workers that companies need to fit their unique needs. Fox Valley Tech’s presence is Wautoma, for example, has served as a catalyst for training skilled welders for MEC.”

Some of MEC’s customers are Honda, Volvo, CNH, Mercury, John Deere, and Oshkosh Corporation, to names few. With such a high profile line of end users, it’s imperative for a company like Mayville to find and develop the best talent. Although welders are the centerpiece graduate MEC looks for from FVTC, Sanderson says his company’s’ track record of promoting from within can often lead to leadership positions.

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