Local students participate in Intro to Automation Course

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NorthWind Technical Services, LLC in Sabetha sponsored and hosted an Intro to Automation Course for high school students from the local area. The course was held May 31 to June 3 in the Training Room at NorthWind.

Professor Clark Shaver from the Electronics Engineering Technology Department at Pittsburg State University presented the course to 12 students. While one-half of the students were from Sabetha, other communities that were represented include Fairview, Seneca, Wetmore, Horton, Centralia and Humbolt, Neb.

The students learned basic programmable logic controller (PLC) programming and controls wiring to complete approximately 25 projects that included buzzers, strobe lights and conveyor systems. Automation industry experts from NorthWind and other companies shared information on career paths in the rapidly expanding field of automation throughout the world as well as in our local area. Students were presented with a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity for scholarships and course credit if they pursue an engineering degree with an automation minor at Pittsburg State University.

The owners of NorthWind, Mike and Marlene Bosworth, commented, “We enjoyed hosting the course and giving these young individuals a small taste of the automation industry. We are hopeful that we can host this course again next year.”

Harper Schmelzle, left, and Cameron Harrell, right, work on a project during the Automation Course at NorthWind Technical Services held Tuesday-Friday, May 31-June 3.
Professor Clark Shaver assists students Trevin LaVoie and Kellen Wenger during the Automation Course at NorthWind Technical Services held Tuesday-Friday, May 31-June 3.
These students work on projects during the Automation Course at NorthWind Technical Services held Tuesday-Friday, May 31-June 3. Pictured are (L-R) Landon Meyer, Krae Aberle, Brock Reinecke and Isaac Hartter.

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