Harris & Bruno encourages manufacturing careers

October 18th, 2012 by Karen Fraser-Middleton

Roseville-based Harris & Bruno International hosted a tour for Rocklin High School students in Dan Frank’s Engineering Support Technology classes on October 18.

In addition to touring the facility, meeting engineers and talking to employees about the equipment they operate, students benefited from advice from Harris and Bruno managers. Jim Riga, Director of Engineering & Service, explained how getting involved in campus clubs and competitions exposed him to companies seeking interns and to professors who often are aware of employment opportunities. An internship led to a job after he graduated. He was able to advance his career through several promotions by demonstrating his desire to contribute to the company.

“Businesses are looking for employees with good attitudes, who are happy to come to work,” said Riga. “You must have a desire to add value, demonstrate a good work ethic, believe that ‘good enough’ is not ‘good enough,’ be solution oriented and ask, ‘what can I do to help the company be successful?’”

Ed Lee, COO/CFO, urged students to do well in school. “Your grades tell others your ability to learn,” said Lee. “Good grades create opportunity.” He also urged students to demonstrate through their actions that they have a good attitude about work. “Don’t waste your time; do everything you can to be a valuable employee. If your contribution results in a 50 cent raise early in your career, that is equal to $1000 per year and $30-40,000 over your career,” said Lee.

Students gained interview advice from Courtney Wickens, Human Resources Manager. “When you are being considered for a job, you are likely to talk with Human Resources first,” said Wickens. “Making it through to the next interview is about character and drive to be part of the team as well as your ability to do the work. Show your passion, be dynamic and communicate that you want to contribute to the company.”

Learn more by watching the Harris & Bruno International corporate movie.

The tour for Rocklin High School was supported by the Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) and the Sierra STEM Collaborative to encourage students to consider STEM careers in design, engineering and manufacturing. This is one of several tours being offered by local employers as an extension of Manufacturing Day 2012. Thanks to Harris & Bruno for giving students this opportunity to see real world application of the skills they are learning in school as well as advice on how to pursue technical education and careers.

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