Austin Oder, a 2017 graduate of Little Miami and Warren County Career Center Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics program, has traveled the world since graduation, and continues to gain workforce skills and certifications. He was in the first graduating class of the high school program, with instructor Chuck Higgins, and said his dad talked him into signing up for the new manufacturing program because of the robotics instruction. He is pictured here in his high school lab in 2015.
“I really wasn’t interested in robotics at first, and even said I would never work in that field, but now I really enjoy it,” he said. “Everything I learned in my lab, including hydraulics, pneumatics, programmable logic controllers, computerized numerical controllers, all ties together and relates to what I am doing in my career.”
He was employed locally with three different companies and intended to live and work in the Cincinnati area, but as he continued networking with people in the manufacturing industry, he was offered a job in Alabama. That company sent him to Switzerland, Germany and Mexico for training specific to their equipment, which involved high pressure die casting, in robotics and programming.
Austin relocated to Texas in April and has a new position in equipment maintenance working for an international high-tech company. He plans to stay in manufacturing and keep learning and moving toward an engineering position that he said will probably include more education.
“My advice to a student considering or just getting started in the Advanced Manufacturing program is that it's worth it,” he said. “They should focus on the skills they are learning. There are endless jobs they can go into from that class. Like I said, I didn’t really care for the robotics instruction and PLCs when I first started, but now that’s what I do.”
“Austin was an excellent student. He made the most of his education while he was here, and he continues to grow in his skills and knowledge,” Instructor Chuck Higgins said. “I am very proud of him.”