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EMCC students learn from industry insiders

Employees of SPX Flow in Rochester visited the automated manufacturing & machining class at the Eastern Monroe Career Center. Eric Rowland, Kevin O'Connell and John Skivington spoke to students about the work the company does and how the classwork they're doing prepares them for a future career.


SPX Flow manufactures pumps, valves, mixers and other products for industrial use around the world. Their products and aftermarket parts are used by companies in the food and beverage, oil and gas, power generation and mining industries. Skivington and O'Connell both attended BOCES career and technical education programs before beginning their careers. Their stories made it easier for students to relate.


"Many of the machines brought up throughout the presentation I've personally used in our shop," said current Avery Cheatle (Brighton). "My current plans are to be employed by a local manufacturer in the Rochester area. SPX is right below my top choice which is Optimax which is precision lens manufacturer."


SPX Flow anticipates up to 35 percent of their local workforce will be retiring in the next five years, creating a need for skilled workers. Programs like automated manufacturing & machining at EMCC can position students to make the most of these opportunities.


"It's important for our students to connect the work they do in class to what is happening in manufacturing facilities," said teacher Len Hall. "I appreciate the willingness of SPX Flow and other local companies to come and meet our students and help them learn about a potential future career."