Tech Molded Plastics LP has taught interns and apprentices in the past, but recently tutored a teacher about the ins and outs of its business.
Taking part in the educator-in-the-workplace program put together by the Crawford County School-to-Work Partnership, the Meadville-based company provided a 40-hour training program for Richard Gosnell, a science and physics teacher at Cambridge Springs Junior-Senior High School in Cambridge Springs, Pa.
``When I started this program, I had hopes of perhaps learning more about computer aided design and possibly some metalworking skills that I could use to help with a robotics program. While I did learn these things, I learned so much more from the staff of Tech Molded Plastics that I can now take back to the classroom,'' Gosnell said in a news release.
He said that he learned about lean manufacturing, quality, marketing and teamwork in problem solving. Gosnell added that he now knows more about what skills manufacturers are seeking.
The teacher helps his school participate in a smart sports program using robotics called BattleBots IQ.
He finished the week by creating four prototype chassis. He said that they will be used for lean manufacturing type exercises to teach students teamwork and communications.
Gosnell and Tech were connected through shared interest in the BattleBots program. It was sponsored by a local chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association in May 2007. Tech was also a major sponsor.
Tech Molded Plastics LP and its sister company Tech Tool & Mold Inc. provide precision tooling, mold making and custom injection molding for the medical, automotive, aviation, consumer and electronics markets. It was founded by Bill and Eva Hanaway in 1973.