students in CCAC’s Mechatronics Technology program at West Hills Center visited Chicago from Oct. 15 to 18 to attend the PMMI PACK EXPO
International trade show held by the
Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (formerly Packaging
Machinery Manufacturers Institute). Accompanied
by CCAC Assistant Professor Patricia Thompson and CCAC Adjunct Professor Janine
Mickey, the second-year students had the opportunity to witness cutting-edge technology and to meet
with more than 2,000 vendors of automated equipment used in the packaging
At the show, two of the students interviewed with Niagara Bottling
and were offered positions with the company as field engineering technicians,
which they accepted. CCAC was one of 18 PMMI partner schools to host a
booth in the education pavilion, where students and faculty spoke with
representatives from many local industries. Four CCAC students also
participated in the Amazing Packaging Race, in which 20 teams of students from
around the country completed a series of challenges across 1.2 million net-square-feet
of exhibit space. CCAC’s Christopher Bice was on the winning team and received
a $500 Visa gift card.
student Crystal Daughtry, of Mt. Washington, was recognized at the show for
receiving one of six merit scholarships awarded by PMMI in the U.S. and Canada
in the amount of $5,000. Receiving scholarships in the amount of $4,000 each
were CCAC students Austin Fitch, of
McDonald; Kalie Conner, of Washington, Pa.; and Henri Siyapdje, of Penn Hills.
“All of the students expressed how much they benefitted
from attending the expo and learning about the opportunities that await them
after graduation,” said Thompson. “Our students really made a great impression on everyone. An engineer from Siemens told me how impressed he was with
the mechatronics knowledge that the CCAC students possess.”
An emerging technology, mechatronics integrates mechanical
and electronic components with hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics and computer
controls in the manufacture of industrial products and processes. Skilled
workers are in high demand due to the increasing use of these sophisticated and
complex manufacturing operations.
more information about CCAC’s Mechatronics Technology program, visit ccac.edu/Mechatronics_Technology_AS.aspx.
Gathered around the CCAC booth at PACK EXPO are (left to right): CCAC students Spencer Griffin, Henri Siyapdje, Matthew Schaeffer and
Crystal Daughtry; CCAC faculty member Janine Mickey; and CCAC students Kalie
Conner, Robert Szymanski and Christopher Bice. Not pictured are CCAC students Tom
Gerlach and Austin Fitch.