Several Jabil sites in the United States have found a way to educate youth of their community in a fun, yet artificial-intelligence kind of way: working with local robotics teams! Jabil Auburn Hills and Nypro Dothan recently invited teams from local schools to visit their plant to see robotics in action. And they are not the only sites: Nypro Clinton has led the way in this community outreach effort by supporting their local robotics team for the last two decades, and Jabil Corporate St. Petersburg recently agreed to sponsor a local team. All of these efforts align with the Jabil Cares’ Education focus area.
The Hemlock Michigan High School Robotics Team, also known as Team Gray Matter, traveled to Auburn Hills to see how cutting-edge technology is transforming electronics manufacturing. As a part of their visit, the students enjoyed a tour of the facility led by John Wahl IV, process tooling engineer. “We were able to show the students some high-tech machines and demonstrate how our work here at Jabil is paving the way in additive manufacturing,” Wahl said.
In Alabama, the Ridgecrest Robotics Team called on Nypro Dothan to inspect their robot for a competition and provide feedback on possible improvements needed. Approximately 30 students came the site to learn firsthand about the robotics industry and watched Melissa Lee, measurement technician, demonstrate the quality assurance process used for products. Their outreach efforts were a success and the tour ended with the most telling question from a student: “How old do you have to be to work here?”
Maintaining a long-term relationship with local robotics students, Nypro Clinton has sponsored and mentored Clinton High School’s Gael Force team since it began in 1992. Gordon Lankton, founder of Nypro, helped establish the team and continues to attend regional and championship events. Each year, many employees volunteer to mentor the students. “I want to make the next generation of engineers better than my generation. It’s all about continuous improvement,” said Jorge Martinez Jr., project engineer.
Many Jabil sites have recognized the importance of supporting students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017), at the time these students from Auburn Hills, Dothan, Clinton and St. Petersburg will be entering the workforce, there will be over two times more STEM-related occupations created compared to non-STEM and Jabil wants to make sure that we continue to do our part to excite the next generation.
Jabil Cares, our community outreach and volunteerism platform, supports localized efforts around specific causes related to Education, Empowerment, and the Environment.