Upper Valley Employers Team Up with TA and LHS on STEM Program

Upper Valley Employers Team Up with TA and LHS on STEM Program

HANOVER, N.H.—Feb. 5, 2018—FUJIFILM Dimatix and Hypertherm, are partnering on a high-tech manufacturing and engineering program for high school seniors at both Lebanon High School and Thetford Academy. In addition to learning career readiness skills, participating students will earn two credits toward graduation, including one full math and half a science credit.

The program’s introduction follows more than 18 months of planning between the two employers and schools. Designed to last one full semester or 18 weeks, students will rotate through various FUJIFILM Dimatix and Hypertherm teams. They will split their time at the two companies, spending five afternoons a week immersed in all aspects of business including but not limited to human resources, marketing, assembly, accounting, engineering, and research and development.

At FUJIFILM Dimatix, students will follow the lifecycle of a printhead, studying the production process, material science, failure analysis engineering, testing, design, and much more. At Hypertherm, students will explore the manufacturing process from start to finish. From design to testing, to marketing and sales; students will experience what it takes for a global company to bring a product to market, and the many different jobs and functions involved.

“It is of great strategic importance that upcoming generations are engaged and capable in all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,” said Mike Baymiller, VP of Human Resources at Hypertherm. “We are excited by this opportunity to welcome and help students expand their knowledge of STEM careers, while providing invaluable on-the-job experience.”

“It is so exciting to see this four-way collaboration develop from idea to reality. By actively participating in high tech manufacturing, students are exposed to a powerful motivating experience that will likely lead to job opportunities and postsecondary educational opportunities. For their part, the two participating businesses can attract promising and talented young people, helping to expand their workforce while ensuring a vibrant and stable Upper Valley for years to come,” said Bill Bugg, Head of School at Thetford Academy.

Both schools will offer the program to students for the first time in the fall. In total 16 students, 8 from each school, will take part. Schools will work to identify program participants based upon student interest and recommendations from school counselors.

FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., the world’s leading supplier of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads for industrial applications, is driving a revolution in inkjet technology to support a new generation of products for printing, industrial product decoration and materials deposition. The company’s innovative inkjet technology and world-class fabrication techniques enable OEMs, system integrators and manufacturers to build cutting-edge systems and manufacturing processes for high-performance, precision printing of traditional inks and deposition of functional fluids on all types of surfaces, including flexible substrates.

Hypertherm designs and manufactures industrial cutting products for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair. Its product line includes cutting systems, in addition to CNC motion and height controls, CAM nesting software, robotic software and consumables. Hypertherm systems are trusted for performance and reliability that result in increased productivity and profitability for hundreds of thousands of businesses. The New Hampshire based company’s reputation for cutting innovation dates back 50 years to 1968, with Hypertherm’s invention of water injection plasma cutting. The 100 percent associate owned company, consistently named a best place to work, has more than 1,400 associates along with operations and partner representation worldwide. Learn more at www.hypertherm.com.

Contact – Hypertherm: Michelle Avila at 603-643-3441 or pr@hypertherm.com.

Photo: Matt McKinney, Workforce Development Manager at Hypertherm, speaks with Thetford Academy and Lebanon High School students during a Feb. 6 tour. Representatives from Hypertherm and FUJIFILM made a special presentation to TA sophomores on Jan. 22 and will present to juniors on Feb. 9.