Lauren Roberts, Wichita Falls Times Record News
Mechanical engineering students spent their Saturday touring three manufacturing facilities around Wichita Falls.
The Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce sponsored the tours to Pratt & Whitney, Arconic, and Kalco.
“The students have the opportunity to go through these tours to see exactly what these facilities are up to, the types of jobs they do, the types of jobs they offer. And also getting that inside look at the staff that’s on hand,” Taylor Davis, director of the Wichita Falls Talent Partnership, said.
She said the tour could lead to potential internships and job opportunities. Some of the students brought along their resumes to hand out to staff at the faculties.
“We have seen a need in our community to connect our educators, employers and students/community members,” Davis said.
Mechanical engineering senior Luuk Teurlinx said it was good to see what was actually inside a company like Pratt & Whitney.
“You see on the internet what they’re doing but you don’t see how they’re doing it and what goes on in the factory,” Teurlinx said. “Definitely interesting to see and it’s good to see.”
Teurlinx said he is trying to figure out what he’s going to do after graduating and this tour can help him narrow it down.
Ijuani Stephenson liked seeing the way parts were tracked as they entered and left the facilities and how it related to the customers.
“Overall it was a very visual and hands on process of everything,” Stephenson said.
She said there has been stagnant population in Wichita Falls with the only growth in the 55-plus age group.
“Trying to retain the talent that we have at MSU as well as our homegrown talent here that was born here and raised here is really important to us,” she said.
With the success of the MSU industry tours the chamber is considering branching out and doing more tours with other majors and schools.
“We are talking to Vernon College to see what it might look like for their business majors,” Davis said.