“It was a challenge to choose a career path that was so unfamiliar and so different than what my friends were doing at first. However, the three years helped ease me into the industry and build my confidence, and the experiences I had were not only educational in the workplace, but also crucial to my development as a person.
I began my apprenticeship at Bühler the summer after graduating high school. In the first year as an apprentice, I started learning about the company directly by working at Bühler: assisting wherever possible, familiarizing myself with basic tools and skills and tackling small projects.
Along with this hands-on experience, I began attending classes at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis. During the second year I advanced my skills and knowledge in electronics, fabrication, engineering, machinist math, electrical theory, and much more through continuing to work at the plant and attend classes.
In the second year, I started to really get to know the people at Bühler, make connections and learn about jobs that I could possibly attain. I realized through this experience that there were so many more careers and job opportunities than I had pictured as a high schooler. The field of jobs I had envisioned was only a small portion of the vast amount of opportunities there really were, and are still in my future. In the third year, I was able to hone my skills in areas that interested me and aligned with my talents while still assisting in the shop and on job sites.”