Faces in Manufacturing


Male manufacturing worker

Dallas Terry

SCC Drafting Technology Alum
Engineer, KPI Concepts, West Burlington
KPI Concepts manufactures check-out lanes and cabinetry for national retail stores.

"It's always fun seeing the final product, knowing you've had a hand in creating it." 

Seeing a project from beginning to end is Dallas’s favorite part of his job at KPI Concepts. He enjoys every aspect, from designing the product, to creating the specs and programming the machines, to the final installation. Demonstrating the check-out lane once complete is a proud moment for Dallas and the rest of the team.

He encourages people who are interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing to experience all stages that you can. This helps you better understand the entire process and allows you to anticipate mistakes to make continuous improvements.

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Jason Kensett

SCC Industrial Maintenance Technology Alum
Maintenance Technician, Silgan Containers, Fort Madison
Silgan Containers manufactures aluminum containers.

"This field is ideal because there's never a dull moment."

Jason's primary role is to diagnose and repair equipment so production runs smoothly. His confidence in himself grows as he continues learning new skills. His likes that the job involves working on both new high-tech equipment and older machines that keep the facility running and profitable. 

Jason encourages people who are interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing to learn the foundational skills through a program like the SCC Industrial Maintenance courses. He says every day is a new adventure and you'll never stop learning once you're in the field. Plus, the field has lots of opportunities for growth.

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Richard Martindale

SCC Drafting Technology Alum
Drafting Technician, Roquette, Keokuk
Roquette manufactures raw materials for the food and pharmaceuticals markets, and for livestock feed.

"Manufacturing has given me financial stability to support my family."

A summer internship opportunity opened Richard’s eye to pursuing a career in manufacturing.

He decided it was time to invest in himself and earn a degree from SCC after feeling frustrated by his financial situation. Richard uses his computer and design (CAD) skills to create new P&ID prints and update the existing ones for the company. He says his job is like working a challenging puzzle on a daily basis. A piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) is a detailed diagram in the process industry which shows the piping and process equipment together with the instrumentation and control devices.

Richard is proud of the fact that the company helps so many people. They purchase all of their corn from local farmers, produce products that go into IVs at hospitals (as one of the many examples), and invest in the local community.  

Richard encourages people interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing to get a certificate or degree in a skilled trade. A degree will make you more marketable and increase your earning potential.

Male manufacturing worker

Ryan Reid

SCC Welding Technology Alumni
Welder/Fabricator, Hawkeye Pedershaab, Mediapolis
Hawkeye Pedershaab: Manufactures concrete pipe.

"You're always learning something new at this job."

Hands-on projects and the use of technology led Ryan to a career in manufacturing.

No two days at Hawkeye Pedershaab are the same for Ryan. He is tasked with taking manufacturing components and drawings to assemble them into a fully functional product. Ryan is constantly learning different processes and techniques that are required to complete various projects on the job.  

Having flexibility is key to someone considering a job in manufacturing. Projects can change rapidly and being able to go from one project to another based on job demands is a critical part of being successful.

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