College Students Gain Important Knowledge & Work to Close the Manufacturing Skills Gap as TAMKO Interns

shutterstock_119151946As summer interns at TAMKO Building Products Inc., several college students were exposed to the manufacturing field and gained real-life experience and valuable knowledge in 2015. The 10 interns worked in the fields of engineering, research and development, accounting and production at the various TAMKO facilities in Joplin and Webb City, Missouri. TAMKO is one of the largest privately-owned manufacturers of residential and low-slope roofing products in the country.

According to the Manufacturing Institute, 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled over the next 10 years. However, due to the manufacturing skills gap, 2 million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled. There is a manufacturing skills gap because the skills of available workers do not match the skills that many manufacturing jobs of today demand, such as engineering, research and development, skilled trades and production. Through working in the manufacturing sector and gaining knowledge and experience, TAMKO’s summer interns worked to close this skills gap.

Landor Taylor worked as an engineering intern at TAMKO’s High Street manufacturing facility in Joplin. He said the internship opportunity has allowed him to learn a lot about manufacturing and has helped him gain the valuable skills he will need to be successful in his career.

Theresa Dohmen, who worked as a rewinder process technician intern at TAMKO’s Rangeline manufacturing facility also gained valuable knowledge and real-world experience. “Production work takes a lot of skill and the knowledge that I’m gaining this summer is invaluable for my future,” Dohmen said.

For TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys, his first job involved working on a shingle production line during his summer break from college.

“That experience was about more than just learning a process,” Humphreys said about his work at TAMKO’s High Street manufacturing facility. “It was gaining a direct familiarity of the skills that it takes to accomplish the task, along with the hard work, dedication, and quality that goes into producing TAMKO products.”

TAMKO’s summer interns worked throughout the summer and have returned to college for the fall semester.