Explore Your Future During Engineering Week at OCtech, Feb. 20-23

Do you want to be a robotics technician? Does automation or precision manufacturing sound like a great career choice to you? Do you find 3D design and printing fascinating?

If so, then join Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College for Engineering Week, Feb. 20-23, when the community is invited to explore the opportunities for a career in the ever-expanding fields of engineering technology, advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and so much more. Registration is not required.

Hands-on activities and live demonstrations will be available in the evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in classrooms and labs across campus. The focus of the Monday, Feb. 20, session will be robotics, automation, 3D design and printing, and instrumentation. Guests are asked to report to Building N, Room 1602, where they will tour labs and participate in demonstrations in Engineering Design Technology, Engineering Technology – Electronic Instrumentation/Programming and Mechatronics.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the community is invited to explore the world of robotics, automation and precision manufacturing with Industrial Electronics/Industrial Maintenance Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Mechatronics and Welding in Building T, Room 137.

On Thursday, Feb. 23, those interested in working with alternative energy vehicles, automotive and diesel repair, or in transportation and logistics are invited to check out OCtech’s Automotive/Diesel, Professional Truck Driving and Logistics areas in Building I, Room 804.

Signs will be posted and staff will be available to assist the community in finding the locations.

OCtech Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies students will have the opportunity to tour Thermo King in Gaston on Feb. 20 and Starbucks Coffee Co.’s Sandy Run Roasting Plant on Feb. 23. A limited number of spaces are available for the tours. OCtech students must sign up through their division to participate.

The week will also include an engineering and advanced manufacturing field study for 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students on Feb. 21 at GKN Aerospace’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that produces inlet lip skins for the Boeing 737 MAX and 777X in Orangeburg. As part of the field study, students will return to the OCtech campus to explore academic programs that lead to careers in that and similar industries.

The field study is available to a limited number of students on a first-come, first-served basis. High school students wishing to participate should contact their school guidance counselor.

For more information about Engineering Week activities, contact Debbie England at 803.535.1308.