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SDP/SI Excites Interest in Choosing Manufacturing as a Rewarding Career Path with Students

SDP/SI Corrects Outdated Misconceptions as to what a Manufacturing Company Looks Like

Press Release  |  January 11, 2022  |  Hicksville, NY

With manufacturing jobs going unfilled there is an urgent need to create interest in choosing manufacturing as a career path. Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI), a leader in providing engineering development and precision manufacturing for a wide range of applications, is on a mission to correct any misconceptions young people and their families may have about manufacturing.

Connecting with local schools has become a priority. SDP/SI, a Designatronics brand, recently opened its doors to West Islip High School allowing students and their teachers a glimpse into a modern-day manufacturing company. Touring the facility, they entered a safe, bright, spacious, and clean environment where rows of CNC machines were working to produce thousands of small precision gears and mechanical components. Meeting the machinists they learned about the day-to-day operation, years of experience, and opportunities that exist. “When talking with the students, we attempt to share our enthusiasm about what we do and how rewarding a career manufacturing can be,” said Robert Kufner, CEO and President of Designatronics. “Most young people don’t realize the numerous opportunities that are available to them as they increase their skill level, with the willingness to learn various paths open for advancement.”

Last month SDP/SI joined Oerlikon Metco, another local manufacturer, in presenting an interactive program to Nassau County Boces Schools via ZOOM. Creating a video specifically for the event SDP/SI was able to tell their story and focus on what is offered today’s manufacturing employees such as better wages and benefits, growth opportunities, clean and safe working conditions, apprenticeship programs, college tuition reimbursement, and so much more. Tours of the facilities, interviews with machinists on the shop floor, and question and answer sessions were included. “Perhaps manufacturing is not your first choice as a career path, but do you have a Plan B,” Kufner asked. “We are excited about the future of manufacturing and by sharing our experiences we hope to spark interest in choosing manufacturing as a viable career.”

SDP/SI products are available with a wide range of standard features for easy integration intended for robotics and industrial automation applications. To cover any system requirements SDP/SI offers Integrated Motor Drive Controllers, DC Motors, Gearheads, AGV Gear Motors and a wide range of AGV accessories:  such as optical flow sensor, magnetic track following sensor, and controller network communication options.

About Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI) a Designatronics company

SDP/SI, ISO 9001:2015 + AS9100D certified, offers custom mechanical based design, engineering and manufacturing services for critical motion control and small power transmission applications, including aerospace, medical, defense, robotics, recreational and industrial automation. Over 87,000 standard inch and metric small mechanical components are available for fast turnaround. SDP/SI specializes in high-quality machined parts, molded components, synchronous belt drives, precision gears and subassemblies. For more information go to: