Students will tour foundries, pattern shops and metal-casting facilities throughout the area on Tuesday, Feb. 12, as part of the West Michigan chapter of the American Foundry Society's annual Student Night. They will also tour Muskegon Community College’s campus and its metal casting technology unit.
During the event, the chapter's members will award students with scholarship money and provide details about assistance for pursuing post-secondary education.
Cortney VanOeffelen, president of Van Hydraulics in Conklin, said local companies have opened their doors to allow students and parents to see what they do and to hopefully keep work in West Michigan.
“(They will) see what goes on behind the scenes,” said VanOeffelen, secretary of the foundry society board.
Andy Scherf, who works in purchasing at Casting Technologies Co. in Fruitport, said many people have the connotation that foundry work is dirty. But it isn’t always the case, he said, because there are jobs on the floor and office.
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