Dominion Technologies Group, Incorporated, of Roseville, Michigan is one of the world's leading suppliers of final line tooling and equipment for the automobile manufacturing industry.
Their capabilities encompass systems planning and design, manufacturing, installation, and support; and offer a wide range of systems critical to final automobile assembly and other types of manufacturing including Tire and Wheel Solutions, Powertrain Solutions, Fluid Solutions, End-of-Line Solutions, Material Handling Solutions, and Packaging Solutions.
Dominion is also one of the forward-thinking Macomb County, Michigan, businesses that joined forces to partner with the SME Education Foundation to develop an SME PRIME school program at Fraser High School in Fraser, Michigan.
SME PRIME Schools build a collaborative network of students, educators and industry professionals to provide high school students with advanced manufacturing career pathways, inspiring and informing their interest and awareness in manufacturing. The national program provides students with practical experience, knowledge and skills using state-of-the-art technology and equipment while allowing companies to support the career direction of youth through mentoring, internships and job shadowing.
Doug Doyle, General Manager, said that Dominion has been aware of the need to meet talent needs both now and in the future. “We’d been looking at different avenues to recruit; to acquire talent. We’re experiencing skill gaps in all areas of or business.”
Through conversations with the SME Education Foundation, and also Brent Brasure, Career & Technical Education Director at Fraser Schools, Dominion became interested in the possibilities of working with a local SME PRIME school – a school also interested in Dominion’s input as its curriculum was designed.
The SME PRIME program at Fraser benefits Dominion and other area manufacturers even as an opportunity is created for students. “Because of our aging workforce, we have a lot of experience and knowledge on the shop floor to share; to pass on to young people,” said Dan St. Croix, Controls Manufacturing Manager.
The opportunities are unlimited, notes Doyle: “We’re an integrated organization, so young people can cross train; investigate what interests them; learn about fabrication and wiring; programmable logic controllers and mechatronics. There is as much opportunity here as a bright young person can take advantage of.”