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PSU Manufacturing Seminar Draws Worldwide Attention

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About 40 people from across the world are taking part in a casting institute at Pitt State's Technology Center.  Casting involves an object being made with wax, then ceramic, and finally molten metal.

A 1,600 degree oven seems to be part of a hot industry.

"This industry is flying," says Dermot Keogh.  "It's not going anywhere for a long time."

Keogh is from an area near Dublin, Ireland. 

"I'm going to Australia for six months," says Dalton Hendren, a Pitt State student from Neveda, Missouri, getting ready for that overseas internship.  It'll be experience with an aerospace company using a manufacturing method that unites workers, no matter where they call home.

"We can fill holes and stuff and castings that otherwise couldn't be machined out," says Hendren.

Pop open a beer or soda with bottle openers Hendren made, which will be broken apart later.  What goes well with a beverage?

"The most interesting thing I've made is a pizza cutter, which you see.  There was a lot of hard work that went into it," says Hendren.

"I work for the medical device branch of Johnson & Johnson," says Keogh.  "We make knees and hips."

Keogh and Hendren can learn about each other's jobs.  Whatever is made, the goal is to never stop learning how to make it well.

"A lot of the theory of why we do what we do is something you can lose sight of.  It's good to reinforce that," says Keogh.

Industry experts say Pitt State is the only educational institution in the nation that teaches this type of complete casting process. 

"We're always refining the industry, bringing new materials to the market," says Keogh.

...It means more seminars like this one at PSU.  But for now, Hendren is ready to fly, telling us "Start making some money!"

Singapore, Italy, and Austria are also being represented at this seminar that ends tomorrow.

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