Engaging The Next Generation of Local Manufacturers

Jul 4, 2022

At Monroe Truck Equipment, we are proud to be a leading employer in the Monroe area and provide challenging, engaging and rewarding careers for our community members. As a member of the Monroe community, part of our role is to encourage the next generation of young students to develop interest in the trades. Check out a few ways we’ve been reaching out to students below:

Career Day at Monroe Middle School

Monroe Truck Equipment was honored to attend the Monroe Middle School Career Day in Monroe, WI. Shawn Hayden, Weld Supervisor, and Shawn Danzinger, Engineering Product Manager, talked to over 50 students who had the chance to hear what it is like to be a welder or an engineer. Students got to learn first hand about daily tasks, goals, and how each team member comes together to create something important for our customers. 

“It went great,” said Monroe Middle School Counselor Libby Struntz. “It is so helpful for kids to hear from people who are actually in these careers. When I came into the room to take a picture of Shawn Hayden, I heard him telling students about how much he uses math in his day-to-day work as a welder. Hearing from “real people” rather than just their teachers makes such a difference for students!”


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Facility Tours for High Schoolers 

After the Middle School Career Day event, our team also hosted 28 students from New Glarus High School’s metal, fabrication and engineering classes. They were given a tour of our facilities and talked to different team members about their role in the organization. 

The students were given an overview of the company by Jeff Helgesen, VP of Municipal Operations and then Dan Nommensen, Director of Municipal Engineering, spoke to them about the engineering area. Students then took a tour of our main campus manufacturing facility led by Shawn Hayden, Weld Supervisor, Jim Rohde, Front End Lead, Jasmine Schiller, Front End Production Clerk and Jim Hicks, Assembly Supervisor.

The students then loaded onto their bus for a quick trip across the street to our Commercial upfit facility. There they learned about the full cycle of business; quoting, selling, scheduling, purchasing parts, building the truck and then servicing customers through warranty. Bob Smith, Commercial Inside Sales Manager, Carl Huschitt, Director of Commercial Supply Chain, Tracy Lange, Commercial TE Planner and Dale Malone, Municipal Warranty all presented with Bill Rufi leading the shop tours.


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New Apprenticeship Program

In addition to all the great tours we’ve been hosting, we are excited to announce our new apprenticeship program. We have teamed up with the Northeast Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship (NEWYA) program to find local high school juniors or seniors to work with us during the summer and throughout next school year. Students will earn high school credit and further their knowledge in the manufacturing trade, and have a place to start their career post-graduation!  

Engaging Youth and Supporting Our Community

We always enjoy spending time with the next generation of manufacturers and encouraging them to explore the skills building knowledge that they can use throughout their lives. To learn more about how we give back to our communities, visit our website at https://insights.monroetruck.com/community