Students in Ms. Ollis’, Ms. Campbell’s, and Ms. Grise-Haney’s CTE classes took part in a presentation by Charlie Conner from the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company in recognition of Manufacturing Awareness Week.
Mr. Conner told students that the company has been a family-owned business since 1901. They make iron and plastic pipe. The company originally employed 25 men. Today, the company is the largest manufacturer of DWV pipe and fittings in the United States and operates one of the largest fittings molding facilities in the world. Their facility at Monroe has over one million square feet for extrusion and molding and the warehouse has over 625,000 square feet..
As an employer, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry has a lot to offer. Employees out of high school can expect to receive a good starting wage. There are positions for people to work with the scanners, printers, and robots that manufacture the pipe, also positions in the warehouse, and safety department.
Careers for people with the appropriate 2-year degrees include machinists, design engineering with AutoCad and other software, and maintenance associates who troubleshoot and repair the shipping and packing equipment.
The people who work at the company who have four year degrees include mechanical and electrical engineers, chemical and plastic engineers, and environmental engineers. The company also has an Information Technology department, accountants, a Human Resources department, Environmental Health and Safety personnel, and an Occupational Health Nurse.
Mr. Conner impressed upon the students how important manufacturing is to our economy and what great careers are available for young people. There will be Manufacturing Awareness Exhibit from 3-6 at SPCC on Thursday, September 27, 2018.