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Manufacturing Career$- No College Debt Required

Posted October 01, 2013 8:00 AM by Milo
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I met Sam Passenger at Detroit Gun Works open house earlier this month. I was impressed as he walked me through the computer model of the part they were making. As he then showed me on the monitor the toll path step by step. As he described to me how he integrated the robotic arm into the machining operations.

When I asked him where he learned all this - what college did he graduate from?- he just smiled.

Sam has no college, no college debt, and a great career- from learning as he was earning. on the job. At DGW.

Sam is the lead on integrating robots into DGW's machining operations and has his hands in just about everything going on in the shops CNC equipment.

Listen to what Sam has to say about his job in the following video:

  • "I really enjoy my creative freedom."
  • "I really enjoy getting to do what I do."
  • "I come to work- It's NOT work."
  • "It's not work- this is what I do for fun…"

Manufacturing Career$, No College Debt Required

Sam has a key role at his manufacturing company- and he enjoys it. It's not work. It's what he does for fun.

How about you? Is what you do "fun?" Do you enjoy your creative freedom? At the end of the day, are you satisfied by seeing the results of your work?

Sam Is typical of the stories of younger workers in precision machining and advanced manufacturing today. No college debt from 4 or more years of loans and classes. Skills learned as he earned.Skills valued by his employer and job he enjoys.

How about you?

For more information about a career in precision machining, checkout our career section here.

Editors note: CR4 expresses its gratitude to Milo for sharing this entry, which originally appeared here.

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10/01/2013 12:15 PM

This does not just happen.... People like Sam Passenger has to have that burning passion to learn.

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10/01/2013 12:23 PM

Sam is proof that it CAN happen.

Thanks for checking out the post.

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10/02/2013 8:42 AM

Sometimes a higher education only shortens the learning process time investements.

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10/02/2013 11:19 AM

No doubt that it takes passion to succeed. However, there are many starving artists who have plenty of passion. Passion alone is not a formula for success.

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10/02/2013 12:01 PM

Yes, I shouldn't assume that one has to THINK, which even the people who has a $100,000.00 degree in social work don't do.

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10/04/2013 9:42 PM

IMHO:

How one gets their education, is less important than the fact that they get that education. It will take him longer to get where he wants to go, but is that a bad thing? I don't think so, but then I am biased - I have traveled much the same road.

Passion? Intelligence? A desire (NEED) to learn? Hell yes, it takes all of that and more, but it does for the person that went to college as well. It's simply a matter of how you deal with life, and the choices you make along the way.

Sam Passenger will wind up years hence, being the "go to guy", for both the company, and the newbies. And he will get there by listening, learning, and making mistakes - same as everybody else in the world.

For my own part, I couldn't have avoided the work that I do if I tried, and I wouldn't want to try. The only way I can describe it, is that it is like falling into the gravity well of a black hole.

Two roads diverged in a yellow woods and I, took the one less traveled by - and that has made all the difference.

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10/04/2013 10:53 PM

I like to add, how they use that education.

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10/05/2013 12:44 PM

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