[Princeton, WV, May 10] Conn-Weld Industries, LLC has partnered with Explore the New Manufacturing to further education in manufacturing. As part of this initiative, Conn-Weld participated in a Manufacturing Innovation Challenge (MIT) with Fayette Institute of Technology (FIT), a program of Explore the New Manufacturing where high school teams solve real-world manufacturing problems. On April 12, via virtual classroom, Conn-Weld presented students, Joel Banks, Jacob Cooper, Aidan Cox, Corey Mitchell, Logan Pack, Justin Pettit, Hunter Richardson, Jacob Talbert, Bryce Tucker, and Matthew Walker, of Scott McDaniel’s Pre-Engineering class with a challenge pertaining to product quality control. Three samples of profile wire screen panels were sent prior to the class. The high schoolers were to choose the correct sample based on the required specifications provided. During the class, Vice President of Engineering, Anthony Fink explained how choosing to remain in WV has proven beneficial to his career. He also offered sound advice to students stating, “you have to marry yesterday’s experience with today’s technology”. Stephen Collins, a 13-year employee, talked about starting his career at Conn-Weld right out of high school. Finally, President Marvin Woodie, discussed the various applications of the product the students were to inspect and the importance of quality control. In addition, he remarked how an engineer has had a hand in designing everything they see around them, further stating, “there has to be people that can convert design into product.” Marvin went on to say there is an urgent need for people with technical training to fill these positions such as welders, fabricators, CNC operators, and machinists. Each of the students then introduced themselves sharing their future goals.