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production technician, is paired with Michael, and Barry Gra , also a production technician, serves as Tyler‘s mentor.

In addition to Michael and Tyler, two current Bosch associates, Rodney Johnson and David Gilstrap, both machine operators, were selected to join the program. Rodne , an Industrial Electronics Technology major, graduated in the summer, and David, a Mechatronics major, graduated in May. Steve Cross, a production technician, is Rodney’s mentor, and Troy Crooks, also a production technician, serves as David’s mentor.

“The interview process is a mix of gauging soft skills and very technical skills. It’s meant to be rigorous. Applicants must be quick learners, work well under pressure, be able to work in teams, communicate well, and know how to resolve conflict, if necessar ,” explained Wilson.

“Bosch wants professional-level technicians, who are high performers and can move to the next level,” said Wilson. “They must have a good attitude and good work ethic, along with great technical skills. In addition to the technical t r a i n i n g , t h e y m u s t p o s s e s s t h e s o f t s k i l l s w h i c h a r e e q u a l l y a s important,” he said.

“Usuall , it takes five to six weeks to fill a technician job at Bosch,” said Wilson. “This co-op program will decrease the time it takes for us to hire because it creates a pipeline of qualified persons already pursuing a degree at Tri-County. This also ensures that we have multi-skilled candidates for the technician openings.”

“The shadowing experience is ke ,” said Gra , a 1996 Industrial Electronics Technology alumnus. “You can only do so much in labs and in class. With this experience, they can go from one department to the next, where everything is different. They get to see and experience it all before coming to work at the plant full time. This way they learn the process side and the business side. When they come out of the scholars program, they are ready to work,” said Gray.

MichaelLange ,a2013Mechatronicsgraduat ,le ,workswithhisBosch mento ,Production echnicianThomasHandy.

DavidGilstrap,le ,andRodneyJohnson,bothmachineoperator ,were selected for the Bosch Scholars Program.

“We’re getting ready-made technicians who will feel engaged r ght from the beginning, and therefore have a personal and professional investment in the company.”

~Doug ilson, Senior Associate Development Specialist at Bosch’s Anderson plant

Bosch Scholars Program Facts

  • Scholars work 40 hours a week, in addition to their evening coursework at Tri-County.

  • They are full-time, first-shift Bosch associates when they begin their training, which includes more than 300 hours of mentor training and 200 hours of classroom/lab training at Bosch.

  • After completing the four-month program and graduating from Tri-Count , they are assigned to a production department as entry-level technicians.

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