Catching Up With…Ethan Rhodes-O’Brien, Class of ’15 and Joseph Kruba, Class of ‘18
Ethan and Joseph both came by CPAVTS to visit instructor, Mr. Fogleman in the Precision Machine Classroom. Needless to say, we wasted no amount of time asking them to fill out our Alumni questionnaire.
Describe the company or industry in which you currently work.
“I started working for the railroad machining industry after high school, at a company called Amsted Rail. I am currently pursing my bachelor’s degree at Central Penn College.”-Ethan
“I work for Ames Industries, a plastic injection molding company.”- Joseph
What is your job title and what do you do?
“I was a CNC Operator at Amsted Rail. I operated machines that made parts for rail car coupler cushioning units.”
“Toolmaker- I make and condition injection molds.”
What additional education and training did you receive after leaving CPAVTS?
“I am currently pursing higher education at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. I believe I was well prepared by CPAVTS.”
“I am learning the trade of a toolmaker via an apprenticeship. CPAVTS prepared me for this by learning the basics.”
How was Cumberland Perry different than your regular high school?
“Cumberland Perry was a more hands on learning environment. It allowed me the opportunity to learn a useful skill.”
“I was able to choose the trade I wanted to learn and the work was hands-on.”
How has your industry changed since you time at Cumberland Perry?
“There is more emphasis on automation, learn mfg., integration of additive mfg. technologies.”
“Technology continues to improve as well as the need for people to learn the new tech.”
What is your favorite CPAVTS memory?
“Graduating and feeling a sense of accomplishment.”
“When I was able to finish my NIMS part in time for it to count for graduation.”