High School Student Receives Internship at Price Engineering Through NFPA Student Career Connections Program

Matthew Buth. High school student at Hartland Arrowhead in Wisconsin. He’s smart and he’s funny and he loves working as an intern at NFPA member company, Price Engineering. Matthew attended an NFPA Student Career Connections event at Price and became an intern there through the event.

This is a quick overview of the half-day program:

  • Students and teachers from local middle or high schools tour an NFPA member company
  • A member from that company speaks to students about careers, what a day in the life is like, how to get into the industry, etc.
  • Members work with students to put together a basic fluid power classroom kit
  • Lunch is provided by member company if time allows
  • The schedule can be adjusted to fit whatever time and resources a company has

Matthew started at Price working on filing testing sheets in the computer and also concentrated on updating the SDS sheets for the chemicals on site.  Matthew is the head of Safety for the Robotics Program at Hartland Arrowhead next school year and is getting the SDS sheets together for that as well.

Matthew’s favorite part of working at Price is the culture there. He doesn’t just sit at a desk and work; he gets to interact with so many different employees and learn about their jobs and about fluid power. He also gets to play basketball with co-workers at break time! Bill Grunze, Matthew’s supervisor, said that Matthew brings a new perspective to anyone he works with. Teri Shaver, Project Manager at Price, said that it is a joy to work with Matthew for that very reason.

Hartland Arrowhead High School has a class called Technology and Engineering Practicum and Youth Apprenticeship.  The class is for students to engage themselves in the technical work environment through internships and job shadowing.  The students are released during school to work with this program. Matthew will be continuing with Price through this program.

For more information on how to host a Student Career Connections event at your company, contact Lynn Beyer, lbeyer@nfpa.com, (414) 778-3364. Lynn will also work to find a school in your area to connect with.

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