CAT Brandywine Graduate Inspires Current TCHS Brandywine Students
Downingtown, PA - When Kyle Miller graduated from CAT Brandywine in 2003, his career path was obvious to him. As a student in the Engine Technology program, he attended the Universal Technical Institute in Exton immediately after graduation and then worked in the automotive repair industry for five years. However, he didn't feel like the career was the right fit for him.
While trying to determine his next career steps, he learned about a company called Acero Precision, then located in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. After learning more about the company, he applied for a job and has been working for the company for the past six years, steadily taking on more responsibility. He was recently promoted to manufacturing engineer manager where he manages a cluster of 7 precision machines and the team who operates them. "I like being able to take a blueprint, a piece of paper, and turn it into something real that helps people" said Miller during a presentation to TCHS Brandywine students on Wednesday, February 18.
Acero Precision manufactures high-precision components for motorsport, analytical and diagnostic instruments, industry and medical devices. Founded in 1985 by Michael and Joanne Fitzerald, Acero began from nothing but a dream growing out of the Fitzerald's interest in auto racing. Today the company is located in a 100,000 square foot facility located in East Goshen Township located in West Chester.
On the shop floor, the Acero team manufactures items that make a huge difference in people's lives. Miller and his co-workers brought some examples of the medical implants and screws that the company makes for use in spinal and back surgeries to the presentation. Precision manufacturing of medical devices now account for half of Acero's business. "We make a difference that doesn't end on the shop floor," said Tanna Wagner, Acero Workforce Development Specialist. Everything that we produce is bigger than us. It goes beyond us.'
Miller credited his education at CAT Brandywine and his Engine Technology instructor Gary Deterk with assisting him in his success. Deterk taught the basic hands-on skills that Miller uses every day in his job. While a student, he also learned strong work ethics, interpersonal skills and other applicable proficiencies that are directly transferable to the workplace - any workplace. "It's important to keep your options open and don't get too down on yourself," said Miller. "The skills you learn at this school give you a lot of options. You just have to think creatively about them."
Focusing on transferable skills, Miller and Wagner both encouraged students to make the most of their time at TCHS Brandywine and the opportunities the school offers. "Your future is a big thing to think about," said Wagner. "Obtain as many experiences as you can while you are here and use the school to its full potential. You have an astounding facility."
Photo Caption 1: CAT Brandywine graduate Kyle Miller speaks to TCHS Brandywine Auto Collision and Auto Service Technology students about his work at Acero Precision.
Photo Caption 2: Tanna Wagner (Acero workforce development specialist), Kyle Miller (manufacturing engineer manager) and Paulina Stawarz (recruiting coordinator) spoke to TCHS Brandywine students about making the most of their education, transferable workplace skills and current job openings at Acero Precision.
About TCHS Brandywine Campus: The Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine Campus is a public career and technical education high school operated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Its career and technical programs are high-priority occupations, aligned to Pennsylvania State Standards and national industry certifications. TCHS Brandywine serves students in the Coatesville Area, Downingtown Area and West Chester Area school districts, and Bishop Shanahan High School. For more information, visit www.technicalcollegehighschool.org.
Andrea L. Gomez
Communications Specialist | Chester County Intermediate Unit
455 Boot Road | Downingtown, PA 19335
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