Mellott University Mints Technicians

Oct. 02, 2015

Mellott University students on field trip to a rock crushing plant.

Caption: Mellott University students visit a rock crushing plant to learn more about their working environment. Here they look at a dump hopper at a primary crushing station.

The aggregates industry is challenged by the apparent shortage of qualified people to work on rock crushers. To remedy this situation, Mellott University (MU) currently offers a program to prepare students for careers as service technicians and plant operators in the  industry. Eight students are enrolled in this inaugural class: three students from Fulton County Vocational-Technical (Vo-Tech) School, Waylon Ray, Dylan Everts, and Gaven Barnhart; new Mellott Company hires Jordan Phillips and Zach Arentz, and; current full-time employees Jacob Buchanan, Adam Rippeon, and Wendall Chamberlain, to participate in the two-semester program over the next nine-months. Each day, the students will attend class for two hours and then attend “hands-on” training for an additional two hours to six hours in the Mellott Company service and fabrication shops . 

The curriculum includes visits to local quarry operations as well as learning from experienced aggregate industry professionals.  The first graduating class will be led by Senior Instructor Ed DeShong, a 40-year-veteran of Mellott Company.  Ram Patel, Executive Vice President of Organizational Development, has developed a comprehensive 30-week-curriculum, which includes relevant topics, such as: shop practices and skills; “Pit & Quarry” University courses on the aggregates industry; Metso® E-learning; reading mechanical drawings and schematics, and classes in hydraulics, electricals, and mechanics.

To complete the program, Mellott Company plans on utilizing internal subject-matter experts, as well as trainers from accredited schools,.  The unique part of the university concept is that Mellott Company is partnering with Fulton County Vo-tech. to offer a Diversified Program whereby students can get industry specific training while completing their senior year in High School.  In addition to Mellott’s already extensive partnership with local schools, this concept gives students access to local careers that builds economic support for the community in addition to long-term career growth for the students and Mellott Company.  We are proud to offer Mellott University as a viable solution for the future workforce of the aggregates Industry, Mellott Company, and our Community.  This first class of Mellott University will be complete in the spring of 2016. The company plans to continue, with another class in the fall of 2016. The company also expects to further develop the curriculum. 



Pictured below:  Students of Mellott University on a visit to the Warfordsburg Quarry Operations. 

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