Electronics, Robotics, and Automation …

ERA students
ERA students

Four of the students in the college’s Electronics, Robotics, and Automation (ERA) program have formed a bond that will carry them through the coming year (or two) as they train for employment.

Each of the four comes from a different background but all are optimistic about a successful job hunt in their field. The four, Nick Walker, Darrell Delph, Gabriel Lopossa, and Paul Pullman, are first and second year students who share a common outlook and purpose.

“Automation and the electronics behind it will offer a lot of jobs,” said Delph, a 1990 Olympia High School grad. Delph has a long history of working different jobs, mostly in the trades.

“I see this (ERA) as adding another skill set. I can build almost anything when it comes to housing and this program makes sense. I’ll be able to do more. This program covers the systems I want to know. One thing I really like about this program (he’s in his second year) is that it’s hands-on. We’re doing things in labs that people already working in the field are doing. That’s important, it’s great training.”

Then there’s the issue of jobs. “There’s no doubt in my mind that getting a job will not be a problem,” Pullman, a Tumwater High School graduate who is in his first year in the ERA program, said. “Intel is building new plants and they will need people. Intel will be looking for people to fill their plants. Centralia College has a partnership with Intel and when they hire, we’ll be ready.”

Pullman was a Running Start student and attended New Market Skills Center where he got his first look at robotics. After high school he had had enough schooling and felt it was time to take a break and went on a church mission to Mexico for two years. When he returned he looked to his passion in robotics as a logical career path.

“It’s something that stuck with me. I had heard about the (ERA) program at Centralia College. People were saying good things about it,” Pullman said. “And I think there are going to be good jobs.”

Gabriel Lopossa and Pullman were close friends. “Paul came to me on a Friday and said we were going to school on Monday (the first day of fall quarter classes at Centralia College). That looked like the best of the options available so the two enrolled.

Lopossa had been trying to get a job as a music teacher but things were not opening up. “I know things will turn around for me in (ERA). It looks like so many things are and will be automated. This will be a great skill to have,” said Lopossa. “The jobs will be there and we will be making money.”

Walker is a 2002 WF West High School graduate. He agrees that companies, such as Intel, will continue hiring. He reflected that Intel is putting money into new facilities in Oregon and other states and will continue to hire people to work in them.

“I’ve taken computer and some other classes. I have a broad base education and have a broad spectrum of skills. I have eight months until I need to have a job. I’m not too worried.”

Meanwhile, the four, along with other first and second year ERA students will be getting a closer look at the robotic arm (in the photo on page 25) that will be used as a standard training tool. The arm is a relative new-comer to the college and requires certification before it becomes functional. That certification is expected to come soon. The robotic arm was donated by Cardinal Glass.

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  1. I’m in accord with Anon above.

  2. So all the people uninployed today are unprofitibul,When no one works to make a wage to buy the product made by robots.
    What you sould be building is machines that people operate one on one. like a meck in a factory.When automation replaces people in a factory there sould be an hourly TAX put on it to pay for the retraining of the people.The problem with your quite little story is that for a simpeler time you did not need money as much as now.People do very little for themselves and forgotten how to find there way in this ever to fast, and frightening evolution of the machine propeled by greed.Look at the worlds economy for the way it traps the poor with no way out and being unprofitibul to feed the fat WAR PIG.This war pig devours 67% of Americas GDP and that is why america is going down the tubes.

  3. For the sake of a tl;dr I will use a parable.
    A certain aspiring man hired many laborers to manually till his field. The many laborers were costly but worked hard. When the fiscal year ended, the man’s profit was small. The aspiring man desired to increase his profit, so he purchased oxen and wooden plows and laid off many of the laborers.
    Some of those laborers became carpenters. Some of those laborers became ranchers. Some of those laborers did nothing to progress and became unprofitable. Some of those laborers went to school and some of them learned how to plow.
    The aspiring man hired the laborers who could operate the plows, and his profit increased by many fold. As he profited; he purchased more land, and he purchased more wooden plows, and he purchased more oxen, and more men went to school to learn how to plow.

    Now add the element of competition and the law of supply and demand.
    ie; prices are lower due to competition, supply is greater than demand because of automation: so prices are yet again lowered.
    The carpenters become wealthier, the ranchers become wealthier, the schools become wealthier, and laborers who can operate the plows become wealthier.

    So we can see how it is that the aspiring man increased the wealth of everyone – the unprofitable laborers aside – by increasing his business’ efficiency through the use of better technology (automation).

    What do you think?

  4. Automation has caused mass unemployment in non hazardous environments at factories and soon take over trucking.
    Ok here is the problem,people need money to buy,work and live in the world. How can we do this if most of the work, jobs that make products are automated.You see no one hardly at all can help the economy if most of the workers are robots.
    This makes man obsolite and now is to replaced thanks to corporations that have AI ARE PEOPLE TOO. Indeed this is the beast.

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