Students in the advanced manufacturing and engineering program at the Wayne Technical and Career Center recently toured Harris Communication Systems in Rochester.
The Operations Center on Jefferson Road builds, tests and ships military and public safety radios to customers in over 100 countries. Karen Flint, security administration, coordinated the tour. The WTCC program instructors are Jason Johnston, Kelly Paladino and Keith Rotach.
Students started the tour at the observation deck, where they heard an overview of the company and the communication systems products. Students were divided into three groups led by Todd Caracci, manufacturing engineer; Tony DiVasta, senior manager, project management; and Matt Klosner, senior manager, manufacturing engineering.
The tour stopped by the Pioneer Station, SMT, ME Lab, Liberty Smart Station, Stockroom Carousel and ESS testing. In the afternoon, students examined various circuit boards and watched videos demonstrating the durability of Harris Communication Systems products.
Alexa Crescent, human resource business partner, talked to the students about the company’s hiring process, pay scales with various education, how to prepare for an interview, tuition reimbursement, vacation and holiday benefits, matching retirement funds, and casual dress days. Her talk stressed the importance of internships while in college.
Crescent, who participated in the cosmetology program at WTCC, discussed her own path to becoming a HR manager that started at Gananda High School and continued to Monroe Community College, The College at Brockport and the University of Rochester.