MetalTek International Fund for Metals Processing Technology established at UW-Platteville

October 9, 2013

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Metals program, industrial studies department

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — MetalTek International recently established the Metaltek International Fund for Metals Processing Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The fund commits $25,000 each year for the next five years to be used by the Metals Processing Technology program.

MetalTek International, based in Waukesha, Wis., is a worldwide leader in the supply of engineered alloy components for high temperature, severe wear, or harsh corrosive environments. Operating from 10 global facilities, MetalTek offers diverse and robust metalworking capabilities, and is the world leader in centrifugal casting technology.

MetalTek created the fund with the goal of supporting a new metals laboratory coordinator position for the metals program in the industrial studies department. “We are looking for someone with a diverse skill set who can work with a variety of machines in our metals laboratory,” said Dr. Kyle Metzloff, professor of industrial studies. “The Lab Coordinator will work with students directly in the laboratories to provide more hands-on training. We will be hiring somebody within the next month to fill the position.”

“We encourage students with mechanical or industrial engineering majors to take a minor in our metals processing area and gain hands-on experience because of the strong employment opportunities that combination will provide. Having a lab assistant in the metals laboratory will be very beneficial for students to gain skills essential for the metalcasting process. We also hope to expand our centrifugal casting capabilities once we are able to have another person on staff.”

“We have a long history with MetalTek,” said Metzloff. “UW-Platteville graduates have completed internships with the company and have gone on to full employment there. MetalTek appreciates that students from the manufacturing technology-metals processing program at UW-Platteville bring mechanical aptitude and a good work ethic. Often times, UW-Platteville students are far ahead of others who do not have the hands-on experience that they gain here.”

Students involved in the metals program at UW-Platteville can gain hands-on experience through extensive lab classes, internships and participation in the student chapter of the American Foundry Society.  The AFS club provides students with opportunities to learn about the industry and interface with professionals. Touring MetalTek facilities has been a past activity of the AFS club. Currently, the industrial studies department is working with MetalTek to formalize other internship programs as well as additional collaboration possibilities.

Written by: Ethan Giebel, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications,
(608) 342-1194, giebele@uwplatt.edu

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