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Indian Creek students get up-close look at engineering at TIMET

WINTERSVILLE — Some Indian Creek High School students are getting a close look at the engineering process through a shadow program at TIMET Metals Corp.

Six pupils in Barbara Turner’s engineering class toured the Toronto facility on March 18 and 23 and April 1 to view the production process and gain an understanding about the business. Turner said students have taken part in the past, except for last year due to the COVID pandemic, but this time Cy Long-Fouty, Ethan Zifzal, Gage Swearingen, Matthew Hope, Pierce Pietro and Sydney Emery got to visit the site.

“They spent half of the day with an engineer. The whole purpose is to help them understand what engineers do, at least in the titanium industry,” she added. “It was pretty eye-opening.”

She thanked TIMET for the opportunity and hopes to continue the venture for years to come.

Several students said they enjoyed the experience and learned a lot from shadowing at the facility.

“It was pretty fun and you learn what goes on inside the facility,” said Long-Fouty, who is interested in computer engineering. “I walked around each of the facilities to see what they were working on and saw what the meetings are like. You see what goes on and it’s enlightening.”

“I liked seeing the process and how they make the titanium,” added Hope, who plans to attend the University of Akron to study civil engineering. “I’ve always had an interest in it and like creating infrastructures and making things work.”

Swearingen echoed those comments and said he learned the entire process from making to selling the titanium materials.

“I liked touring the facility and seeing how everything is processed and made to be sold to the community for use,” he added, and recommended the program to other students.

For his part, Swearingen plans to attend the University of Akron but will study computer engineering.

Emery was enlightened about the uses for titanium in addition to how it is produced.

“I liked the process of making the titanium and the use for airplanes. I didn’t know titanium could take so many forms,” she said and also recommended the program to others.

While she has an interest in engineering, Emery said she hopes to become a radiologist.

Shannon Hull, senior human resources generalist for TIMET, said the program is now in its third year and typically six students are invited annually to learn more.

“This program is to encourage students who have an interest in engineering to see a ‘day in the life’ of an engineer,” Hull said. “We wish to encourage area students to pursue STEM careers.”

Hull added that students accompany an engineer to learn about their day-to-day activities and also tour the plant while TIMET also provides a meal for lunch. She hopes the program will spur interest in the field and even inspire a student to work at the company in the future.

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