This is the third in a multi-part series on the Sedalia FIT Program. Established last year, the internship program provides juniors and seniors from Smith-Cotton and Sacred Heart high schools the opportunity to learn from mentors in area businesses and industries.
They say “timing is everything,” and knowing that and understanding when and where the appropriate time to ask questions is an important skill to be mastered by people of any age.
Sacred Heart junior Ty Wissam found those lessons to be very important during his Sedalia FIT internship at 8760 Service Group this April.
“My week here has helped me to become a better welder,” Wissam said April 30. “I have learned a lot and I wouldn’t have known about this business and this opportunity without the internship program.
“I’m glad I started my internship this year and found the 8760 Group because this will help me so much with everything in my future plans,” Wissam added. “It’s been a really great week and I would like to see if there are opportunities to continue here during the summer with an internship.”
Wissam has attended State Fair Community College’s Career and Technical Center, participating in the welding program throughout his junior year and plans to return to the college to complete his certification during his senior year at Sacred Heart.
“There is a lot more to welding than just being able to weld,” Wissam said. “There are a lot of specialized types of welding that are more advanced and I have learned a lot about some of those this week.
“I understand the importance of math in the process and I’ve worked a lot with reading blueprints since I’ve been here,” Wissam added. “There are a lot of opportunities available here if you understand the work that is needed in those areas.”
According to Lane Ebers of 8760 Service Group, the company specializes in energy, electrical, bio-fuel, power plant industrial and food and beverage maintenance and new construction, among other services.
“We are a multi-faceted company but we specialize in piping,” Ebers said. “There are so many different pressures in piping and detailed components that our employees receive a great deal of detailed training.
“We require a good foundation in our employees but we know there is a lot of additional specialized training and certifications that our employees complete as well,” Ebers added. “What our employees do is a craft but it also an art form.”
Ebers commented that 8760 Service Group provided the opportunities for additional training for their employees, adding that there is a definite career path within the company for their employees.
8760 Service Group employs 44 individuals who are all local residents and it will soon open new facilities in the Thompson Industrial Park, which will lead to additional job openings.
“If Ty learns the trade he can work for life,” Dominic Prater, an employee at the company, said. “Ty is a real cool kid and I’m glad he came here so he can see how and what we do and get some hands-on training and see there is a lot more to what we do than pipes.”
Wissam spent part of his week working with Prater and said he feels he benefited a great deal from the hands-on experience he received during his FIT internship.
“This has been a great program,” Wissam said. “I plan on going to State Fair to get my degree and then I would like to come here and see if I could work for a few years here and then I would like to see about maybe doing some pipeline work.”
While Wissam may have to wait a few years for his job on the pipeline, the opportunity to work at 8760 Service Group came sooner rather than later.
During the interview with the Democrat, Wissam asked Ebers about the possibility of working at the business this summer as an intern.
“Stop by the office before you leave today,” Ebers told Wissam. “And we’ll see what we can get set up for you. I think it will be a great opportunity for us both.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484