Students gather around a presenter at a Somero manufacturing center in the Upper Peninsula. Students stand with their backs to the camera as a man speaks in front of them.

Talent Tour at Somero

On December 3, 2019, Michigan Works! facilitated a Talent Tour with Somero Enterprises, Inc. in Houghton, Michigan. Students from the Copper Country Intermediate School District’s Welding and Construction classes were in attendance to learn more about the company, its processes, and its history.

The students participating in this Talent tour were able to watch nearly all of the steps in the manufacturing process in action, including sanding, painting, drying, robotics, packaging, and administration.

Students left this tour with a prospective path to employment. Somero accepts applicants from all backgrounds and offers on-the-job training for some of the positions they’re looking to fill, and, therefore, students who are interested may choose a wide variety of options to become an employee of Somero. Representatives from Somero also talked about the benefits of having a construction and masonry background, welding experience, CNC/CMM operating experience, customer service experience, and more in terms of gaining employment with them in the future.

This was a capstone experience for the ISD students since many of them had already been on tours through local manufacturing suppliers that Somero utilizes. It provided a visual of how it all comes together to build a machine, and how local companies work together to produce products and generate millions of dollars in revenue.

After this event, students will continue to explore skilled trades pathways and work with their teachers to build skill sets that will transfer to local manufacturing companies.