Andrew Dodson always had an interest in manufacturing and machining. Ranken’s reputation for an excellent education and high job placement track record inspired his attendance. He graduated in 2001 with an associate degree in Applied Science from the Precision Machining Technology Program and began working at Ultron Inc. as a Non-Destructive Testing Technician.

Andrew says, “I joined the United States Marine Corps in early 2002. My degree from Ranken allowed me to graduate from Boot Camp with an advanced rank.”

Following his service, he attended the Southern Illinois University – Carbondale School of Engineering and earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Industrial Technology. His education and experience led to his career with the Department of the Army as a civilian at the Rock Island Arsenal – Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (RIA-JMTC) located at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois. RIA-JMTC is a three million square foot, vertically integrated metal manufacturing facility. For the past 15 years, he has worked in the Methods & Standards and Process Planning divisions.

Of his role he says, “I currently supervise the Methods & Standards branch which consists of a team of Industrial Engineering Technicians. The team reviews, troubleshoots, optimizes, documents, and time studies manufacturing processes. Ranken played a key role in the successful trajectory of my career. I gained confidence in my abilities from the solid technical foundation I built at Ranken.”

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