There is a critical shortage of industrial technicians in the workforce. Employers are partnering with Ranken to help build their pipeline of skilled workers. Earning potential for occupations in this industry is limited only by your desire to learn. Career path opportunities into supervision and management, or entrepreneurship are endless. It is a multi-skill, multi-craft profession which provides a lot of flexibility to advance your career.

Jeffery Scott graduated Cum Laude from Ranken’s Industrial Technology program in December 2006. He can attest to opportunities in this field. Following graduation, Jeff dove in to working for local industry. One job search led him to John Henry Foster, the largest, full-service pneumatic and hydraulic equipment distributor in the Midwest, where he was an Air Service Technician. In 2008, Jeff joined the ranks of Ranken faculty for the next ten years, teaching Industrial Mechanical Systems in the Industrial Technology program. He is currently a Training Supervisor for Ameren, a Fortune 500 company that powers the quality of life for millions of people throughout Illinois and Missouri.

Greg Presley, Industrial Technology Department Chair and instructor, explains “Jeff Scott was an outstanding student with an eye for detail and the desire and drive to accomplish any task at the highest level. When Tim Hessel, former Industrial Electrical instructor, asked  if I could refer a student to assemble and mount electric brakes for his motor shop, I immediately said ‘Jeff Scott.’ Being that Mr. Hessel was extremely attentive to the aesthetic and functionality of every electric device installed in his shop, Jeff was the only student up for the task. After the install was complete, Mr. Hessel not only complimented Jeff, but found more work for him to do. He was the only student worker I ever heard Mr. Hessel brag about.”

Jeff expressed the impact that Ranken has had on his career, “Ranken is a great place to be from! My work life is a direct result of what I learned both as a student and as a teacher at Ranken.” In 2011, Jeff received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

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