Tyler Keim graduated with an Associate Degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology in May 2021. He was born and raised in Troy, Missouri. Tyler was diagnosed with a profound hearing loss when he was a toddler and received a cochlear implant at the age of three. Tyler says, “I have always been interested in computers, technology, and the skilled trades, so I looked at what careers fit my goals. That’s when I found the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program at the Ranken Technical College Wentzville campus.”
J.C. Owen, Advanced Machining Department Chair and Instructor, tells us “I remember meeting Tyler Keim during an Open House event. He displayed a strong interest in an Advanced Precision Machining Technology career.” Despite his challenges, Tyler persevered and overcame obstacles without complaint. “He displayed the true definition of commitment, dedication, and enthusiasm. It was my pleasure to work with Tyler and develop a relationship with such an outstanding student. How fortunate Elite Tool is to have such a devoted student of manufacturing be a part of their team.”
Tyler elected to participate in Ranken’s Advanced Precision Machining internship program and was hired by Elite Tool, an established lean contract manufacturer serving aerospace, commercial, and government/defense industry. Tyler says, “I was hired part-time at Elite Tool in Moscow Mills while still attending classes, [upon graduation] I was hired full-time as a CNC Operator for a great company and would not have gotten here without the training I received at Ranken.”
Jon Zierenberg, Plant Manager at Elite Tool, explains “Tyler Keim has a great attitude and always gives 110% at anything he does. He also has great work ethic, always on time and ready to go at his shift start. I feel he has been a great addition to our team here at Elite Tool.”
Tyler’s grandfather and two uncles graduated from Ranken in Saint Louis.