Two local college students, J. Casey Burley and Daniel Stachelek, are currently participating in an internship program at Mechanical Rubber in Warwick. Casey, a 2014 graduate of Warwick Valley High School, is currently a senior at the University of Rhode Island where he is majoring in journalism.
Last year, a friend referred him for a job working in the plant but he was invited back this summer to work in the administrative offices. Reporting to Alisa Sherow in the Quality Department, Casey is responsible for order processing, invoicing, organization, and customer support. He hopes after graduation to work for a big magazine in New York City, where the knowledge of working in an office is sure to come in handy. In Warwick, Casey ran track and field for the Wildcats.
Dan is entering his sophomore year at Central Connecticut State University where he is majoring in mechanical engineering technology. A resident of Tuxedo, NY, Dan graduated from John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, NY in 2016. He is a power-lifter and snowboarder, who wrestled, played football and ran track in high school. He hopes to work in the Aerospace field for a big Aerospace company like Sikorsky or Northrop Grumman, so Mechanical Rubber was a great fit for him.
He began his search for internships when still in school, hoping to find something close to home, when he came upon the offering from Mechanical Rubber.
“There is a lot of in-depth work here,” said Dan. “The work with the machines is great, because I don’t plan to be sitting in an office designing.”
Dan rotates during his time at Mechanical Rubber, working in manufacturing, quality, lab, and maintenance. With the intricacies of manufacturing for the Aerospace industry, the hands-on experience should prove to be invaluable for Dan’s future and he has already asked if he can come back to the company when he’s off from school.
“I am excited to be able to offer quality hands-on experience to college students through our internship program,” said Cedric Glasper, President and CEO of Mechanical Rubber. “I’ve always been a supporter of education and believe that coupled, with work experience, internships are a great way to build a stronger workforce. We’ve been lucky to have two excellent interns this summer and look forward to the ones we’ll meet as we go forward.”
Applications for internships are available on the RESOURCES page at the company website www.mechanicalrubber.com.