What kid hasn't tried to build a robot with a cardboard box, miscellaneous wires and an old calculator?
Industrial Control Repair is trying to capitalize on that fascination by opening up a Learning Institute to help students start a career in robotics.
The school will give students a hands-on opportunity to learn about robotics in actual professional situations. Students will get a foot in the door of an industry that has become integrated with everything from manufacturing to medicine and hazardous waster removal.
"We believe in helping people gain the skills necessary to be successful in their career and prepare for future demands on the workforce," says Cindy Lang, the director of the Learning Institute.
It also helps that the Warren-based company, formed in 92, is enjoying quite a bit of success that makes this possible. The robotics company has grown from about $10 million in revenues in 2002 to $32 million last year. It hopes to bump up those revenues a few more million this year, too.
More jobs have come with that growth --to the tune of 145 people. ICP expects to add another dozen positions by the end of the year.
"The company has almost tripled in size," says Larry Obermesik, vice president of IT for Industrial Control Repair. "Itís been crazy."
Source: Larry Obermesik, vice president of IT for Industrial Control Repair
Writer: Jon Zemke