Brandon Richards

Brandon Richards

Machinist; Aggressive Grinding Service

What was your first job?


What do you do in your current role?

Shop tooling/ Fixturing and Machine building

How/why did you begin your career in manufacturing?

In highschool, I Attended Eastern Westmoreland Career and technology center  and started machining then my senior year I started co-op which is basically work release in a machine shop after graduation I continued there and went through a apprenticeship with the NTMA  and graduated a year early and was able to win the apprentice competition. This past year I was asked if I would be interested in teaching for the NTMA and started that in the spring.

What is your educational background?

Finished high school and received diploma

When you were in middle school/high school what sparked your interest in the manufacturing career pathway?

My vo-tech teacher. Bots IQ and  the opportunity to make things with my hands

What do you like most about your current position and work you are doing in manufacturing? 

Some thing new every day and the challenge.

What is the biggest thing that surprised you about manufacturing when you started working in the industry? 

That everything you use throughout your day has been manufactured in some way.

What is your #1 piece of advice for young people to prepare for a successful future?

Always keep an open mind and willingness to learn.

Why should someone consider a career in manufacturing?

You will always be able to find a job anywhere in the world and make a comfortable living.

What is something you enjoy doing outside of work?

Riding my side by side and quads

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