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66 SMT007 MAGAZINE I NOVEMBER 2023 they do, and valuable advice for others looking at manufacturing as a career. Something I found very interesting was IPS's long-term partnerships with the local high schools, trade schools, and colleges. Mike Brask, president of IPS, says this is not only good for the community, but part of his com- pany's core values. He introduced me to sev- eral young employees, part of the next gener- ation of manufacturing professionals poised to make their mark. Meet Caleb Aagard Caleb Aagard is a local high school student and the youngest intern at IPS. Caleb found this opportunity at IPS through his high school's Feature Article by Barry Matties I-CONNECT007 As the workforce continues shiing to the next generation—with a noticeable lack of appeal toward manufacturing careers—it's even more important to share the voices of those who have chosen to work in manufac- turing. We believe that raising awareness will inspire others to consider manufacturing as the strong and viable career path that it is. I recently visited IPS in Cedar City, Utah, which has been manufacturing wet process equipment for printed circuit board fabrica- tion for more than 30 years. While there, I con- ducted candid one-on-one interviews with several of the team members. ey shared their views on manufacturing, their roles and challenges, their burgeoning passion for what Meet the New Workforce at IPS

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