Western Dakota Tech highlights growing industries to students

High schoolers learn about growing industries that could be future careers

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The demand for transportation and manufacturing workers is rising, and Western Dakota Technical Institute is looking toward the future.

High schoolers participated in a camp put on Wednesday by Western Dakota Tech for a hands-on look at the manufacturing and transportation careers available to them.

Among the different demonstrations, students were able to learn about careers in computer-aided design, drafting and machining technology, and welding.

Doyle Bouzek, program director for automotive technology for Western Dakota Tech, talked about the importance of this program.

“We got several things going on here in the shop today, some of it is brakes. Some of it is engines, we’re doing some electrical in this lab,” Bouzek explained. “It’s all like Legos. We take it apart we put it back together, and we make it function. I watched the faces of some of these students; I watched their faces when that engine started. That’s how I started – you feel that when that engine starts up.”

Between now and 2026, automotive service technician and mechanic jobs are expected to grow by 6 percent, with diesel service and technician mechanic positions growing by 9 percent.

Students are encouraged to register now for upcoming camps, as space is limited. You can find out more at wdt.edu/camps.

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