Career Paths

The spring and metal stamping industry employs thousands of people across the New England region. There is a diverse range of opportunities available in areas such as engineering, production, quality, sales, marketing and finance. If you are interested in a career in manufacturing or wondering how to get started, we invite you to read the below biographies on just a few of the professionals working in our industry today.








Employee NameLynette Proch

Company: Sirois Tool Co., Inc.

Position: Gage Designer

Years in Industry: 7 Years in Manufacturing


Job Description:    I work with engineers from different companies to come up with a Dow Gage system that suits their companies need. After a design is completed, I use Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software to make the prints for the shop and then we make the gages.

Education: Duel High School Diploma in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from Emmett O’Brien Technical High School 

Background:   I have worked in a few different shops since graduating school. My first job I made drawings for machinist, sheet metal fabrications, and plastics. My second job was with a firearms manufacturer where I spent an awesome few years learning all about that industry. Now I work with precision gages for all sorts of industries. 

Memberships: Certified Solidworks Professional 

Training:   My initial training was through my technical high school, where half the year is used to teach you your trade instead of the entire year focused on solely academics. It’s where I learned how to solid model.  I have taken a ton of classes since then in different CAD programs to learn how to improve my technique, along with taking college courses at night towards an engineering degree. Also, a lot of what I know now comes from the people I have worked with. You can learn a lot on the job if you’re willing to ask for help. 

How I got into the industry:   I got involved in manufacturing thanks to my high school. Emmett is where I first got to work with CAD programs. To this day, I still volunteer when my teachers reach out to me. I also have worked with some really amazing people who have helped me push my career forward. Manufacturing is very team oriented and I have been lucky to be on some fantastic teams. 

Favorite Part of the Job:   3D modeling is my absolute favorite thing to do. It mixes math with art and lets you create anything you can imagine. I get to play with virtual clay all day long. Then seeing what you modeled come to life after it is manufactured is a really cool feeling. 

Would you recommend working in the industry and why:   Yes! I am so thankful I chose the manufacturing industry. I like coming into work knowing I get to design things and then work with the people on the shop floors to make them a reality. The companies I have worked at always had some type of tuition reimbursement, so I have never had to suffer student loans like many other people my age. They also have always offered great benefits like health insurance plans, paid vacation, sick time, and 401ks. Getting into manufacturing allowed me to have my first apartment at the age of 19 and a home owner at the age of 25. You can have a career in this industry, not just a job. 

Suggestions on where to start if interested (training, education, etc.):   First look online to see if you can find any entry level position that is willing to train. Sometimes you can get lucky and find a shop that will train someone who is eager to learn and motivated to be a member of the team. A more solid approach is to look into your local community colleges for manufacturing programs. I know the one near my home town has a one-year program that is fantastic. The teachers were all people who still work in the industry. They not only help you learn but some will help you with your job search when you finish. A lot of these colleges have a job placement program as well to give you even more of an edge. I know a year seems like a long time but it’s worth it. Most of them have night courses as well as day so you don’t have to put your entire life on hold as you go through the programs.