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 Name: Cheryl L DiPinto 

Company: Sirois Tool Co., Inc. 

Position: Human Resource Manager, Director of Safety 

Years in Industry: 19 year in Manufacturing

 

Job Description:   HR; Staffing, Human Resources Management, Employee Compensation, Wage Classification and Benefits Administration Processes, Performance Management, Communication Processes, HR and Payroll Laws Compliance, Training, and Payroll Processing. Audits and Train on ISO Policies and Procedures.

Safety; Ensure company is in compliance with Federal and State Health, Safety and Environmental regulations and procedures while providing direction on safety policies, programs and procedures to all employees, contractors and visitors.           

Education: University of Phoenix, Bachelors in Science of Human Services.

Background: 25+ years of Human Resource and Payroll Processing.

Memberships: The Society for Human Resource Management, SHRM.

Training: Human Resource Laws, Payroll Laws, OSHA-10 Hour and OSHA Record Keeping. ISO 9001:2015, AS9100 and ASQR-01, First Aid, CPR.

How I got into the Industry:   I was in between jobs and working for a bank in Farmington till I found a position in the human resource field which I desired. I got to know many of the customers and one day one of the customers asked me if I wanted a job working in the office of the accounting department for the company she worked for. She explained that the company was a manufacturing company and they manufactured aircraft parts for companies like PWA, Sikorsky, Volvo, GE and more. Being absolutely bored of working for the bank because it wasn’t challenging for me, I jumped at the opportunity to do something different. To this day, 19 years later it is still as challenging and as exciting to work for as the beginning. I’ve learned and seen things I would have never dreamed of or thought would happen, one being the day I visited the PWA’s Engine Testing Facility and watching how engines were tested, the size of the facility was unbelievable, and the sound of the engine being tested, unforgettable. It was hard to imagine that something that heavy and big could fly. 

Favorite part of Job:   Personally for me everything. My days are never the same, always something different, challenging and rewarding, from working with management, the employees, to working with customers/vendors. From the safety aspect of the job, seeing employee’s happy, healthy and go home the same way they came in that morning.

Would you recommend working in the industry and why:   I’m not just referring working in the manufacturing field because it’s my job, I do, but I refer it whenever possible because it’s a well-paying, rewarding job. Manufacturing has changed from years past, most facilities offer a clean, safe and healthy work environment to work in. We need manufacturing, everything basically we touch or see is manufactured in one way or another. Watching a piece of metal, wood or plastic turn into something that makes things of importance or something that someone will never see is in fact really cool to say the least. Without manufacturing, there would not be, just to name a few; cars, medical devices to cure the injured and even that cell phone that most people use as a life line would not exist. While most people don’t think of it, manufacturing is vital to our everyday life and our economy.  Working in manufacturing doesn’t mean you are stuck doing the same job you started in, there are many opportunities to learn and grow and change your career path.

Suggestions on where to start if interested (training, education, etc.):   I would recommend starting with a Technical High School or College. Now more than ever manufacturing companies are picking/hiring the talent right from the technical schools and colleges before they even graduate or complete their courses because machinist are in such high demand. With the assistance of the schools counseling team they will help in researching what type of career you would be interested in. There are many different types of positions and levels of management within manufacturing, from accounting, human resources, planning, engineering/designing, purchasing, customer relations, quality control, machine operator/programmers, and more. The State of Connecticut has several benefit programs in place that fund employers for hiring students and training them. Education is the key that brings this state and others back to where we belong in the manufacturing world, the best of the best!