Daryl Peterson, global manufacturing engineering manager of John Deere, spoke to Watertown High School students about the relativity of manufacturing in lives through the products society uses as part of the school celebrating Manufacturing Day.
WHS received a $100,000 grant to update the metals lab and Jesse Domer, a technology and engineering instructor, wanted to celebrate this by inviting a large area company with global connections to speak to students. He hoped the John Deere employees could bring awareness and exposure about trades.
“A lot of these kids are in those classes already, but to just show them all that there’s more to all of this, that’s my goal,” Domer said.
“I’m really excited for everyone to see how all of this effects everyone if they choose to go into manufacturing,” said senior Kaelene Lohneis, president of WHS SkillsUSA who wants to become a welder.
John Deere is a global operation that manufactures agricultural, construction and forestry machinery and lawn care equipment.