Optimation Technology has 4 new trades apprentices. Cierra Collins from Rochester, Matthew Wise from Ontario, Jake Ingalls from Cuba, and Morgan Spurr from Rochester started the beginning of their new careers on January 25th, 2021. Out of more than 50 applicants, these 4 rose to the top of our desired list, and we are ecstatic to have them be a part of the team.
“We are thrilled with our new apprentices. Every year we advertise the positions and are surprised by the quantity and quality of the applicants. 2021 was no exception. We had over 50 candidates and in the end, it was difficult to make a final selection. These young women and men have exceptional educational backgrounds and experience and will hit the ground running. We know the future of Optimation will be assured with them as trades workers.” – President and CEO of Optimation Technology, Bill Pollock.
One of the most exciting pieces of our 2021 apprentice group is that 50% are women. Women in trades positions tends to be a difficult card to fill, but we are seeing more and more of this. We had several extremely qualified female applicants this year coming from trade schools, industry, the military, and those looking to change professions. It is definitely a positive trend and will only make our team stronger!
Collins comes to us with a degree in Business Management from the United States Coast Guard Academy and an HVAC Associates in Applied Science from Monroe Community College. Collins is excited to learn more about electricity. In her free time, she enjoys reading and traveling.
Wise comes from a background from Wayne Technical and Career Center in Williamson, NY where he concentrated on Electrical Trades. He is looking forward to learning more about the theory behind electrical work. When he isn’t working, he enjoys riding ATV’s or snowmobiles with friends.
Ingalls graduated from Alfred State College in 2017 with a degree in Welding and has been working as a Pipeline laborer and welder since. Jake is excited to learn more about pipefitting to add to his skill set. In his spare time he likes to go hiking with his dog.
Spurr comes to us with multiple degrees from Nazareth College and Monroe Community College. She has a vast variety of experience and was most recently a Shop Laborer with Residential Railing and Fence Company. Spurr is exciting about hands on work with welding as well as working for a company who looks out for each other. Outside of work she is an artist! She also likes longboarding.