Diesel Technology senior Jack Dietrich will be joining the ranks at L. Keeley Construction next semester as he begins a paid internship to round out his training. Dietrich will be the first high school intern to work as a Service Fleet Maintenance Tech for the company.
Dietrich’s interest in machinery began at an early age when he spent time around his father’s construction business. When he joined North Tech as a full day student, he was soon recognized for his talents and has participated in district and state level Skills USA competitions.
L. Keeley Construction began developing its industry partnership with North Tech this year. They have had an internship program in place for 4 years, but the focus has been primarily on college-level students or shorter-term experiences. April Lopinot, Human Resources Manager for Keeley, said she “looks forward to developing this partnership.” Lopinot has visited campus numerous times this year to present to students in several of our construction programs in an effort to let students know about the employment opportunities in both industry and at L. Keeley. Instructors Pat Hanneken and Ben Duvall introduced Dietrich to the L. Keeley team as a prime candidate for an extended internship. Dietrich had a formal interview and gathered resources for consideration in pursuit of the appointment which begins January 2nd, 2018 and will continue throughout the second semester.
Dietrich, who plans to attend State Technical College to study in their Heavy Equipment Technology program, will work for Keeley approximately 25 hours a week. Lopinot described the opportunity as a “true internship” in which Dietrich will earn $10.50 an hour and work in the shop on a large suite of vehicles and equipment. He will attend his academic classes at North Tech and begin work each day around 11:30 am. “Studies come first,” said Lopinot as she emphasized the work schedule would be flexible to accommodate exams and any other requirements.
Experiences like these are invaluable for our students as they prepare for life after high school and we look forward to watching Dietrich continue to impress. To learn more about our new industry partner L. Keeley Construction, click here: https://www.lkeeley.com/.