Josh Erickson, PMG’s ReTool public relations and engagement specialist, speaks to TSTC students during an employer spotlight event.

(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Representatives from PMG Manufacturing Services recently visited Texas State Technical College’s campus in Fort Bend County to discuss potential career opportunities with students from TSTC’s Welding Technology and Precision Machining Technology programs.

TSTC students learned about the benefits and opportunities at PMG and saw examples of success from other TSTC graduates who have thrived at the company.

“In the last year, we’ve gotten out over 100 entry-level technicians in different positions,” said Josh Erickson, PMG’s ReTool public relations and engagement specialist. “More than 20 of them have been TSTC graduates around the state. By far, our biggest, most robust relationship is with TSTC. I want you to walk away realizing you are very well prepared for the industry at large across America.”

Stacey Jaeger, PMG’s director of marketing, agreed.

“TSTC is probably our number one school that we hire from nationwide,” she said. “We are able to take someone straight out of a solid technical program here and put them to work. They tend to skill up fairly quickly into more of our advanced positions. It makes a difference for us. Technicians are what drive our workforce and our business.”

PMG, which is headquartered in Minneapolis, deploys its technicians to clients across the nation.

“We’re the smokejumpers of manufacturing,” Erickson said. “What we do is we help other companies put out their production fires. We work exclusively in manufacturing, but we work across all industries.”

He added that diversifying skill sets, experiences, training and certifications is key to weathering economic ebbs and flows of volatile industries like oil and gas.

“If all of your experience is in one market, being able to jump to the markets that are up can be hard,” Erickson said.

When PMG deploys its workers on projects across different industries, those workers gain diverse experience that will benefit them in many ways, he continued.

“It doesn’t just keep you working more,” Erickson said. “It keeps you working at a premium because you’re working in those industries where your skills are most in demand and they’re paying the most for you.”

The chance for workers to amplify skills and avoid burnout by participating in different projects and industries are additional perks, he said.

That will make workers even more marketable — and strengthen the labor pool for the manufacturing industry.

“It’s a candidate-driven market today,” Jaeger said.

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