Muskegon Jobs - Robotics Technician

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Dakota is a senior engineering and robotics technician at Eagle Alloy, a foundry that makes parts for companies like Harley Davidson and John Deere. He designs new tooling for sand molds, supports production workers, and programs robots.

Dakota's career path wasn't linear. He started out at Muskegon Community College, then transferred to Grand Valley State University to study computer science and information technology, but realized it wasn't for him. He returned to MCC and got a degree in computer-aided design, which he loved. He landed a job building porta-potties, then used that experience and his CAD skills to get an internship at Eagle Alloy. They hired him before he even finished his degree, and he's been there ever since.

Dakota finds his job rewarding because he's always busy and there's always something to improve. He especially enjoys designing and programming robots. He believes that internships are valuable because they allow you to try out different jobs before committing to them. He also encourages people to be open-minded and not be afraid to fail, and to remember that it's okay not to know what you want to do with your life right away.

Dakota's story is a great example of how you don't need to have a traditional career path to be successful. He followed his interests and took advantage of opportunities that came his way, and it led him to a job that he loves.

The Rotary Club of Muskegon highlights this program as a way to inspire individuals to consider their own contributions to the community. Muskegon Vocational Spotlight series, produced by Rotary Club Of Muskegon, learn more at

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