Hunter Sams, a 2014 Lakeland High School graduate, has found himself in a great position as an intern at Precision Medical Technologies (PMT) in Rome City, IN.
PMT does contract manufacturing for medical devices and implants. Their first facility in Warsaw, IN opened in 2003, followed by the Rome City location in 2011. They began with fewer than 10 employees and have grown to 135 workers. Customer Service/Human Resources Manager Ryan Christner said they are willing to hire student interns during summer months, especially those majoring in engineering and business.
Hunter Sams heard about the PMT internship through Rick Sherck, executive director of the Noble County Economic Development Corporation. Sherck distributed Sams’ résumé to several companies, three of which offered him a temporary position. He chose PMT because it provides applicable hands-on experience within his desired field and because Rome City is close to his hometown of Howe, IN.
Sams will be a junior at Purdue University, West Lafayette in the fall, majoring in mechanical engineering. He has been working at PMT since May 2016, receiving real-world experience as their first engineering intern.
Asked how he would compare hands-on practice to classroom learning, Sams said, “It’s a lot different than just listening to a professor.” He works with several experienced mentors at PMT who continuously help him develop skills within his chosen field.
Christner described PMT as a growing company that pays employees well, offers advancement opportunities, has a good work environment, and develops products that help improve lives. PMT will be looking to hire 10 more workers by the end of the year.
PMT is in need of machinists, quality inspectors, and finishers. Interested applicants can contact Christner at 574-267-6385 or at email@example.com
The NCEDC is a resource for students looking to find internships within Noble County, and students are encouraged to communicate with the NCEDC to connect with employers. “We are looking to find good people,” Christner stated. “Rick has been really good about helping us get plugged into the community.”
Christner said interns who perform well may be considered for full-time positions. “With Hunter being our first true engineering intern, we weren’t exactly sure what we would be getting,” he said. “His performance has proven it was a great choice! We hope he will return to the area upon graduation, as I can see him being an asset to our community.”