Nipmuc Teacher - Jim Gorman's Summer Externship

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

by Jim Gorman

During the Summer of 2020, I was fortunate to participate in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Perkins Teacher Summer Externship Program. The teachers are immersed in an employer’s business so they can bring back to the classroom what students will need to be successful in the real-world. Waters Corporation of Milford graciously hosted me this summer externship.

I was impressed by the Waters’ focus not only on science and technology but also on keeping their customers at the forefront of everything they do. My focus was on their Manufacturing Operations process which included planning, purchasing, material handling, fabrication, assembly, test, and distribution. The COVID-19 pandemic sheds interesting light on the whole process. In particular, I was very interested in how they kept their global supply chain running the best they could during this unprecedented time. Another takeaway was the skilled and unskilled professionals working at Waters. I was impressed with their ability to take an interested and eager person and train them for a particular task. Employees were valued not only for their work product but how they interacted with others, soft skills. It made for a very collaborative experience. This brings me the most important takeaway that can be transferred to any employment situation, soft skills.