Rod Herrick - The Center for Houston`s Future

Bayer’s Production Technician
Internship Program (PTIP)
Rod Herrick
• VP & Site Manager
Bayer Baytown Industrial Park
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Internship Program Objectives
• Recruit top talent enrolled in Process Technology Certification (PTEC)
programs at local colleges.
• Target high school seniors to enroll in Process Technology
Certification programs.
• Provide supervised hands-on work experience in a manufacturing
environment to complement classroom curriculum for Process
Technology Certification programs.
• Achieve more comprehensive assessment of skill levels and
competencies, safety commitment, and work ethic of potential
• Stimulate local economy through training and development for safe,
secure, high-paying jobs.
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Case for Change
• Solution to shrinking pool of candidates
• Shift in workforce demographics
• 33% skilled workers retirement eligible 2012 - 2016
• Proactive approach to developing workforce
• Improved efficiency & flexibility in hiring and training process
• Accelerated learning for unit qualification
• Cost effective
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Program Framework
Talent Development
• Program graduates or
• currently registered, active
students with a 3.0 GPA in
Process Technology certificate
track classes offered by local 2
and 4 year colleges.
The Program facilitates outreach
to local high school students.
Ten weeks (400 hours) of
supervised onsite activities
• modified site Basic Training
• structured assignments
• initial training towards a
potential unit position.
Hiring Decision
Sessions begin each January
and June prior to college
program census dates.
Bayer Human Resources, Training and Business Units
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BMS Baytown
Benefits for Bayer
• Access to top quality prospects for
• Opportunity for “working interviews”
to fill potential job openings
• Build relationships and Bayer brand
recognition within community
• More comprehensive evaluation of
• Work ethic
• Safety behavior
• Initiative & innovation
• Ability to grasp operations concepts
• Collaboration in team environment
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Benefits for Colleges
• Build stronger curriculum to fill workforce needs
• Provide meaningful education experience for students with added
opportunity for hands-on experience and potential job placement
• Potential for increased enrollment through successful PTEC programs
• Multi-source feedback for continual program improvement
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Benefits for Students
The Bayer Baytown PTIP is designed to:
• Reinforce academic knowledge by
allowing interns to apply knowledge
(see, hear, and touch) in industrial
• Allow interns to experience a rotating
shift schedule.
• Orient interns to daily routine of a
process technician.
• Enable interns to answer the question:
“Is this what I want to do as a career?”
• Incentivize interns through college
credit earned toward degree plans
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Applicant Requirements
Successful applicants must:
• Be enrolled in a PTEC certificate or associate program at an
accredited 2 or 4 year college
• Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in PTEC certificate tract
courses OR be a recent graduate meeting same qualifications
• Pass pre-employment aptitude testing and assessments
• Pass a panel interview
• Pass pre-employment drug and alcohol screenings, background
check, physical and functional capacity evaluation, pre-placement
verification of information and qualifications
• Work a rotating shift
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Intern Duties
Complete checklists
• Supervised hands-on learning
• Site observations
• Job shadowing
Participate in group assignments
Obtain working knowledge of:
Operating & Safety Procedures
Process Flow Diagrams
Material Safety Data Sheets
Training Manuals
Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams
• Deliver a technical presentation to area management
• Finalize the formal evaluation process for future hiring consideration.
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Internship Educational Experience
Interns will:
• Complete 8-10 weeks of hand-on
learning, site observations and
job shadowing with professional
technicians and trainers in an
industrial environment.
• Experience the challenges and
adjustments of a rotating shift
• Receive course credit for
successful completion of Bayer
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Program Partners
• Lee College
Baytown, Texas
• San Jacinto Community College
Pasadena, Texas
• Alvin Community College
Alvin, Texas
• Houston Community College
Houston, Texas
• East Harris County Manufacturing Association
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Program Statistics
Since June 2011:
• 3 Internship cycles
• 24 interns
• 14 converted to FTE
• 5 active co-ops
• 1 withdrawal
• 4 released
Next cycle: June 2012
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Long Term Education Strategy
STEM curriculum starting in grade schools
• Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense
• Energy Venture Camp
• Liquid Science Program
• Wetlands Science and Education Programs
• and others …
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Thank you
February 10, 2012/ Rod Herrick/ Version 0
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Program Development
The East Harris County Manufacturing Association (EHCMA) Training
Committee in association with member colleges (Lee College, San Jacinto
Community College) and member companies (including Bayer) developed the
framework for a production technician internship program (PTIP) used by many
member companies.
This framework consists of:
• Checklist activities (procedures, observations, shadowing, supervised handson activities
• Tools (Member company forms)
• Member support
Bayer took this information and customized it to meet our needs!
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