JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Experts in the manufacturing industry say it’s a growing field, but there aren’t enough students choosing careers in science, technology, engineering or math to fill all the open positions.

"We don't have enough people that are coming out of school that are skilled in STEM areas,” said Paul Perkins, president of Amatrol President.

Experts say once students finish school, technical jobs are guaranteed.

“You always look for a job that's guaranteed money, and these are the kinds of industries that are continuing to have that right now,” said Lindsey Wilkerson, an Ivy Tech heating, ventilation and air conditioning student.

In class, students at Ivy Tech learn to troubleshoot problems before they happen in the real world. They use simulators made by the Jeffersonville-based company, Amatrol.

Amatrol specializes in power and energy, controls, manufacturing processes, design, fluids, fluid power, thermal, electrical motors, mechanical, communications, robotics, computer-integrated manufacturing and automation.

Some of the simulators are online, which helps schools save money on equipment. The virtual experience allows students to make mistakes without causing any injuries.

Amatrol designs an online curriculum that goes along with the simulators to teach the students.  The curriculum can be updated as the technology evolves.

Businesses like Ford, Honda, Nestle and General Mills use Amatrol technology, too. They use the curriculum to train employees.

“Technology is moving so fast, companies really have a hard time keeping up and they don't often have the experts that are there to help nurture people that come into the company. So what we're finding is that students have to be much closer to job ready than ever before,” Perkins said.

You can find Amatrol equipment and learning tools at Ivy Tech Community College, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Sullivan University, Jeffersonville High School, Charlestown High School and Prosser School of Technology.

The earlier students are exposed to these skills, the earlier they may decide to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or math.

Amatrol is global leader in developing these learning systems. The equipment and training tools are used at around 40 foreign companies on just about every continent. 

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