SHELBY, Ohio — E-Crane, a multinational company that specializes in manufacturing equilibrium cranes, is growing. Company representatives from E-Crane’s Galion location visited Shelby’s Kehoe Center Monday to recruit recent engineer graduates and interns from North Central State College (NCSC).

E-Crane has three locations in the United States and two in Europe. Their cranes use equilibrium technology, resulting in less energy consumption. They currently have 49 customers in North America and 14 in South America.

E-Crane CEO Steve Osborne and Project Engineer Kelly Carl toured the Kehoe Center Monday morning then gave an informative presentation on the company. In attendance during the presentation was NCSC President Dr. Dorey Diab and other administrative faculty.

“We’re looking to expand in the next five years. We need young, motivated individuals from NC State who want a career path,” said Osborne.

After the presentation, three NCSC graduates currently working for E-Crane in Corpus Christi, Texas as Service Technicians, were given time to answer questions and offer a status report on how they enjoy working for the company over a Skype call.

“North Central [State College] definitely helped us out. With my internship I was given real life experience and I learned that learning never really stops,” said Service Technician Joe Biglin.

Specifically, the hydraulic course as part of the Integrated Engineering Technology degree, helped in earning an edge in the industry, said Service Technician Neil Fortney.

The three NCSC College graduates (Joe Biglin, Neil Fortney and Jeremy Scribner) moved to Corpus Christi, Texas once they graduated in May. Their duties have them servicing an E-Crane, which was built for a customer in Corpus Christi recently. The company is expected to grow in five years, which is why Osborne thought of North Central State College.

North Central State College currently offers students associate degrees in Integrated Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Technology Operations Management and Mechanical Engineering Technology. All of which are skills sought by E-Crane.

Diab considered the three graduates a success story. Their path to success resonated with him because, he too, attended a community college.

“I worked while going to school and went to Cuyahoga Community College. So I know what they’re going through. A lot of them are working, taking care of families — while in school. I believe in helping students find careers,” said Diab.

He continued, “And these guys with an associate degree can make $50,000 a year. That’s the ultimate goal for us. To be able to help them.”

Classes begin for fall semester on Monday, August 24. To apply, visit their website or call 419-755-4800.

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