Illumination

Insights and trends on augmented reality and advanced manufacturing technology
27September2017

Finding the Next Generation of Tech Talent in Detroit and Beyond

The inventive spirit of Detroit that put the world on wheels started with the automotive industry and has progressively expanded into other markets across the state, making Michigan one of the fastest growing technology and entrepreneurship hubs in the United States. And Detroit, in particular, is on its way to becoming a tech mecca.

Detroit is an Emerging Tech Hub

Innovation is at the foundation of our company and a crucial part of the maker movement in Detroit. Since 2005, our company has been at the forefront of the enterprise augmented reality (AR) movement and a part of Michigan’s burgeoning tech culture. Our passion for innovation and dedication to providing customized solutions to challenges on the factory floor is what has propelled our company as a leader in the new wave of manufacturing technology.

As an Industry 4.0 leader, we’re focused on finding the best tech talent to join our team who share our passion for creating the next revolution in digital manufacturing. To find up-and-coming talented individuals, we’ve partnered with the Hacker Fellows program and maintain strong relationships with technical colleges and universities that have cooperative learning programs, such as Lawrence Tech and Kettering University.

Finding the Next Generation of Talent with Hacker Fellows

Hacker Fellows is a talent initiative program that pairs startup technology companies with emerging tech talent for summer internships, as well as year-long fellowships for recent college graduates. This program utilizes a skills and interest-based matching tool to pair fellows with innovative companies. Since we started working with Hacker Fellows, we’ve continued to be impressed with the caliber of talented young professionals coming out of the program. These young professionals come in with a hunger to learn and bring a new layer of creativity and ambition to our company.

Unique Opportunities at OPS Solutions

We offer unique opportunities for the next generation of talent and a very broad, hands-on work experience. Our industry is not a narrow field. At OPS Solutions, fellows and interns have the opportunity to explore various facets of our business and specialize in areas that align with their unique talents and interests.

We invest in our interns and fellows from the start with a “learn and innovate as you go” approach to training. In the very first week, new talent will be exposed to every aspect of our business. Starting that first week, they will immediately start applying Light Guide Systems to solve real manufacturing problems with augmented reality technology.  Our goal is to keep people on a vertical learning curve, constantly absorbing and using new information about technology and industry.

Here’s what one of our newest Hacker Fellows (and full-time member of our team) had to say about her experience working with our company:

The funny thing about trying to describe a typical day is that there is no typical day. What I do can range from interfacing with a new piece of hardware to setting up a proof of concept to designing a system with CAD software to refactoring code to visiting customer sites and troubleshooting problems. My favorite thing about coming to work is that even if I have a general plan for what I’m going to get done, unexpected projects always seem to come up.” – Courtney Myers, Hacker Fellow, OPS Solutions Development Engineer

Interested in building a career at a high-growth company that’s redefining the future of manufacturing? Send us a message to learn more about career opportunities at OPS Solutions.

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Will Sommerville

Will Sommerville

Will Sommerville is the Chief Technology Officer of OPS Solutions. Will has experience in renewable energy, automotive OEM, and government research. He has six years of experience designing and implementing large-scale, thin-film deposition equipment for solar panels, bringing groundbreaking technology into multiple, 24/7 plant environments. He also has experience at DaimlerChrysler and Fiat Chrysler dealing with the interior electronics systems, eliminating system-level issues that impact customer experiences throughout all vehicle lines. He has held several leadership positions within IEEE, including Chair of the IEEE MGA GOLD Committee and a member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. Will holds a BSEE from Kettering University and an MSECE from Oakland University.
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