Helder “Larry” Canuto, AccuRounds
Safe from offshoring
Diane Ferrera, director of human resources at AccuRounds, said the apprenticeship program is part of the company’s strategy to recruit and retain talented employees. She said some students and parents are wary of manufacturing careers because they get a bad rap as being dirty, or because U.S. manufacturing is seen as declining. AccuRounds specializes in precision work, often for the defense and aerospace industries, which means its jobs are largely safe from offshoring. It also means that workers there contribute to cutting-edge technology.
“Airplanes have about 2 million parts, and we make about 850 of them,” Ferrera said.
Helder “Larry” Canuto, 27
Advance finish at AccuRounds, Avon
What he does: Polishing, deburring, and fixing parts after the come out of the machines.
Body builder: Enjoys working out, including weightlifting
“I always like to learn more stuff and move up. It was perfect for me at this point.”
— Helder “Larry” Canuto
An AccuRounds apprentice, Helder “Larry” Canuto, is using the program to advance in his career. He’s been with the company since 2015 and currently uses hand tools to finish, polish and deburr parts. He’s now learning to run the machines as well.
“I always like to learn more stuff and move up,” he said. “It was perfect for me at this point.” ◾