Essentra Components announces externship program in collaboration with Erie Institute of Technology

15 Sep 2017

Essentra Components has announced externship program in collaboration with Erie Institute of Technology. Local students looking for a career in plastics manufacturing and industrial maintenance will have an opportunity to learn alongside Essentra’s experts at their flagship North American manufacturing facility.

Erie, PA – Essentra Components, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of essential components, announces its partnership with Erie Institute of Technology (EIT) to provide an Externship Program for their Industrial Maintenance and Mechatronics students. Local students aspiring to a career in plastics manufacturing and industrial maintenance will have an opportunity to learn alongside experts at Essentra’s flagship North American manufacturing facility located on Station Road in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The Externship Program will teach students how technical and academic course content is used in real-world manufacturing settings. Upon completion, students will be armed with the knowledge and expertise needed to meet current and future industry demand. 

Leadership from Essentra and Erie Institute of Technology believe this initiative will encourage current employees to demonstrate how classroom learning is applied in the workplace, and teach students how to apply their hands-on experience back into the classroom.

"The Externship will significantly influence and enhance students’ understanding of manufacturing, and demonstrate the range of fantastic career opportunities available with a global organization like Essentra” said Antonio Alva, General Operations Manager, Essentra Components.

"We’re excited about the opportunity Essentra has given our Industrial Maintenance and Mechatronics students to supplement their education, and learn and develop their skills in a real-world environment," said Paul Fitzgerald, Director of Erie Institute of Technology. "We are grateful to Essentra Components for its commitment to supporting externships, giving the next generation hands-on experience at a leading manufacturer, right here in our region." The inaugural class of students will work at Essentra Components for 90 hours between August 31 and September 21, 2017. The externships are typically full-time for three weeks, but can be customized to fit curriculum needs. 

For more information about the Industrial Maintenance and Mechatronics program as well as Erie Institute of Technology’s other programs, visit For more information about Essentra Components, visit

For further information, please contact:
Amanda Szymanski
Marketing Communications Specialist, Essentra Components

Paul Fitzgerald
Director, Erie Institute of Technology

In 2015, three companies - Alliance, Reid Supply, and Richco Inc. - combined to form Essentra Components America. This provided our customers with an even greater selection of industrial components, with regional distribution sites across America and an international network extending to Europe and Asia, including 12 principal manufacturing facilities and 47 sales and distribution operations. For further information, please visit

Essentra Components is part of Essentra plc, a FTSE 250 company and a leading global provider of essential components and solutions. Essentra focuses on the light manufacture and distribution of high volume, enabling components which serve customers in a wide variety of end-markets and geographies. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Essentra’s global network extends to 33 countries and includes c. 8,000 employees, 48 principal manufacturing facilities, 64 sales & distribution operations and four research & development centers. For further information, please visit

Erie Institute of Technology (EIT) is a nationally accredited technical training school with more than 50 years of experience training students from northwest Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and western New York. EIT specializes in training students for careers in computers, the skilled trades, manufacturing, and electronics. EIT is dedicated to creating a student-centered environment by empowering individuals with the knowledge, practical skills, and experience necessary to reach career and life goals. For further information about EIT, visit