Scott Volk, left, is congratulated by Lyle Neal, SCC's vice president for technology and Milford Campus director.
When Scott Volk was in junior high
school, he wanted to be an engineer or an auto mechanic.
But by the time he was graduating
from Norfolk High School in 1993, Volk narrowed his focus to mechanical
engineering. That is until he visited Southeast Community College’s Milford
Campus and the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program.
Volk, a 1995 graduate of the
program, was honored Monday night in North Platte as the Nebraska Community
College Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from SCC. Four other
alumni from Nebraska community colleges also were honored.
Volk’s visit to SCC’s Milford
Campus changed everything.
“He could see that manufacturing
engineering was a great blend of mechanical principles and computers,” said Stu
Osterthun, SCC’s administrative director of public information and marketing in
his introduction. “He was able to use his hands. He was able to use his mind.”
Volk is the vice president of
MetalQuest Unlimited Inc., in Hebron, a position he’s held since May 2002.
Responsibilities include those as
a key customer account manager; supplier and logistics management and
development; financial management; systems and software development and
integration; SQL server and data manager; process, procedure and certification
programs development and management; strategic planning; and training program
Volk also volunteers his time in a
number of ways, including serving for the past seven years as an advisor for
SCC’s Precision Machining and Automation Technology program and for the past
six years as an advisor for SCC’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology program.
He also is an advisor for Central Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing
Design program and is a member of the Nebraska Manufacturing Advisory Council.
In December 2008, Volk received
the Outstanding Alumni Award from SCC’s Milford Campus.
While a student at SCC, Volk was a
member of the Student Senate, served as a Student Ambassador, was a tutor for
the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program, and was an officer in the
student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
“SCC provided me with an
outstanding education and volunteer opportunities that have helped shape me
both personally and professionally,” Volk said. “I truly feel that I would not
have been able to take advantage of the opportunities that have led to where I
am now if I had not gone to SCC. There is no better place for a student
to receive their education for a career in manufacturing.”
Volk also praised his fellow
employees at MetalQuest.
“My success as a professional is
entirely due to the people around me,” he said. “I have been fortunate enough
to be part of an outstanding team at MetalQuest Unlimited. At MetalQuest, I
started as a Manufacturing Engineer in May 2002 and moved to the Vice President
position in 2003. During my time at MetalQuest, we have become a recognized
leader in the application of advanced manufacturing technologies.”
Founded in 1996, MetalQuest
Unlimited excels in manufacturing tight tolerance precision-machined component
parts. They serve a variety of
industries including energy distribution, hydraulics, electronics, and
transportation. The company started with one CNC machine in a small, rented
space in Deshler, Nebraska. In 1999, increasing business allowed MetalQuest to
build a new manufacturing plant along Highway 81 in Hebron, Nebraska. As MetalQuest continued to flourish, two
expansion projects in 2004 and 2012 have brought the plant to its current
51,000 square-foot facility, which now employs more than 70 people. Utilizing
the latest technologies, MetalQuest has developed into a leading supplier of
manufactured components. Their “Made-in-Nebraska” parts are a source of pride
as their components enter the global market.