Former student lands job at KUKA North America, a leading specialist in automation

Oakland Schools Technical Campuses guide students on a path to meaningful career opportunities. For Adam Khantouche, OSTC provided the perfect combination of a hands-on learning environment with real industry experience. Khantouche is a graduate of Rochester Adams High School, the Oakland Technical Early College Program, and the Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast. Khantouche was a two-year student in the OSTC-NE Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics program and was a student in the first cohort of students for the Oakland Technical Early College program, earning his associate degree in Technological Sciences from Oakland Community College (OCC) as a high school student. In addition to his associate degree with a mechatronics focus, he earned a Certificate of Achievement in OCC’s Robotics/Automated Systems Technology – Programmable Controllers program.

During Khantouche’s time at OSTC-NE, he earned the prestigious Dean’s Award both his junior and senior year and received the Program Honors Award for the Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics program. He was also a two-year member of the National Technical Honor Society. One of Khantouche’s most memorable moments while attending OSTC-NE came when he met former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder during a tour of the Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics program lab. A clip of the media video that was taken during the tour was broadcast that evening on FOX 2 News!

Khantouche earned an industry-recognized FANUC robotics certification during his senior year coursework at OSTC-NE. During Khantouche’s time at OCC, he was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society because of his outstanding performance. Adam enrolled in ROB-1500 (Introduction to Robotics) at the same time his OSTC-NE teacher also took the course. This allowed Adam to help in rewriting the OSTC-NE robotics curriculum to include FANUC’s RoboGuide software.

After a paid summer internship working in the mechatronics industry with the help of his OSTC-NE instructors, Khantouche’s landed his first industry job programming FANUC robots to perform sanding and painting. He said this opportunity kick-started his career. Khantouche turned 21-years-old in August and is now working for KUKA North America, a direct competitor of FANUC. He is also completing his Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Technology Management in December 2021. 

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