FHN Senior Dominic Griffero Contributes to the Manufacturing World

Posted on 04/16/2019
Dominic Griffero works on a machine during his Precision Machining Manufacturing class

FHN senior Dominic Griffero may seem like your typical student. He spends his mornings at FHN and his afternoons taking a manufacturing class at Lewis and Clark Career Center. Last fall, he played varsity football. Now, instead of going to football practice after school, when classes are over Griffero heads straight to his job at John J. Steuby Co., a manufacturing company located in Hazelwood, Missouri.

Griffero was the first student in his Precision Machining Manufacturing class placed in an after-school job. He spends his evenings running a variety of machines that make casings, ammunition, and pipe fittings for fighter jets. Companies like Boeing use these parts and ordnance for their aircraft. He also assists other Steuby employees with their machines and fixes those that are not working properly.

Dominic Griffero works at John J. Steuby Co.Each day brings something new, which is one of Griffero’s favorite aspects of the job. “Getting there and not knowing what you’re going to do is kind of interesting. Keeps you on your feet,” he said. The job has provided him with machining shop experience that he uses on a daily basis and which will continue to prepare him for the trade later on in life. “It makes me feel like an adult,” shared the FHN senior with a big smile on his face.

Griffero’s class at Lewis and Clark Career Center has provided him with the skills and basic machining knowledge that has helped him in his daily tasks. “Just understanding what the machine is doing and knowing what it is supposed to be doing has been helpful,” he said. “If something goes wrong, I know how to fix it.”

Griffero’s Lewis and Clark instructor Marty Acosta shared that it’s a joy having him in class. “He’s a hard worker,” he said. “He’s here a half-hour before everybody else and he goes straight to work. He’s going to do really well in life.” Griffero currently has an “A” in the class and recently won first place at the SkillsUSA District competition for CNC Machining Milling.

“Dominic has made Lewis and Clark proud as his skills, work ethic, and employability is exactly what we hope to foster in all of our students,” said the center’s Director Andrew Stewart. After high school, Griffero plans on attending State Technical College of Missouri through the A+ Program. After that, he hopes to explore aerospace machining and contribute to advancements in the machining industry. Griffero has already had a lot of success in his chosen career while still in high school. Who knows where that success will take him in the future? The possibilities are endless and exciting!

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