ASU Mountain Home mechatronics graduate now part of Baxter International team

Pictured from left are Nathan Lueck, director of the ASUMH Secondary Tech Center; Jesse Hutchinson; Vanessa Thomas Jones, Cotter Superintendent; and Janel Cotter, director of workforce development for ASUMH.

Pictured from left are Nathan Lueck, director of the ASUMH Secondary Tech Center; Jesse Hutchinson; Vanessa Thomas Jones, Cotter Superintendent; and Janel Cotter, director of workforce development for ASUMH.

Jeff Gunn has been the plant manager with Baxter Healthcare since 2015. The Mountain Home facility was built in 1964. “We love working with ASU Mountain Home,” Gunn said. “They have been very beneficial to the community and to Baxter.”

Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions.

Kelly Lucas, senior human resources manager for Baxter, said this program is a good example of what ASUMH provides to the community and to Baxter.

“Jesse (Hutchinson) was an example of a student who wasn’t necessarily interested in pursuing a four-year degree, but was more interested in getting a solid, basic education before working their way up the ladder in the field,” Lucas said. “and we are interested in reaching more students like him.”

Gunn said employees from Baxter helped design the curriculum at ASUMH mechatronics program which helped them tool the program to get the exact employees that they need to work.

As a Production Technician I and part of the robotics assembly, Gunn said Hutchinson is part of a two- to three-person team that runs the cell, or manufacturing line, and troubleshoots if there are any issues.

Should Hutchinson decide to pursue a four-year degree a related field such as engineering, Baxter will pay 80/20 for his education.

“Baxter treats their employees very well,” Hutchinson said.

Jesse Hutchinson credits a number of educators and administrators for encouraging him along the way as he pursued a career with Baxter Healthcare.