decorative image of zachgravitt , Guided Particle Systems to hold Feb. 23 open house for engineering students – and are looking for a PSC student for intern position 2022-02-09 10:38:20 Published: 02-09-2022

Troy Moon, Pensacola State College

Housed at the Pensacola State College Pensacola campus, Guided Particle Systems Inc. (GPSI) is a research and development company that specializes in Freeform Microfabrication and Edge (Mobile) Quantum Systems.

And if you know what any of that means, maybe you’re a perfect candidate for an intern position at GPSI.

GPSI will hold an open house for students enrolled in PSC Engineering Technology programs from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, Building 11, Room 1154, on the Pensacola campus. GPSI leases space at PSC and as part of the lease agreement, the company must hire one PSC student for an intern position.

“We do research and development and provide electronic packaging and manufacturing system design,’’ said GPSI COO Carolyn Fries, who founded the business with her husband, David Fries, who serves as CEO. “We’ve enjoyed partnering with PSC and are even looking to expand into another few rooms in the next few months.”

Currently, PSC engineering technology student Zach Gravitt, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, is the PSC intern at GPSI. He’ll earn his associate of science degree from PSC in May.

“When he graduates, he’s going to stay on with us full time,’’ Carolyn Fries said. “He’s been a great addition to the team. But now we have to find another PSC student intern. That’s why we’re having the open house.”

PSC Workforce Director Michael Listau called the GPSI/PSC partnership “a great relationship for the College.”

“They’re really the perfect collaborator,’’ Listau said. “David (Fries) is even teaching some of our engineering classes. So, they’re not only employing students, they’re sharing their knowledge and helping develop our program.”

Gravitt urged other PSC students enrolled in Engineering Technology programs to attend the open house and consider applying for the internship.

“GPS has really helped me grow in my field,’’ Gravitt said. “The work philosophy here is unlike anything else I’ve seen. There are a lot of expectations, but there is so much freedom and opportunity for growth.”

If you’re still not sure whether to attend, consider that there will free pizza at the open house.

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PHOTO: PSC engineering technology student Zach Gravitt is the current PSC intern at GPSI.