Not even a year ago, Daniel Heckert knew next to nothing about the robotics industry.
Robots he saw in the movies served as his only reference. He thought real-life robots were nearly impossible to build, and he figured it took people a lot smarter than him to actually work with them.
Now, though, after just 12 weeks of training, the 30-year-old York man is making about $43,000 a year working as an entry-level robot technician at York Exponential, a York-based robotics-solutions company.
Soon, students in York Exponential’s licensed adult training program will study at a brand-new facility: The Fortress in York’s WeCo district.
On the outside, The Fortress, which once housed the former Western National Bank, may seem forgotten with its bricked-up, front-facing façade. Inside, though, York Exponential CEO John McElligott is building an important phase in The York Plan 2.0, and he relishes the moments when people see or hear his plan in action.
“They come up and say, ‘I can’t believe this is going on in York,’” John says. “It makes me excited when people’s eyes are open. York is on the upswing. Now is our time to double down.”