Sarah is a production technician and assembler for COOK Medical in Bloomington, Indiana. Sarah hand-makes stents for patients who have a potentially life-threatening weakening of large arteries. 

COOK depends on production technicians like Sarah to ensure that the products they manufacture are free of defects and safe for use in people. Many industries, not just medical device manufacturers, employ production technicians. These are the professionals who work in facilities making the products that companies sell. They are also the first line of defense when it comes to spotting any quality issues in production.

To learn more about Sarah and her career path, explore her profile page.


Resources for Educators, Parents, and Students

These standards-aligned activities provide students with opportunities to practice the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for a career similar to Sarah’s role as a production technician and trainer at cook. Each activity guide provides educators with both leader notes and student handouts, as well as detailed materials lists and timing guides. Click on the activities below to learn more!


Grades 3-5

Sewing Saves Lives

Explore the circulatory system with a model heart and learn about how doctors repair arteries.

Grades 6-8

Can You Draw It?

Learn how instructions and processes are optimized to create consistent results.

Grades 9-12

Build it Better

Learn how streamlining and lean manufacturing create better products in less time.

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