Orville Dothage III Wins FLATE 2023 Distinguished Manufacturing Partner-of-the-Year

Congratulations to Orville Dothage III, Senior Manager at Northrop Grumman in St. Augustine, FL for his outstanding contributions to promote technology education and career awareness in support of manufacturing!  Orville has worked in the aerospace industry for more than 35 years. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed the opportunity to connect and collaborate with innovative thinkers working with cutting-edge technology. Orville’s contributions have driven program success for the betterment of our warfighters.  He has been successful at multi-tasking millions of dollars cost and schedule commitments.

Orville believes "Manufacturing is a critical component of our economy. Through reliable and responsible manufacturing, we become poised for future growth". Highlights of his career include leading teams in performance improvement analysis, ensuring supplier quality assurance, maintaining ISO 9000 certifications and interfacing with internal and external customers. Orville has developed Quality Assurance programs that have been replicated across numerous sites.

He is committed to supporting colleagues and mentoring the next generation workforce. Key contributions in this area include:
  • the development of continuing education partnership programs with Goodwill Industries of California and Florida
  • High School Involvement partnership programs and
  • STEM events tied to National Manufacturing Day.
His most recent endeavor involves creating, for the first time, a high school paid internship to produce the next generation of aircraft builders. The St Johns County Chamber of Commerce recognizes his relentless, hard work impacting technical education in St Johns County, "we are proud of you and of Northrop Grumman for the great partnership with our educational institutions".

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