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Plymouth State student Jessica Mezquita operates equipment with a robotic arm with help from trainer Scott Pelletier at Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center in Bedford last month.

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BEDFORD — When seven Plymouth State students showed up in a surgical operating room, there was an extra arm there to help — a mechanical one.

The students were on a field trip at the Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center as they worked toward earning their medical sales certificates.

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Scott Pelletier wheels equipment with a robotic arm during a training session at Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center in Bedford recently.

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Dr. Andrew Garber trains Plymouth State student Jessica Mezquita on equipment with a robotic arm at Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center in Bedford last month.

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A group gets training using equipment with a robotic arm at Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center in Bedford last month.

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Scott Pelletier, right, trains a group of students from Plymouth State at Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center in Bedford last month.

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Dr. Andrew Garber prepares for a simulated surgery with equipment with a robotic arm during a training session at Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center in Bedford last month.

What’s Working, a series exploring solutions for New Hampshire’s workforce needs, is sponsored by the New Hampshire Solutions Journalism Lab at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and is funded by Eversource, Fidelity Investments, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the New Hampshire College & University Council, Northeast Delta Dental and the New Hampshire Coalition for Business and Education. Contact reporter Michael Cousineau at mcousineau@unionleader.com. To read stories in the series, visit unionleader.com/whatsworking.