Edu2Mfg September 2021 Newsletter

In the September 2021 issue, Edu2Mfg announces plans for the Manufacturing Expo and National Manufacturing Day celebration in Sacramento on October 1, 2021. Additionally, the Train the Trainer and Lab Tour series of meetups for teachers have been very popular. Find out about design contests for students, new manufacturing labs in the Sacramento region and other relevant infomration for manufacturing educator and Career Technical Education teachers.

Read the Edu2Mfg Sept. 2021 newsletter.

Register Now for the SME Manufacturing Expo on Oct. 1

Sacramento manufacturers are planning the SME Manufacturing Expo 2021 on October 1 in Rancho Cordova to connect companies in the region and build the local supply chain. The event coincides with National Manufacturing Day that celebrates the impact of manufacturing on our communities, economies and quality of life. Companies can sign up now as sponsors and exhibitors, and attendee registration is also open at the Mfg Expo event website.

Since 2012, National Manufacturing Day has been held across the county on the first Friday of October, explained Jeff Briggs, regional director, Advanced Manufacturing North Region, California Community Colleges, hosted at Sierra College. “The goal of the SME Expo and National Manufacturing Day is to raise awareness of modern manufacturing’s impact on local communities, bring companies together to address shared challenges and inspire people to pursue well-paid, in-demand advanced manufacturing careers,” said Briggs. “Sierra College, Los Rios and Yuba community college districts as well as many of the regional high schools offer certificates and degrees in design, mechatronics, engineering, welding, making, maintenance and advanced manufacturing that build students’ skills so they can gain entry into this field.”

As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government entities and local communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Companies involved in everything from design and prototypes to finishing and assembly will benefit from attending, according to Larry Lewis, board chair, SME Sacramento Valley. “Sacramento manufacturers produce construction materials, food, vehicles, industrial fuels, electronics and health products that are used locally and shipped globally,” said Lewis. “There are outstanding career opportunities in this industry in sales, production, research, design, engineering and marketing. Many companies are currently hiring so we are encouraging educators, students and those seeking career opportunities in the industry to attend,” said Lewis.

Kevin McGrew, director of quality management, Siemens Mobility, Inc. and president, Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance, will be the keynote speaker. The all-day event, held at the Rancho Cordova City Hall, will include industry panels, eight breakout sessions and time to network with exhibitors and attendees.

The Sacramento region is home to dozens of suppliers of high quality products, parts and manufacturing services that give local manufacturers a competitive advantage, explained Dean Peckham, executive director, Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance. “The SME Manufacturing Expo is a unique opportunity for business leaders to make connections and identify vendors that can quickly produce and source needed materials,” said Peckham. “With worldwide shortages and supply chain disruptions, local connections are more valuable than ever to Sacramento manufacturers.”

Sign up now to exhibit at the SME Manufacturing Expo on October 1, 2021 and to register as an attendee.

Electric Vehicles: Cross-Sector Regional Advisory Series – August 27 & September 17

On Friday, August 27 and Friday, September 17, 2021, there will be an advisory series on emerging occupations in:  

  • Electrical Vehicle Maintenance
  • Charging Station Installation
  • Advanced Manufacturing of Components
  • Relevant Supply Chain Logistics

These cross sector events will examine occupations in Energy, Construction, and Utilities (ECU), Advanced Transportation and Logistics (ATL) and Advanced Manufacturing.  
As California makes the switch to widespread electric vehicle transportation, the Greater Sacramento Region is working to ensure that training programs keep pace and provide access to traditionally disinvested populations.
The first advisory will feature innovative practices from other colleges, examine existing inventory of training programs in our region, and present labor market and occupational trends in this rapidly changing field.

In the second advisory, a panel of employers and industry will discuss current and emerging skills needed across the range of electric vehicle related occupations.
Contact Valley Vision Project Associate Danielle Susa with any questions or for more information.

Read this California Community College report on Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicle Technologies Program Assessment of Automotive and Electrical Programs
in California Community Colleges.

Attend the Manufacturing Expo — October 2021

The Manufacturing Expo will be held on National Manufacturing Day, Friday, October 1 at the Rancho Cordova City Hall, located at 2729 Prospect Park Dr.

The theme of the 2021 SME Manufacturing Expo is: “Connecting the Regional Manufacturing Network,” explained Jeff Briggs, SME member and Regional Director, California Community Colleges (CCC) Advanced Manufacturing North Region (Edu2Mfg). “Instead of arranging tours at local manufacturers, we are encouraging industry, educators and students to come together at the Expo,” said Briggs.

Briggs indicated that businesses and organizations can sign up now to be exhibitors. “There are many benefits to being an exhibitor,” said Briggs. “Increase sales to local companies, recruit employees and connect with high school and college faculty members who are building the pipeline of future employees. National Manufacturing Day celebrates our robust manufacturing sector in the Sacramento region and makes the public aware of the innovation taking place and positive economic impact.” Learn more about how exhibitors can maximize the impact of supporting this event at the Expo website:

Edu2Mfg August 2021 Newsletter with Upcoming Events

The August newsletter produced by the California Community Colleges, Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, North Region provides an update on:

  • Manufacturing Expo October 1
  • Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program
  • College Courses leading to Manufacturing careers
  • Apprenticeship program supported by SVMA
  • Advisory meeting on new Energy, Transportation & Manufacturing careers
  • Upcoming CMTC Webinars
  • Summaries of lab tours offered by Edu2Mfg so teachers could exchange ideas
  • And much more in the August newsletter.

NextFlex Offers Innovations Days Virtually on August 3-5

The virtual conference will dive into the next generation of electronics and how it will be used to solve real world problems. Sessions include:

  • 3 keynotes (one each day)
  • Live from the NextFlex Fab
  • Panel: Next Generation Visionaries – Meet the Rising Stars
  • Panel: The Great Debate – Overcoming Barriers to Commercialization
  • NextFlex Workforce Development Programs retrospective

The conference is supported by major national universities and industry representatives. Learn more.

CMTC July 2021 Webinars

CMTC offers manufacturing resources and monthly webinars on topics of interest to businesses and educators.

In July, CMTC offers:

July 15 – 11:00am – What Manufacturers Need to Know About Workers’ Comp & Risk Management in Today’s Market During this webinar, Poms and Associates’ Executive Vice President Chris Poveromo and Senior Claims Analyst Eddy Canavan cover best practices for implementing effective workers’ compensation programs and discuss how to plan for controlling costs; managing claims; and saving employers time, money, and hassles.

July 21 – 11:00am Quality 505: Quality Foundations for Manufacturers During this webinar, CMTC Quality Practice Lead Eliot Dratch will discuss concepts that will help you increase your manufacturing agility.

July 27 – 1:00pm Guidance on Revisions to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards During this webinar, experts will be providing clarification on the most current information available from Cal/OSHA regarding their Emergency COVID-19 Workplace Standards. We will discuss: 1. Relaxing workplace safety rules for vaccinated people 2. Face Coverings 3. The status of the Temporary Emergency Standards

Register and learn more at the CMTC website.

In July Parallax will Offer Electronics Workshop

Parallax, Inc. has scheduled an Educator’s Workshop on Electronics with micro:bit and Python for July 19, 21 and 23. Attendees will learn how to add a pre-engineering focus to maker and CTE programs. Discover ways to combine circuit-building, micro:bit Python scripting and signal measurement with lessons that support coding, product design and manufacturing. View Parallax workshops.

June 2021 Edu2Mfg Newsletter announces events

In the June issue of the Edu2Mfg newsletter, readers will find a summary of the “train the trainer” professional development for teachers, recent events such as a Mechatronics career fair, upcoming manufacturing courses in the region, new design challenge google drive where instructors can share their projects and announcements of upcoming seminars and activities.

Read the June 2021 Newsletter.

CMTC Offers Manufacturing Workshops in June 2021

CMTC offers many seminars in addition to its other services that provide valuable information for manufacturers and educators. The following are an example of what’s available in June:

June 2 — 11AM CMTC: CADENCE Program Webinar: Wearable Flexible Hybrid Electronics for Defense Applications

June 8 — 11AM CMTC: Quality 502: How To Achieve Operations Excellence on Your Shop Floor

June 9 — 11AM CMTC: Artificial Intelligence in Vision | Catalyst Connection

June 23 — 11AM CMTC: Industrial vs. Collaborative Robots | Catalyst Connection