LABOR MARKET INFORMATION SHARED AT STATEWIDE ADVISORY MEETING

The Statewide Advisory Industry Skills Panel October 16, 2020. Michael Goss, Director, Inland Empire/Desert Region Center of Excellence, presented current Labor Market Information.

For mote information on the agenda, panelists and other information presented, go to the 2020 Advisory Meeting webpage.

Attend the Beverage Industry Advisory Meeting on November 5

Beverage Industries will hold a cross sector advisory meeting for the greater Sacramento region on November 5 from 2-4 PM.

The topic is Beverage Industries: Challenges & Opportunities, a Cross-Sector Workforce. The Fall Regional Advisory will feature new labor market information from the Centers of Excellence at Los Rios and a panel discussion of leading industry employers to identify trends and explore partnership opportunities. The virtual meeting will focus on beverage inception, creation, production, distribution and retail, to inform Strong Workforce Program engagement between colleges and employers that highlight trends and career opportunities.

Register for the Beverage Industry Advisory Meeting.

Watch Virtual Manufacturing Tours

On National Manufacturing Day — October 2, 2020, nine Sacramento manufacturing professionals delivered 14 virtual presentations to provide hundreds of students with insights into the industry. Students appreciated hearing first hand from these representatives on how they navigated their career paths. Speakers included manufacturing engineers, CAD/CAM design engineers, CNC operators, welders, electro mechanical technicians, quality assurance/quality control representatives and industrial maintenance mechanics.

The movies are posted on the Edu2Mfg You Tube under the Mfg Day 2020 list of Virtual Tours. You can start watching them with the video below.

Use this link to see all the videos on the Virtual MFG DAY Tours 2020 list.

Industry Advisory Meet Oct. 16

Industry partners are invited to an Advisory Meeting to discuss workforce trends, challenges and initiatives in California for developing technicians and helping to close the skill gap. Who Should Attend:

  • Industry and Business stakeholders to share in the discussion.
  • Faculty, Deans and Administrators representing the Workforce Development and Career Technical Training Departments of the California Community College system to learn how to address skills gaps.
  • K-12 feeder school faculty and administrators to learn how to develop effective pathways.

The meeting is organized by Alan Braggins, Statewide Director, Advanced Manufacturing, California Community Colleges. Register Here

California Mobility Center will Train 500

The Sacramento City Council announced that more than $1.4 million in CARES Act funding will be used to launch the Workforce Training Career Pathways Program at the California Mobility Center (CMC). Over 500 people displaced from the labor force due to COVID-19 will access retraining through the center.

The program includes job-readiness and technical training for advanced manufacturing jobs that provide higher paying sustainable wages in a growing sector within the Sacramento region.

The CMC expects to serve as a global innovation and commercialization hub for the future mobility sector. It will also assist clean mobility startups and established entities with prototyping, testing, digitizing, manufacturing and the commercialization of new products in the clean mobility sector. Working with universities, community colleges and other organizations, the Center will identify demand for new training programs. It will also align existing programs to the requirements of the clean tech mobility industry.

“We are very grateful to the City of Sacramento for their strong support. This new workforce training program is a holistic and integrated approach to provide the future mobility sector with trained workers. Interns and students from the adult training programs, colleges and universities will work alongside the CMC, mobility startups, and other manufacturing companies in the region,” said Mark Rawson, Chief Operating Officer of CMC.

With key support from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the CMC has established strong partnerships with technical training providers and community-based organizations such as Los Rios Community College, Sacramento State University, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy, La Familia Counseling Center, Greater Sacramento Urban League, Asian Resources Incorporated and Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative.

“The CMC is a comprehensive program that takes technology innovation to the marketplace, while creating clean, green, good paying jobs in our community,” said Arlen Orchard, SMUD CEO and Board Chair of the CMC.

“This career pathways program will ensure that residents disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, have new career opportunities and can fully benefit from the California Mobility Center and the companies it attracts to the region.”

The CARES Act funding will enable the CMC to train 500 people before the end of the year and it will facilitate the placement of up to 100 interns at local advanced manufacturing companies — paving the way for future workforce development in this emerging sector.

“The opportunities created by the CMC will ensure our region’s residents can not only re-enter the workforce but re-enter the workforce highly trained in an industry seeing an exponential future growth trajectory,” said Sacramento City Council Member, Eric Guerra. “The CMC is the perfect catalyst to get our region’s economy thriving after such challenging times.”

Virtual Tours Offered on National Manufacturing Day

As part of National Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2020, over 260 Sacramento-area college and high school students will participate in 13 virtual tours of local advanced manufacturing companies.

Across the country, manufacturers are hosting events on October 2 for National Manufacturing Day 2020. The goal is to attract students who like to create with their hands to highly paid, in-demand manufacturing careers. In addition, Manufacturing Day increases awareness of the contributions of manufacturers to the Sacramento region as well as state and national economy.

Tours are being offered by AMW Design, Garner Products, Inc., Harris & Bruno International, Kratos, Siemens Mobility and Tri Tool, among others. Fourteen schools are participating in 13 virtual tours, reaching over 260 Career Technical Education students. Presentations will be made representatives such as a manufacturing engineer, CAD/CAM design engineer, CNC operator, welder, electro mechanical technician, quality assurance/quality control and industrial maintenance mechanic.

When students can talk with employees about careers through the zoom tours, they can start to see themselves in similar roles in the future.

Connecting students to employers is critical to attracting them to work in the field, explained Dean Peckham, President, Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI).

“Sacramento is home to manufacturers of life saving medical devices, food that is shipped worldwide, robotics used in scientific exploration, components for energy saving electric vehicles and many more innovative companies that are making a positive impact on the world,” said Peckham. “When students can talk with employees about careers through the zoom tours, they can start to see themselves in similar roles in the future.”

Manufacturing professionals who are members of SME Sacramento Valley and SVMI, are working closely with educators to celebrate the national event, according to Jeff Briggs, Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing North Region, California Community Colleges, housed at Sierra College.

“Students benefit from seeing work environments and are inspired when they learn about career opportunities from those working in the industry,” said Briggs. “Virtual tours have proven to be impactful.”

SVMI is also hosting Manufacturing Day for Manufacturers on October 29.

Autodesk® Innovative Camping Product Design Competition

Autodesk® announced the fourth student mini design competition, offered August 24 to Sept. 4. The challenge is to develop an innovative new camping product using Autodesk® Fusion 360. The purpose of these design competitions is to continue to motivate and engage students to sharpen their CAD skills and build up their resume. The first place winner’s prize is a 3D Space Mouse. Students sign up here.

This was the design winner from the previous challenge:

Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Offered in Sacramento

The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) is partnering with the Charles A. Jones (CAJ) Career and Education Center in Sacramento to offer a Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship program. The first session starts November 5 and is a 90 hour program held over five weeks. Seven sessions will run from January through September 2021. Currently they plan remote education followed with lab work when it is allowed.

Participants register with both CAJ and Cal Jobs, a process that can take 2-4 weeks. The cost is $500 and that is refunded by Cal Jobs in proportion with attendance. Look at the CAJ Catalog section about the pre-apprenticeship.

Learn more at the Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center website; it is a public adult school operated by the Sacramento City Unified School District. Below are the planned topics:

  • Intro to Advanced Manufacturing
  • Additive Processes
  • Subtractive Processes
  • Forming Processes
  • Joining Processes
  • Soft Products, Sewing, Textiles
  • Surface Finishing Processes
  • Manufacturing Support Systems
  • Manufacturing Safety
  • Use of Basic Hand Tools &
  • Components and Terminology
  • Critical Thinking and Proper
  • Troubleshooting Techniques
  • Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways

SVMI Virtual Manufacturing Career Day – Oct. 2

To inspire students to consider manufacturing careers, Sacramento area businesses are hosting virtual tours and giving presentations to classes in celebration of National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 2. This event is being sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturers Initiative (SVMI).

The goal is to connect employers with the rising generation of students and expose them to career options related to manufacturing, explained Steve Dicus, Advanced Manufacturing North Region, California Community Colleges.  “Each presentation will be a standalone event,” said Dicus.  “The 45-minute sessions will show where the presenters work and some of the typical tools they use, as well as include a discussion of typical tasks and daily activities.  In addition, the presenters will address the pay range for their particular careers, the training and certification needed, and future outlook for these careers.”

The presenters include:

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Technical Tester
  • Process Engineer
  • Welder
  • Quality Assurance & Inspection
  • CNC machine operator

Additionally, the presenters are being asked to share:

  • What made you interested in this career?

  • What was your path to getting to this position?

  • What was the most helpful class in school and why?

  • What is the best advice for someone getting into this career?

Instructors should contact Steve Dicus if they’d like to participate in these live presentations on October 2. There will be morning and afternoon sessions.

The National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute are the sponsors of National Manufacturing Day across the United States.

CMTC COVID Recovery Webinars

California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) is hosting three upcoming webinars specifically for manufacturers:

Tips for Borrowing Money During a Disaster (Part 1)Weds., August 19, 2020 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT Register in advance for this webinar here

COVID-19 Best Practices: How to Protect Your Employees & WorkplaceWeds., August 26, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT Register in advance for this webinar here

Tips for Borrowing Money During a Disaster (Part 2)Weds., Sept. 2, 2020 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT Register in advance for this webinar here

CMTC partners is affiliated with a variety of agencies to provide manufacturers more expansive support and services. Partnerships involve a shared commitment and a leveraging of capacities beyond what would be possible if each partner were working alone. With the combining of resources, capabilities and core competencies, together we can provide small and mid-sized manufacturers consulting and technical services that allow manufacturers to sustain, grow and develop a competitive edge in today’s difficult economy.