Shop Talk Aug. 4 -Online CTE

In the August 4, 2020 Edu2Mfg Shop Talk, college and high school advanced manufacturing instructors discuss their preparations for school starting. With the pandemic, Career Technical Education teachers in the greater Sacramento region have had to be creative in teaching hands-on manufacturing skills remotely. In these Shop Talk calls, participants share information about kits they are assembling for students, simulation programs they are incorporating and cleaning methods if they are allowing small group labs in person.

23 Advanced Manufacturing educators participate in Shop Talk to share remote teaching techniques and tools.

See some of the Edu2Mfg online teaching resources

San Diego County Dept. of Education online teaching resources

CCC – California Virtual Campus resources

CCCCO San Diego-Imperial Region Advanced Manufacturing resources

SME Manufacturing Expo planned for Oct. 8, 2020

Plan to attend SME’s Manufacturing Expo on Oct. 8 at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento. Gain valuable insights, connections and resources as you network with manufacturing professionals, high school and college students, and educational counselors.

The Expo is sponsored by the North/Far North California Community Colleges, MUN CPAs, the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) and Siemens Mobility, Inc. The Expo will showcase over 100 industry trade booths, offer 13 breakout sessions and have a keynote presentation by Siemens Mobility Director of Quality Management, Kevin McGrew. 

Attendees will get a firsthand look at new products, comprehensive services and integrated solutions offered by exhibitors.

Learn more and register at the SME MFG Expo website.    

SME Manufacturing Expo planned for Oct. 2021

UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 virus and with the public health and safety of the greater Sacramento community of utmost concern, SME has decided to postpone the 2020 Manufacturing Expo to October 2021.

Plan to attend SME’s Manufacturing Expo on Oct. 8 at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento. Gain valuable insights, connections and resources as you network with manufacturing professionals, high school and college students, and educational counselors.

The Expo is sponsored by the North/Far North California Community Colleges, MUN CPAs, the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) and Siemens Mobility, Inc. The Expo will showcase over 100 industry trade booths, offer 13 breakout sessions and have a keynote presentation by Siemens Mobility Director of Quality Management, Kevin McGrew. 

Attendees will get a firsthand look at new products, comprehensive services and integrated solutions offered by exhibitors.

Learn more and register at the SME MFG Expo website.    

Parallax Teacher Training

Parallax Inc. is offering complimentary Summer Teacher training to technology educators in the U.S. Each of these courses feature the cyber:bot robot with micro:bit and introduce Python programming, electronics and cyber security following the cyber:bot tutorial series.  

Each course includes three 90 minute Zoom meetings, with homework in between. Parallax Inc. will be hosting two of the courses, and NICERC will be hosting the other two.

Click here to learn more about Parallax teacher training being offered in June, July and August 2020.

Shop Talk May 19, 2020

On May 19, 2020 over 20 educators and industry partners participated in Shop Talk to discuss Teaching Advanced Manufacturing classes remotely. Watch the recorded session below.

  1. Link on Edu2Mfg was shown to find the remote teaching tools shared by teachers https://edu2mfg.org/news/category/instructor-resources
  2. Onshape Representatives did a demonstration
  3. Jono Schwartz, Colfax High School, demonstrates the card game he invented to teach measurement “The Great American Measurement Toolbox” https://www.printplaygames.com/product/measurement-toolbox/

Find more Edu2Mfg Shop Talk recordings at the Edu2Mfg You Tube channel as well as under Shop Talk on the Edu2Mfg website on the news tab. Find Edu2Mfg instructor vetted instructional resources for teaching CTE remotely.

Makers to Entrepreneurial Careers – Sierra College Video

From machining to mechatronics, many students dream of turning their idea or prototype into a business someday. At Sierra College, the interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship program helps students find their inner entrepreneur.

The business planning class is based on Adobe® Kickbox model, the college connects students to a mentor network of successful founders and certificates prepare students from any major to become entrepreneurs.

In this video, a veteran and Sierra College student shares how he started producing vests after taking classes and uses the makerspace to manufacture products. Faculty members who are also serial entrepreneurs explain the program. Share this video with your students:

Information Technology Careers at Sierra College Video

Manufacturers, like most businesses, have a need for employees with Information Technology skills.

The IT program at Sierra College includes: networking, cyber security, data analytics, cloud computing and machine learning. Sierra College has been named a Center of Excellence for Cyber Security by the US Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Classes prepare students for many industry recognized certifications. Check out this video to learn more about IT Careers:

Sierra College Welding Careers Video

The Sierra College Welding program just posted a video featuring students, faculty members and industry partners sharing their passion for welding.

CMTC: Workplace Safety Webinar May 11

Webinar Name: COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for California Manufacturers
Date: May 11, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: No Cost; Register in advance for this webinar here
Presented by: CMTC – California’s Manufacturing Network

CMTC will be discussing the following:

·       Exposure Points

·       Safety Teams

·       Risk Mitigation

·       Sanitizing and Disinfecting

·       Communications

·       Q&A

Register in advance for this webinar here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any specific questions you would like answered, please submit them on the Webinar Registration Page. Feel free to share this email with other manufacturers who may be interested.

CNC Classes Use Modern Manufacturing Software

At Rocklin CA’s Sierra College, Advanced Manufacturing students are developing skills in Autodesk® Fusion 360™. This is an affordable software for Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), according to Sierra College’s Franz Veitschegger, Advanced Manufacturing department chair. “In a nut shell, CAD is basically three-dimensional (3D) modeling on the computer,” said Veitschegger.

“Once the 3D model is created in CAD, the cutting tool paths are created in CAM. The CAM tool paths are then ‘posted’ to the CNC milling machine so it can do the work of creating the part.”

Courses utilize Fusion 360

The following Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing classes taught at the Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing by Design at Sierra College include instruction on applying Fusion 360™.

62 – Introduction to 2D CAD/CAM

63 – Design Using Fusion 360™

66 – CNC Mill 3D Manufacturing

64 – Computer-Aided 2D Design (touches on Fusion 360™)

67 – CNC Three/Multi-Axis Milling

The college is in the process of developing  an Advanced Manufacturing AS degree, a skills certificate and a certificate of achievement.

For more information, check out the Sierra College website under Advanced Manufacturing. 

Fusion 360™ is Cost-effective Tool

Veitschegger believes that Fusion 360™ is an excellent tool because it is inexpensive. “ Fusion 360™ has the same capabilities as the expensive CAD/CAD software does,” said Veitschegger. “For small companies with a gross under $100K and students, Fusion 360™ is free. Even if you purchase the software, it’s around $300-$500 a year which is still really cheap.”

Fusion 360™ can be used for modeling, milling, turning lathes, water jet cutting, 3D printing, plasma cutting, rendering, professional drawings (2D prints), virtual product testing, running simulations, stress testing, thermal analysis …

Veitschegger explained that Fusion 360™ is updated frequently and widely used. “ Due to how powerful it is, the online support community and the cost, more companies are using Fusion 360™,” said Veitschegger.

There are many ways to use the software and modern manufacturers find it to be very efficient, indicated Veitschegger. “Fusion 360™ can be used for modeling, milling, turning lathes, water jet cutting, 3D printing, plasma cutting, rendering, professional drawings (2D prints), virtual product testing, running simulations, stress testing, thermal analysis and more,” said Veitschegger.

In addition to the courses offered in the catalog, Sierra College Training works with employers to customize CNC and Advanced Manufacturing training for employees.