Smart Manufacturing Webinar on Feb. 17

The Community Colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties have invited those in the Sacramento region to attend their manufacturing webinars on AutoDesk®, Smart Manufacturing, Automation, Health & Manufacturing and Industry Collaboration.

The February Advanced Manufacturing Sector Discussion Forum topic is Smart Manufacturing Technologies on Feb 17, 2021 at 3 PM. Register in advance for Smart Manufacturing Technologies. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CSU Chico Taking Applications for New Robotics Program

Students can now apply for the new Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Robotics BS program at California State University Chico. Graduates of this unique, multidisciplinary program are expected to become future leaders in California’s dynamic manufacturing industry. Learn more at the Chico Advanced Manufacturing webpage.

RuffStuff Hosts Podcast With Keith Granno, Selway Tools

RuffStuff Specialties is an off road vehicle parts production business based in Loomis. The company manufacturers do-it-yourself fabricator parts for vehicles such as suspension components, steering kits, brake kits, differential covers and various other weld on components. As part of their podcast series, Keith Granno from Selway Tools was recently a guest with RuffStuff leaders, Garrett Kittredge, CEO, Zack Love-Fredrickson, President and Mallory Kittredge, CFO.

Selway sells CNC manufacturing tools, including Haas and many others. With support from Sierra College STEM grants, many Placer and Nevada County schools were able to establish CNC labs with support and tools purchased from Selway. Granno has worked with educators throughout the Sacramento region.

Listen to the podcast for tips on purchasing new tools, selecting equipment, recommendations for entrepreneurs setting up machine shops and advice on what works and what doesn’t. Additionally, they discuss how the field has changed and the potential for students who choose manufacturing careers. Enjoy listening to the fun, fast moving conversation that will give you insights on this exciting industry. RuffStuff Podcast #18 Chatting with Keith from Selway

During the podcast, Granno recognized the impact of Carol Pepper-Kittredge, who retired from Sierra College, in supporting schools in the Sacramento region in developing machining programs to prepare students for emerging jobs in advanced manufacturing. From 2007-2014, Sierra College, with SB70 funds, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) and Strong Workforce investment, was significant in re-starting the regional workforce in CNC machining. Granno, with Selway’s network of experts, helped educators select appropriate tools as well as with programming and tooling.

Manufacturing has been making a come back in the United States over the past four years. With access to sophisticated machines and advanced software, employers are seeking skilled workers. In the Sacramento region, colleges and high schools have ramped up machining teaching programs to prepare those employees, with help from Keith Granno at Selway. Additionally, as machining is becoming more automated, the rapid growth is creating a need for experts in robotics.

Thanks to RuffStuff Specialties for allowing us to share this podcast. RuffStuff has been a long-time supporter of manufacturing education.

Manufacturing Cares Offers Free 90 Hours of Training and Internship

Manufacturing Cares, a collaboration between The Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center, SVMI, Sacramento COVID Relief Workforce Recovery Program and the CARES Act, is providing training for those considering the manufacturing field. The free program includes:
90 hours of intensive training
Five instructional weeks
A paid internship working in the manufacturing industry

Participants will learn OSHA-10 safety practices, forklift operation and gain an introduction to advanced manufacturing. The goal is to produce program graduates equipped with skills for entry-level work in manufacturing. They are also seeking employers interested in offering internships. Learn more at the Manufacturing Cares website.

Students Inspired by Virtual “Breakfast with a Manufacturer”

After the positive response to virtual manufacturing tours on National Manufacturing Day, we are now offering monthly “Breakfast with a Manufacturer” online events. The first offering on November 19 featured Cal Reynolds, President of Snowline Engineering, in Cameron Park. Pete Delosa’s Introduction to Design Engineering class at Golden Sierra Junior-Senior High School in Garden Valley participated.

The monthly presentation is co-sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) and the California Community Colleges North Region Advanced Manufacturing initiative to increase high school students’ awareness of manufacturing careers. Reynolds spent about 25 minutes speaking about his career path in manufacturing, followed by 15 minutes answering students’ questions.

Students appreciated how forthright he was in saying that he hadn’t been a good student in high school. He indicated that if it weren’t for a ROP teacher who took an interest in him and his mechanical abilities, he probably wouldn’t have graduated on time.

Reynolds recalled that the ROP teacher helped get him a job in a machine shop where he began by deburring parts. Over time, he learned to make the parts while operating manual manufacturing machines. It wasn’t until years later, at the age of 39, that Reynolds got his Mechanical Engineering degree from Sacramento State University.

About 20 years ago, Reynolds had the opportunity to buy Snowline Engineering and now is the President of the company. With more than 45 employees, Snowline Engineering manufactures parts for companies such as Space X, Siemens and Honeywell.

When asked what classes he suggested students take while in school, Reynolds encouraged those interested in a manufacturing careers to focus on math and physical science classes. Additionally, he strongly recommended that all students take any class related to technology, since he anticipates that many future careers will require employees to be actively engaged in some form of digital technology.

Shop Talk – Creative Solutions to Arranging High School Internships

During the November 2020 Shop Talk, Derek Lee with PilotCity described how they’ve been successful in setting up internships for high school students in San Leandro and other Bay Area cities. Students build hands-on projects in the classroom to address real problems faced by businesses and submit prototypes to the companies for consideration. Students are awarded internships to execute the project for the businesses.

Join Shop Talk: The next Edu2Mfg Shop Talk will be on Tuesday, January 12 at 3:30 PM. Instructors will discuss how to host an effective advisory meeting online and share best practices to engage employers during the remote sessions. To join these Shop Talk calls, please Click Here to request access and/or get on the list for future notifications.
Watch Shop Talk: Previous recorded Shop Talk calls are available on the Edu2Mfg website.
Resources: See List of Shop Talk Resources on the website.

Global Entrepreneurship Program Features CNC Inventor

Perry Campbell, CEO of SwissMak, was the featured speaker for Sierra College’s Global Entrepreneurship Week mentor night. Over 60 attended, watching the mill in action, meeting his staff, touring his facility and asking many questions of the team based in Taiwan. Campbell was a student who benefited from mentoring and resources to set up operations in Taiwan to manufacture the CNC hybrid mill-turn center he invented. At Sierra College, the Affiliate Mentor Program (AMP) is a team of local experts who mentor budding entrepreneurs by commenting on start-up pitches and providing access to resources at no charge. More information on Mentor Night.

You can watch the SwissMak Tour here; it starts at minute 14.

New Virtual “Breakfast with a Manufacturer” Starts in November

With virtual tours being so successful on National Manufacturing Day, October 2, the regional Education to Manufacturing project will partner with SVMI and SME Sacramento Valley to offer monthly “Breakfast with a Manufacturer” remote events for college and high school classes.

The first presentation will be held on Tuesday, November 17. Cal Reynolds, President of Snowline Engineering, Cameron Park will present. Snowline Engineering is a state of the art manufacturing business enterprise which specializes in precision machining and sheet metal, fabrication and assembly.

The first school to participate will be Pete Delosa’s Introduction to Design Engineering class at Golden Sierra Junior-Senior High School in Garden Valley. The virtual tour and session will be recorded and made available to other teachers.

CA Mobility Center Connects Employers to Interns

In partnership with the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) and other community organizations, the CA Mobility Center is piloting a Career Pathways Program in electric mobility and manufacturing and seeks employers to offer internships. 

Thanks to the City of Sacramento and CARES Act, funding is currently available to offset the cost of the program. These costs include technical assistance for employers and intern salaries. The internships are expected to be a minimum of 120 hours. Interns will be ready for placement as early as November.

The program provides students with job-readiness and basic technical training for electric mobility and manufacturing occupations as well as an internship.

More information for employers here.

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.