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.

Attend the Manufacturing Job Fair on August 20

The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA), the Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center (CAJ) and the CA Mobility Center (CMC) are hosting the region’s first manufacturers only job fair on August 20, 2021. The event will be held at Charles A. Jones, 5451 Lemon Hill Ave., Sacramento CA 95824 from 10 am to 2 pm in the school’s auditorium.

See the invitation and get tickets to attend.

Companies that are interested in recruiting talent and connecting with industry partners should sign up now to participate in the manufacturing career fair. Contact Deck Peckham, Executive Director, SVMA at or call 916-508-0892. Current students and recent graduates from the CAJ Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program will also attend.

Companies and participants can discuss career opportunities in the industry and the various paths to enter the field, explained Jeff Briggs, CCC Advanced Manufacturing. “Students and those considering a career change are encouraged to attend to learn more about local, well paid, hands-on careers where employees can see the results of their labor,” said Briggs. “Sacramento manufacturers produce food shipped globally, medical devices that save lives, components used in the transportation industry and innovative energy efficient products.”

According to Dean Peckham, the fair will be open to the general public. “SVMA’s partnership with CAJ is the cornerstone of our workforce development efforts to develop a motivated and well-trained workforce to meet our region’s workforce needs,” said Peckham. “Join us and meet the amazing staff at Charles A. Jones. We will also be offering tours of the Regional Manufacturing Training Center at 2 pm.”

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.

Pre-Apprenticeship Program Gains Momentum

The Charles A. Jones (CAJ) Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program has been evolving for over two years, explained Dean Peckham, Executive Director, Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA).
“The CAJ Pre-Apprenticeship Program is just the first step towards the SVMA Apprenticeship Program, leading to credentials as CNC Machinists, Precision Welders, Industrial Maintenance Mechanics, Quality Assurance Technicians, Electromechanical Technicians and Textile Manufacturing Technicians,” said Peckham. “This has been a labor of love for many of us, creating opportunities for adults who may have never heard of manufacturing career pathways until they were introduced to Charles A. Jones.” The most recent cohort from the CAJ Pre-Apprenticeship Program graduated at the end of July.

Check out the orientation events held each Wednesday:

At the CAJ Orientation, you will learn about how to sign up for High School Equivalency preparation classes or Career Education programs.
When: In Person Orientation every Wednesday at 9:15 AM (Except holidays and break periods)
Where: 5451 Lemon Hill Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824
Who: Anyone interested. Must be 18 years or older to enroll in Adult Education Programs.
No appointment necessary.

Learn more by contacting Mike Bell (916) 432-0741 or go to CAJ.

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.

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.

SME Manufacturing Expo Planned for October

In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, SME will host a Manufacturing Expo on October 1, 2021 from 7AM-4PM at the Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Dr., Rancho Cordova CA. The Expo will connect the regional manufacturing network and is presented by the California Community Colleges North Far North Regional Consortium. Companies interested in being sponsors or exhibiting and those interested in attending can register at the SME 2021 Expo website.

Sierra College Mechatronics Career Fair Held at Harris & Bruno

The Sierra College Mechatronics career fair was held on May 21 at Harris & Bruno International in Roseville. Students had an opportunity to talk with many Sacramento area manufacturing companies to learn about employment openings.

Tony Osladil, Mechatronics Department Chair, Sierra College, reported that industry partners responded positively to the event. “Despite our reduced number of graduates this semester due to COVID distancing requirements in our labs, I was glad to hear that businesses indicated that it was well worth the time to come and talk with students,” said Osladil. “I look forward to getting back to our usual 20+ graduates per semester starting in the fall.”
Not only did Harris & Bruno host the event, the company graciously provided lunch for the attendees. “The barbeque was excellent,” said Osladil. “With the college still being hesitant to have events on campus, Harris & Bruno’s hosting of this event was greatly appreciated. The company has been a partner of the Mechatronics program since our very beginning over 15 years ago and continues to be a valued industry partner and leader in the local business community. Thank you to Courtney, Teresa, and Nick for making this happen.”
Osladil indicated that the next Sierra College Mechatronics career fair will be planned for November 2021. In the meantime, he is taking feedback from companies on ways to enhance the event. Contact Tony Osladil.

Considering dual enrollment?

Jeff Briggs, Regional Director, California Community Colleges Advanced Manufacturing North Region, works as a liaison between high school teachers and college programs. If you have questions about dual enrollment, Jeff can help.

As a workforce development solution, dual enrollment shortens the time it takes for a student to start a manufacturing career and fill the pipeline with qualified graduates. Contact Jeff Briggs by email and learn more about Dual Enrollment at California Community Colleges.