New Manufacturing Apprenticeship Approved

The Department of Labor has approved a new manufacturing apprenticeship program developed by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance. The program includes eight levels of apprenticeship competency and combines college coursework with on-the-job training.

The skills include:

Machining Safety Process
CNC Machine Preventive Maintenance
Process Planning
Computer Aided Design
Computer Aided Machining, Turning And Milling
Workholding Design And Qualification
CNC Machine Set-Up
Tool Selection / Special Tool Design
Machine Operation / Prove Program
Secondary Operations Process
Deburring / Finishing Process
Shop Floor Quality Process

Local community college courses will fulfill some of the requirements. Colleges involved include American River College, Consumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, Sacramento City College, Sierra College and Yuba College.

For more information, contact Michael Bell at (916)432-0741 or by email.

Manufacturing Career Fairs Will be Held in Sacramento

The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA), the CA Mobility Center, Charles A Jones Career & Education Center, Asian Resources, Inc, LaFamilia Counseling Center, and the Greater Sacramento Urban League are partnering to host several manufacturing career fairs at various Sacramento locations in April. These free events are made possible by City of Sacramento CARES funding and a SETA Regional Planning Initiative Grant. They will be held:

April 15 — Charles A Jones Career & Education Center
April 21 — LaFamilia Counseling Center
April 27 — Greater Sacramento Urban League

You can register to attend through this Sacramento Manufacturing Career Fair event link.

Employers interested in participating as an exhibitor highlighting your company and/or career opportunities, should contact Dean Peckham, Executive Director, SVMA.

Check out the Fair Flyer.

Kratos Hosts March Breakfast with a Manufacturer

Kicking off the month of March, Chris Potts, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineer with Kratos, hosted Edu2Mfg’s “Breakfast with a Manufacturer.” Potts spent 35 minutes sharing his experience in engineering with the 23 students from Matt Winn’s, Consumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove, Principles of Engineering A class.

Kratos develops and fields transformative, affordable systems, platforms and products for national security and communications needs. Kratos is changing the way breakthroughs are brought rapidly to these markets through proven commercial technology approaches, including proactive research and streamlined development processes. Kratos is focused in areas where tech advances can have a force multiplier effect, such as unmanned systems, satellite communications, C5ISR, warfighter training and combat systems.

Potts shared with the students what got him interested in the field of engineering while he was in high school. He detailed his journey of strengthening his knowledge at California State University Sacramento where he earned both a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering.

As part of the presentation, Potts shared some nonproprietary 3D modeled images he had created for the drones that Kratos produces. In addition, he talked about rapid prototyping and composite engineering systems used at Kratos.

Potts encouraged the students to keep up their proficiency in the various digital formats, as this will be essential to staying current with the ever-changing world of technology. At the same time, he stressed the need to become proficient in being able to use pencil and paper to communicate an idea via a sketch.

CADENCE Defense Industry Manufacturing Internships will be Offered at Sierra College

Sierra College was selected to participate in the Governor’s Office Department of Defense (DoD) CADENCE grant student internship project. CADENCE project activities will focus on supporting California suppliers in the defense innovation and manufacturing base that are involved in the advancement of specific key technologies or supply chains including microelectronics, fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology, cyber, space, artificial intelligence, and fully networked command, control and communications (FNC3).

Defense manufacturing community consortium firms will benefit from access to a pipeline of talent to meet their workforce needs. CADENCE includes 15 project components executed by a consortium comprised of community, industry, state agencies, and educational institutions. This will provide an experiential learning opportunity where students can benefit from real world applications to their course of study. Colleges will benefit from faculty who bring the needs of industry to the classroom and infuse industry-validated curriculum into their educational programs.

This unique work-based learning project, managed by the California Community Colleges (CCC) Business & Entrepreneurship Sector, involves placing 20 student interns and 10 faculty externs at California defense manufacturing community consortium firms. Each college selected will receive $8,500 ($8,000 for faculty stipends plus $500 for faculty travel expenses).

Sierra College will recruit two student interns from Cybersecurity and Business Entrepreneurship programs, and two faculty mentors.  The faculty externs/coaches will act as liaisons between the California defense manufacturing community consortium companies and student interns. Faculty members will oversee recruitment of student interns, help negotiate the scope of the student internships with the companies and advise the students as they perform the internships. Students will also be encouraged to enroll in their college’s work experience/work study programs to earn college credit for the paid internships.

Learn more at: Governor’s Office DoD CADENCE Student Internship Project

March 2021 Edu2Mfg Newsletter

In the March 2021 newsletter, we report on the most recent Shop Talk where Randy Schuster, Design Hub, American River College, gave a presentation on using simulations for remote instruction and the Breakfast with a Manufacturer where Mike Bell discussed careers with Cordova High School students. In addition, Autodesk®, announced that Fusion 360® is now available as a web app for students and educators. Parallax Inc. is offering Propeller 2 Developer Bundles to Mechatronics instructors. See the report on the success of the California Mobility Center (CMC) and Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center CMC Careers Pathways Program to prepare workers for manufacturing jobs. Also find announcements of other resources and webinars that may interest manufacturers and Career Technical Education instructors.

Read the Edu2Mfg March 2021 Newsletter

Partners Offer Training to Develop Manufacturing Employees

Several partnerships in the Sacramento region are preparing people, especially those who lost jobs during the COVID pandemic, to enter manufacturing careers.

The California Mobility Center (CMC) and Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center have partnered to prepare workers for manufacturing jobs through the CMC Careers Pathways Program, supported by the Sacramento COVID Relief Workforce Recovery Program. The primary focus is to assist participants with employment placement. They offer an 80-hour job readiness training, technical training, internships and job placement. Results include:

  • 297 Community Based Organization (CBO) participants
  • 285 CBO Job Readiness completers
  • 38 students enrolled in technical training at Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center
  • 8 people placed in manufacturing employment
  • 17 people placed in internships

The Charles A. Jones (CAJ) Career & Education Center and Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA) are collaborating to offer entry-level training to attract people to the manufacturing industry. Synbyo, Aerometals, Comcast, Farm Fresh 2U and Siemens are supporting the “Manufacturing Cares” program by hiring participants. So far, 12 have found employment and seven are currently interning with CMC.

Moving forward, the CAJ Career & Education Center is adding forklift and OSHA 10 safety training as stand alone courses. In addition, the 90-hour introduction to manufacturing course will be repurposed to prepare individuals to be machine operators, ready for apprenticeship training and employment programs. Learn more at Manufacturing Cares.

Cordova High School Joined the February Breakfast with a Manufacturer

On February 11, 2021, Cordova High School participated in the Breakfast with a Manufacturer series, arranged by Edu2Mfg in partnership with the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance. Twenty-seven students in Faith Caplin’s advanced engineering class spent an hour virtually interacting with Mike Bell, Mechanical Engineer.  Bell has a wide range of experience as an engineer and as a faculty member at both California State University Sacramento and Sierra College.  
Bell offered the students a thorough overview of what manufacturing engineers do on the job. He explained many aspects of an engineer’s involvement in manufacturing projects. Bell also shared the wide variety of interesting experiences students might have if they embark on a manufacturing career.
When asked what skill set would benefit students most in the future, Bell said, “Have a working knowledge of software development and how software is an integral part of various technologies.”

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.