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.

Colleges Offer Summer and Fall Manufacturing Classes

Yuba College is offering a summer WELD 83 class that covers an introduction to MIG, TIG and CNC plasma. Students can also register for the fall MFGT 34, an introduction to CNC course. Learn more about Manufacturing Technology at Yuba College.

Sierra College will be offering ADVM 62 during the summer session. Also Mech-1, a general education science class for non-Mechatronics majors, is also offered during the summer. There are still some open seats in the Sierra College Mechatronics entry-level fall courses, despite class size being limited to half of the normal headcount due to COVID. If the college returns to normal class sizes, even more students will be able to register. Learn more under Applied Technologies.

At Sacramento City College learn more about the Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Technician program.

Folsom Lake College is offering Modern Making certificate.

Find Classroom Design Challenges

Instructors attending the Edu2Mfg Train the Trainer session in May 2020 suggested that it would be helpful to share design challenges. These can range from something simple to engage students at the beginning of class to a more involved project to start off a new unit. Many involve just a few supplies such as paper clips, paper and scissors. Pete Delosa, Golden Sierra High School, has set up a Google drive that you can add your projects to and browse other teachers’ design challenges. Check out Design Challenges.

Sierra College Hosts Training for Manufacturing Teachers

On Saturday, May 22, the North Regional California Community College Advanced Manufacturing initiative (Edu2Mfg) brought together eight high school and community college instructors came together at an approved gathering in the Sierra College Mechatronics lab . Emerging from the government imposed restrictions, participants expressed delight to be attending the in-person training after suffering from a year of zoom fatigue.
Roy Ingram, Sierra College Mechatronics instructor, kicked off the gathering by providing each attendee with a battery, wire and a magnet. They were tasked to construct their own simple motor. The activity spawned a discussion on how electromagnetism and current flow made the motor spin.
During the session, Louie Garcia, Sierra College Building Trades instructor, described how he made a Litchenberg Wood Burning device. After he demonstrated its use, Steve Dicus with Edu2Mfg that they had to hold the teachers back who wanted to try the new process. “We are hoping to hold a workshop this summer where participants can make and take one of these devises for their labs,” said Dicus.

To add value to the training, each participant brought a teaching aid, student project or something to share that the others might find useful, explained Dicus. “Pete Delosa, Golden Sierra High School, described how he challenged his students to build a simple bridge to create the maximum span with a single piece of 8.5 x 11 paper,” said Dicus. “Pete graciously agreed to set up a Google drive folder where all the teachers could upload simple student challenges they use to give other instructors ideas for lesson enhancements. During the session, other teachers chimed in with projects and student challenges they used to engage and instruct their students.”
At the end of the program there was a consensus that participants would like to visit each other’s shops and labs over the summer to gain fresh ideas on ways to engage the “rising generation.”

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.

Edu2Mfg Newsletter for May 2021

In the May 2021 newsletter, find out about the new SVMA manufacturing apprenticeship, Autodesk design challenge, Sierra College Mechatronics training for employers and the results of the manufacturing career fair. This edition includes other information on college grants, new certificate in Manufacturing Technology at Folsom Lake College and professional development opportunities.

Read the Edu2Mfg May 2021 newsletter.

April 2021 Newsletter for Manufacturers and Educators

In the April Advanced Manufacturing newsletter, learn about the impact Chris Potts of Kratos had on students at Consumnes Oaks High School. Also, a new manufacturing apprenticeship developed by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance has been approved by the Department of Labor. In addition, find out about upcoming advisory meetings, career fairs, presentations and professional development.

Read the April 2021 edition of the Edu2Mfg Newsletter.

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.

Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Meeting – April 6

Franz Veitschegger, Chair of Advanced Manufacturing, Sierra College, invites colleagues and industry partners to an Advisory meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 5-7 PM. The meeting will be held on zoom.
Please rsvp to Rachelle Smith, Career Education Liaison, at rsmithcel@gmail.com or 530 320-6347.

Agenda:

5:00 Introductions

5:20

  • On ground classes and COVID
  • Review of program and classes/ Current Certificates and Degrees
  • How we are responding to industry needs
  • Proposed modifications to ADVM 63/64
  • Equipment upgrades
  • Internships
  • Industry Speakers / Field Trips

6:00 Discussion and Recommendations

  • Industry changes and Advisory Board input
  • Workforce recommendations
  • Closing