The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA) is starting a new Virtual Speaker Series. It is intended to be a platform for manufacturers to showcase their products and services, foster peer to peer collaboration and build knowledge of the local supply chain. Michelle Stofan and Justin Stofan of Garner Products Inc. will be the first featured speakers in the series starting in April. Garner Products Inc. is based in Roseville and designs, manufactures and sells equipment that delivers complete, permanent and verifiable data elimination. Register here for the SVMA Virtual Speaker program on Tuesday, April 20, from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. The recorded program is below:
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.
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 email@example.com or 530 320-6347.
- 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
- Industry Speakers / Field Trips
6:00 Discussion and Recommendations
- Industry changes and Advisory Board input
- Workforce recommendations
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.
Quality 503: Improving Your Root Cause and Corrective Action Process
April 13 – 11:00am Root cause analysis is a collective term that describes a range of tools and techniques used to uncover causes of manufacturing problems. It is a foundational element of Six Sigma, every Quality program certification, and an integral part of a manufacturer’s continuous improvement approach. We will examine the proper application of its elements in this technical webinar. Register
Current State of Metal Additive Manufacturing: Processes & Materials
April 15 – 10:00am Learn about how the latest advances in Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes and materials for metals manufacturing can create new opportunities for innovation and profitability. CMTC Event Information
April 28 – 11:00am During this webinar, Marketing and Management Consulting Principle Lawrence Kirsh will provide an overview of Strategic Planning and how it differs from a business or financial plan, its importance to a company, and the key aspects of a strategic plan. CMTC Event Information
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
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.
Teach Mechatronics? Parallax Inc. is offering Propeller 2 Developer Bundles to those teaching Mechatronics to sample and provide feedback.
Parallax announced: “To support the professors with Fall 2021 course integration in mind, we’re sampling a half-dozen Propeller 2 Developer Bundles for evaluation, through March. The requirements of the program are basic: you’re a mechatronics professor; you’ll participate in one Zoom focus group meeting with other mechatronics professors in May to share ideas; and, you’ll provide us with some feedback on your interests for applications.” Send your request to the Parallax Inc. Education Hotline.
CMTC and Parallax announced these webinars which may be of interest to instructors and industry partners.
March 9 – 11 AM CMTC 10 Steps to Preparing Your Manufacturing Business for a Sale
March 12 – 1 PM CMTC California Manufacturing Technology Consulting Executive Talk | by TMA BlueTech
March 16 — 10 AM CMTC How Printed Tooling, Fixtures, & Jigs Can Improve Productivity in CNC Shops
March 17 — 11 AM CMTC Quality 501: How to Become a Customer’s Premium Supplier
Mar. 23 — 2 PM Parallax and cyber.org – What’s a Microcontroller? for Python with the micro:bit v2.0 Module Part 2
March 24 — 11 AM CMTC Guidance on Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temp. COVID-19 Standard for Manufacturers
April 21 — 11 AM CMTC Guidance on Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temp. COVID-19 Standard for Manufacturers
Di Jin, Account Manager, Autodesk Education Experiences, Autodesk®, announced at the February Shop Talk that Autodesk® Fusion 360® is now available as a web app for all students and educators — no download required. Jin has been an amazing resource to educators during COVID, according to Jeff Briggs, Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing, North Region. “Di attends the Shop Talk to share updates and takes educators’ questions and ideas back to the Autodesk® team,” said Briggs.
Many manufacturing instructors use Autodesk® Fusion 360®, an integrated 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool, to prepare students with critical skills for employment. The company learned that as many as 600,000 students across California lacked computing devices for remote instruction, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, at the California Department of Education.
Autodesk® announced: “In a move to promote equality of opportunity and access to technology, Autodesk is making Fusion 360 available on all devices with a modern browser. The move marks a continued push for accessibility in the Autodesk Education Community, following the widespread success of Fusion 360 for Chromebooks.”
To get started with the Fusion 360 web app, visit the Autodesk® website from any device with a keyboard (this excludes tablets and mobile phones such as iPads and iPhones), and log in using your educational account credentials. For more information, please visit the Autodesk® FAQ page.