Virtual Institute on Attracting Women to Skilled Manufacturing Careers – Sept. 15-16

Discuss best practices for hiring, training, and retaining women and help the manufacturing industry build a more robust talent pipeline.

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 Tuesday, September 15

Why Women: The Importance of Women to the Manufacturing Sector

Hear from federal officials and national and local leaders about the impact women workers have had and can have in the manufacturing sector. Then, catch an honest discussion between tradeswomen and employers as they strategize collective solutions for recruiting and retaining women in manufacturing. 

Wednesday, September 16

What Works: Recruiting and Retaining Women in Manufacturing

Learn how to address implicit bias in application and assessment practices and how to create an equitable preparatory/pre-apprenticeship program. Then, understand the experiences of women of color in manufacturing, and gain practical skills in understanding microaggressions and becoming an ally in support of tradeswomen’s success.

Join JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based LearningChicago Women in the Trades, and West Virginia Women Work Inc. on September 15 and 16, 2020 for a virtual institute on hiring and supporting women in manufacturing careers.

This free Introduction to Equity and Inclusion event will provide manufacturing industry leaders with a unique opportunity to learn about best practices and hear from federal officials, national leaders and tradeswomen about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 

This event is hosted by JFF’s Center for Apprenticeship & Work-Based Learning, Chicago Women in the Trades and West Virginia Women Work, Inc. It is made possible by an Industry Partner Intermediary contract with the U.S. Department of Labor.

CMTC COVID Recovery Webinars

California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) is hosting three upcoming webinars specifically for manufacturers:

Tips for Borrowing Money During a Disaster (Part 1)Weds., August 19, 2020 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT Register in advance for this webinar here

COVID-19 Best Practices: How to Protect Your Employees & WorkplaceWeds., August 26, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT Register in advance for this webinar here

Tips for Borrowing Money During a Disaster (Part 2)Weds., Sept. 2, 2020 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT Register in advance for this webinar here

CMTC partners is affiliated with a variety of agencies to provide manufacturers more expansive support and services. Partnerships involve a shared commitment and a leveraging of capacities beyond what would be possible if each partner were working alone. With the combining of resources, capabilities and core competencies, together we can provide small and mid-sized manufacturers consulting and technical services that allow manufacturers to sustain, grow and develop a competitive edge in today’s difficult economy.

CMTC: Workplace Safety Webinar May 11

Webinar Name: COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for California Manufacturers
Date: May 11, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: No Cost; Register in advance for this webinar here
Presented by: CMTC – California’s Manufacturing Network

CMTC will be discussing the following:

·       Exposure Points

·       Safety Teams

·       Risk Mitigation

·       Sanitizing and Disinfecting

·       Communications

·       Q&A

Register in advance for this webinar here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any specific questions you would like answered, please submit them on the Webinar Registration Page. Feel free to share this email with other manufacturers who may be interested.

CNC Classes Use Modern Manufacturing Software

At Rocklin CA’s Sierra College, Advanced Manufacturing students are developing skills in Autodesk® Fusion 360™. This is an affordable software for Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), according to Sierra College’s Franz Veitschegger, Advanced Manufacturing department chair. “In a nut shell, CAD is basically three-dimensional (3D) modeling on the computer,” said Veitschegger.

“Once the 3D model is created in CAD, the cutting tool paths are created in CAM. The CAM tool paths are then ‘posted’ to the CNC milling machine so it can do the work of creating the part.”

Courses utilize Fusion 360

The following Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing classes taught at the Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing by Design at Sierra College include instruction on applying Fusion 360™.

62 – Introduction to 2D CAD/CAM

63 – Design Using Fusion 360™

66 – CNC Mill 3D Manufacturing

64 – Computer-Aided 2D Design (touches on Fusion 360™)

67 – CNC Three/Multi-Axis Milling

The college is in the process of developing  an Advanced Manufacturing AS degree, a skills certificate and a certificate of achievement.

For more information, check out the Sierra College website under Advanced Manufacturing. 

Fusion 360™ is Cost-effective Tool

Veitschegger believes that Fusion 360™ is an excellent tool because it is inexpensive. “ Fusion 360™ has the same capabilities as the expensive CAD/CAD software does,” said Veitschegger. “For small companies with a gross under $100K and students, Fusion 360™ is free. Even if you purchase the software, it’s around $300-$500 a year which is still really cheap.”

Fusion 360™ can be used for modeling, milling, turning lathes, water jet cutting, 3D printing, plasma cutting, rendering, professional drawings (2D prints), virtual product testing, running simulations, stress testing, thermal analysis …

Veitschegger explained that Fusion 360™ is updated frequently and widely used. “ Due to how powerful it is, the online support community and the cost, more companies are using Fusion 360™,” said Veitschegger.

There are many ways to use the software and modern manufacturers find it to be very efficient, indicated Veitschegger. “Fusion 360™ can be used for modeling, milling, turning lathes, water jet cutting, 3D printing, plasma cutting, rendering, professional drawings (2D prints), virtual product testing, running simulations, stress testing, thermal analysis and more,” said Veitschegger.

In addition to the courses offered in the catalog, Sierra College Training works with employers to customize CNC and Advanced Manufacturing training for employees.

Free Employment Law Webinar to Navigate COVID-19

What: Complimentary COVID-19 webinar with employment attorney Ann Wicks, who will take questions during the program.

When: Monday, April 27 from 1-2 PM

Why: To support employers in keeping up with new COVID-19 regulations.

How: Register here for the Employment Law Webinar on April 27. After registering, you’ll receive an email about how to join the webinar.

About the webinar:

Wicks will cover the most recent regulations, new laws and guidance issued by the government in response to COVID-19. Participants can ask questions about furloughs, layoffs and other operational issues they face during this crisis. Wicks will provide the latest developments on Emergency COVID-19 Sick Leave and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The webinar includes insights on other impacts on business operations and employee management resulting from the pandemic.

“I am monitoring all of the changes as the week progresses and incorporating them into the webinar,” said Wicks.  “Because the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) continues to be an area with a lot of questions, the first half of the webinar focuses on that. I’m building the common questions that I’m receiving into the discussion.  During the second half, we pivot to the other areas where new regulations or guidance have been issued and take questions as we go.”

About Wicks:

Wicks has over 25 years of experience assisting employers in all aspects of employment and labor law.  A former partner at Littler Mendelson, and of counsel at Cooley Godward, Wicks has broad-based industry experience.

Workforce Development:

  • As part of the California Community College Economic and Workforce Development Program, Sierra College and Butte College provide cost-effective employer upskill training in their regions.
  • Professional development offerings include the new Remote Worker Webinar, Virtual Team series, communication, computer skills, supervisory development, welding, mechatronics and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) training.
  • For profit businesses can apply for the State of California Employment Training Panel funding to subsidize costs.

Learn More: Contact Sierra College Training Project Coordinator Tanya Hanrihan or go to Sierra College Training.