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.
Participants will learn to incorporate NIMS industry standards and industry-recognized credentials into curriculum: pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical systems/electrical control systems, maintenance operations, basic mechanical systems, and process control systems.
“Industry wants people who are comfortable working with technology-driven machines. One hour of downtime could cost a company a half million dollars,” according to Pat Riddle, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Maintenance Program Coordinator, Pellissippi State Community College.
Designed for maintenance and mechatronics instructors, the workshop prepares attendees to test students for NIMS credentials, includes theoretical and hands-on activities, lesson plans, and equipment reviews.
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
The California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE) will be held remotely for three weeks during March, starting on the third. The theme is “Modeling Inclusiveness leads to a sustainable call to action.” This is a great opportunity to share best practices. The nine day interactive conference will take place March 3-5, 9-11 and 16-18. Learn more from the CCCOAE Spring 2021 Conference flyer.
The winter Edu2Mfg Train the Trainer “Designing for Manufacturability using Fusion 360®” session was held on January 23. Dan Frank, UC Davis Ag Manufacturing and Tim Paul, Technical Manager Fusion Education with Autodesk® presented the three and a half hour program. The 11 participants represented three California Community Colleges and eight high schools from Truckee to Sacramento as well as guests from San Diego. Below are some of the topics that were covered:
- Why would I 3D print vs Machine, Weldment or Blacksmith
- How to choose manufacturing process
- How to estimate time (R&D manufacturing process, people, setup, machine, 3D print – allow for alternative design process with less time and design for 3D printing)
- Technology limitations for strength and usability
- Design to understand how support structures will affect outcome
- Effect of features on printed outcomes (windows vs pockets, when and how to thread and Design for Machining)
- Tool Sizes to reach into areas
- Setup orientation
- Risk management (time and tool/machine/work holding)
- Parametric Design/Environment model (duplicated concepts in CAM Toolpath, risk management and design for weldment)
- Forming and fabrication technologies
- How do technologies effect the modeling decisions
- Rough sketch with notes.
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.
10 Steps to Developing the Right Succession or Transition Plan for You
January 12th @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM PT – Register
Prepare for an eventual transition or succession, whether it is to a family member, management, or a third-party buyer.
Strategies for Infectious Disease Prevention
January 20th @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM PT – Register
Learn about the measures employers should take now to protect their manufacturing workforce in the future.
Quality 501: Roadmap to Becoming a Premium Supplier
January 26th @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM PT – Register
Discover the key points that large customers typically demand from their lower-tier suppliers before advancing their status to “Premium Supplier.”
Perry Campbell, CEO of SwissMak, was the featured speaker for Sierra College’s Global Entrepreneurship Week mentor night on November 17. Over 60 attended, watching the mill in action, meeting his staff, touring his facility and asking many questions of the team based in Taiwan. Campbell was a student who benefited from mentoring and resources to set up operations in Taiwan to manufacture the CNC hybrid mill-turn center he invented. At Sierra College, the Affiliate Mentor Program (AMP) is a team of local experts who mentor budding entrepreneurs by commenting on start-up pitches and providing access to resources at no charge.
After the positive response to virtual manufacturing tours on National Manufacturing Day, we are now offering monthly “Breakfast with a Manufacturer” online events. The first offering on November 19 featured Cal Reynolds, President of Snowline Engineering, in Cameron Park. Pete Delosa’s Introduction to Design Engineering class at Golden Sierra Junior-Senior High School in Garden Valley participated.
The monthly presentation is co-sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) and the California Community Colleges North Region Advanced Manufacturing initiative to increase high school students’ awareness of manufacturing careers. Reynolds spent about 25 minutes speaking about his career path in manufacturing, followed by 15 minutes answering students’ questions.
Students appreciated how forthright he was in saying that he hadn’t been a good student in high school. He indicated that if it weren’t for a ROP teacher who took an interest in him and his mechanical abilities, he probably wouldn’t have graduated on time.
Reynolds recalled that the ROP teacher helped get him a job in a machine shop where he began by deburring parts. Over time, he learned to make the parts while operating manual manufacturing machines. It wasn’t until years later, at the age of 39, that Reynolds got his Mechanical Engineering degree from Sacramento State University.
About 20 years ago, Reynolds had the opportunity to buy Snowline Engineering and now is the President of the company. With more than 45 employees, Snowline Engineering manufactures parts for companies such as Space X, Siemens and Honeywell.
When asked what classes he suggested students take while in school, Reynolds encouraged those interested in a manufacturing careers to focus on math and physical science classes. Additionally, he strongly recommended that all students take any class related to technology, since he anticipates that many future careers will require employees to be actively engaged in some form of digital technology.