Edu2Mfg September 2021 Newsletter

In the September 2021 issue, Edu2Mfg announces plans for the Manufacturing Expo and National Manufacturing Day celebration in Sacramento on October 1, 2021. Additionally, the Train the Trainer and Lab Tour series of meetups for teachers have been very popular. Find out about design contests for students, new manufacturing labs in the Sacramento region and other relevant infomration for manufacturing educator and Career Technical Education teachers.

Read the Edu2Mfg Sept. 2021 newsletter.

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.

CMTC Offers Manufacturing Workshops in June 2021

CMTC offers many seminars in addition to its other services that provide valuable information for manufacturers and educators. The following are an example of what’s available in June:

June 2 — 11AM CMTC: CADENCE Program Webinar: Wearable Flexible Hybrid Electronics for Defense Applications

June 8 — 11AM CMTC: Quality 502: How To Achieve Operations Excellence on Your Shop Floor

June 9 — 11AM CMTC: Artificial Intelligence in Vision | Catalyst Connection

June 23 — 11AM CMTC: Industrial vs. Collaborative Robots | Catalyst Connection

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.”

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.

Registration Deadline is April 23 for June NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is offering an Industrial Technology Maintenance Course in Tucson, Arizona from June 7-11. Registration is due April 23. See the NIMS PDF 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.

Join April 2021 CMTC Webinars

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

Strategic Planning
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

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