Attend the Manufacturing Job Fair on August 20

The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA), the Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center (CAJ) and the CA Mobility Center (CMC) are hosting the region’s first manufacturers only job fair on August 20, 2021. The event will be held at Charles A. Jones, 5451 Lemon Hill Ave., Sacramento CA 95824 from 10 am to 2 pm in the school’s auditorium.

See the invitation and get tickets to attend.

Companies that are interested in recruiting talent and connecting with industry partners should sign up now to participate in the manufacturing career fair. Contact Deck Peckham, Executive Director, SVMA at dpeckham@sacvalleymfg.org or call 916-508-0892. Current students and recent graduates from the CAJ Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program will also attend.

Companies and participants can discuss career opportunities in the industry and the various paths to enter the field, explained Jeff Briggs, CCC Advanced Manufacturing. “Students and those considering a career change are encouraged to attend to learn more about local, well paid, hands-on careers where employees can see the results of their labor,” said Briggs. “Sacramento manufacturers produce food shipped globally, medical devices that save lives, components used in the transportation industry and innovative energy efficient products.”

According to Dean Peckham, the fair will be open to the general public. “SVMA’s partnership with CAJ is the cornerstone of our workforce development efforts to develop a motivated and well-trained workforce to meet our region’s workforce needs,” said Peckham. “Join us and meet the amazing staff at Charles A. Jones. We will also be offering tours of the Regional Manufacturing Training Center at 2 pm.”

Pre-Apprenticeship Program Gains Momentum

The Charles A. Jones (CAJ) Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program has been evolving for over two years, explained Dean Peckham, Executive Director, Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA).
“The CAJ Pre-Apprenticeship Program is just the first step towards the SVMA Apprenticeship Program, leading to credentials as CNC Machinists, Precision Welders, Industrial Maintenance Mechanics, Quality Assurance Technicians, Electromechanical Technicians and Textile Manufacturing Technicians,” said Peckham. “This has been a labor of love for many of us, creating opportunities for adults who may have never heard of manufacturing career pathways until they were introduced to Charles A. Jones.” The most recent cohort from the CAJ Pre-Apprenticeship Program graduated at the end of July.

Check out the orientation events held each Wednesday:

At the CAJ Orientation, you will learn about how to sign up for High School Equivalency preparation classes or Career Education programs.
When: In Person Orientation every Wednesday at 9:15 AM (Except holidays and break periods)
Where: 5451 Lemon Hill Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824
Who: Anyone interested. Must be 18 years or older to enroll in Adult Education Programs.
No appointment necessary.


Learn more by contacting Mike Bell (916) 432-0741 or go to CAJ.

Register Now for Fall Manufacturing Classes

At Sierra College, there are still some open seats in the Sierra College Mechatronics, Welding, Advanced Manufacturing and other fall courses. Learn more under Sierra College Applied Technologies.
Yuba College students can register for the introduction to CNC course and other classes. Learn more about Manufacturing Technology at Yuba College.
At Sacramento City College learn more about the Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Technician program.
Folsom Lake College is offering Modern Making certificate.

Attend the Manufacturing Expo — October 2021

The Manufacturing Expo will be held on National Manufacturing Day, Friday, October 1 at the Rancho Cordova City Hall, located at 2729 Prospect Park Dr.

The theme of the 2021 SME Manufacturing Expo is: “Connecting the Regional Manufacturing Network,” explained Jeff Briggs, SME member and Regional Director, California Community Colleges (CCC) Advanced Manufacturing North Region (Edu2Mfg). “Instead of arranging tours at local manufacturers, we are encouraging industry, educators and students to come together at the Expo,” said Briggs.

Briggs indicated that businesses and organizations can sign up now to be exhibitors. “There are many benefits to being an exhibitor,” said Briggs. “Increase sales to local companies, recruit employees and connect with high school and college faculty members who are building the pipeline of future employees. National Manufacturing Day celebrates our robust manufacturing sector in the Sacramento region and makes the public aware of the innovation taking place and positive economic impact.” Learn more about how exhibitors can maximize the impact of supporting this event at the Expo website: https://www.smemfgexpo.com/booth-registration.

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.

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.

Kratos Hosts March Breakfast with a Manufacturer

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.

CADENCE Defense Industry Manufacturing Internships will be Offered at Sierra College

Sierra College was selected to participate in the Governor’s Office Department of Defense (DoD) CADENCE grant student internship project. CADENCE project activities will focus on supporting California suppliers in the defense innovation and manufacturing base that are involved in the advancement of specific key technologies or supply chains including microelectronics, fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology, cyber, space, artificial intelligence, and fully networked command, control and communications (FNC3).

Defense manufacturing community consortium firms will benefit from access to a pipeline of talent to meet their workforce needs. CADENCE includes 15 project components executed by a consortium comprised of community, industry, state agencies, and educational institutions. This will provide an experiential learning opportunity where students can benefit from real world applications to their course of study. Colleges will benefit from faculty who bring the needs of industry to the classroom and infuse industry-validated curriculum into their educational programs.

This unique work-based learning project, managed by the California Community Colleges (CCC) Business & Entrepreneurship Sector, involves placing 20 student interns and 10 faculty externs at California defense manufacturing community consortium firms. Each college selected will receive $8,500 ($8,000 for faculty stipends plus $500 for faculty travel expenses).

Sierra College will recruit two student interns from Cybersecurity and Business Entrepreneurship programs, and two faculty mentors.  The faculty externs/coaches will act as liaisons between the California defense manufacturing community consortium companies and student interns. Faculty members will oversee recruitment of student interns, help negotiate the scope of the student internships with the companies and advise the students as they perform the internships. Students will also be encouraged to enroll in their college’s work experience/work study programs to earn college credit for the paid internships.

Learn more at: Governor’s Office DoD CADENCE Student Internship Project

Jan./Feb. 2021 Newsletter for Educators and Manufacturers

This issue reviews the winter Edu2Mfg Train the Trainer “Designing for Manufacturability using Fusion 360®.” Find out about student design and robotics competitions. California State University Chico announced an Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Robotics BS program and Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing courses are being offered in a hybrid format. Other seminars of interest to manufacturing instructors and industry partners were announced.

Read the Jan./Feb. 2021 Newsletter.

Robotics Competition to Improve Building Envelope for Energy Efficiency

With over $5 million in prizes, the overarching goal of American-Made Challenge E-ROBOT is to catalyze the development of minimally invasive, low-cost and holistic building envelope retrofit solutions that make retrofits easier, faster, safer and more accessible for workers.

Successful competitors will provide solutions that provide significant advancements in robot technologies that will advance the energy efficiency retrofit industry and develop building envelope retrofit technologies. Learn more about the E-Robot competition.