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.

Over 60 Attend Virtual Event Featuring CNC Entrepreneur

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.

Manufacturing Cares Offers Free 90 Hours of Training and Internship

Manufacturing Cares, a collaboration between The Charles A. Jones Career & Education Center, SVMI, Sacramento COVID Relief Workforce Recovery Program and the CARES Act, is providing training for those considering the manufacturing field. The free program includes:
90 hours of intensive training
Five instructional weeks
A paid internship working in the manufacturing industry

Participants will learn OSHA-10 safety practices, forklift operation and gain an introduction to advanced manufacturing. The goal is to produce program graduates equipped with skills for entry-level work in manufacturing. They are also seeking employers interested in offering internships. Learn more at the Manufacturing Cares website.

Students Inspired by Virtual “Breakfast with a Manufacturer”

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.

Apply for DEWALT Trade Scholarships by December 14

The DEWALT Trades Scholarship program is awarding up to 20 — $10,000 scholarships to students pursing majors in various trade fields. To apply, students must:

  • Be high school seniors, graduates or undergraduates
  • Plan to pursue a degree/certificate in trade fields that align with Maker goals, such as, construction, motor/power sector, mechanics or technology
  • Plan to attend full-time at a two-year college or vocational-technical school in the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Have or had a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)

To Learn more and Apply click here. Click here for a flyer to download and share with students.