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

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.

Shop Talk – Creative Solutions to Arranging High School Internships

During the November 2020 Shop Talk, Derek Lee with PilotCity described how they’ve been successful in setting up internships for high school students in San Leandro and other Bay Area cities. Students build hands-on projects in the classroom to address real problems faced by businesses and submit prototypes to the companies for consideration. Students are awarded internships to execute the project for the businesses.

Join Shop Talk: The next Edu2Mfg Shop Talk will be on Tuesday, January 12 at 3:30 PM. Instructors will discuss how to host an effective advisory meeting online and share best practices to engage employers during the remote sessions. To join these Shop Talk calls, please Click Here to request access and/or get on the list for future notifications.
Watch Shop Talk: Previous recorded Shop Talk calls are available on the Edu2Mfg website.
Resources: See List of Shop Talk Resources on the website.

See Sac State Mechanical Engineering Showcase

Gain ideas from the Sacramento State University Mechanical Engineering students’ end-of-semester presentations. Sacramento State is making the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student and Senior Design Showcase examples available online.

On Wednesday, December 2, the ME Graduate Student Showcase included five minute student poster presentations. The names of students and the titles of their poster presentations are available here.

On Friday, December 11, Sacramento State is holding the Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Showcase. The link to a recorded presentation for ME 190 and ME 191 projects will be posted on the department website.

Spring 2021 Manufacturing Classes Offer In-person Labs

Both Yuba and Sierra Colleges are offering in person advanced manufacturing labs because this is considered an essential profession.

Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing spring courses:

  • ADVM 0062 – Introduction to CAD/CAM
  • ADVM 0063 – Design 2-D Mfg of 3-D Objects
  • ADVM 0064 – Computer-Aided 2D Design
  • ADVM 0066 – CNC Machining Level 1
  • ADVM 0067 – CNC Machining Level 2

Sierra College also offers welding, mechatronics, engineering and drafting and engineering support.

Yuba College spring manufacturing courses include:

  • Prin Machine Shp MFGT-20-M0460
  • Interm Machine Shop MFGT-21-M5977
  • Comp Num Control MFGT-34-M0461
  • CAM MFGT-35-M7522
  • Prob Manufact Tech MFGT-60-M7523
  • Advanced Machine Shop MFGT-62-M4642

Yuba College also offers welding and drafting courses.