Autodesk® Innovative Camping Product Design Competition

Autodesk® announced the fourth student mini design competition, offered August 24 to Sept. 4. The challenge is to develop an innovative new camping product using Autodesk® Fusion 360. The purpose of these design competitions is to continue to motivate and engage students to sharpen their CAD skills and build up their resume. The first place winner’s prize is a 3D Space Mouse. Students sign up here.

This was the design winner from the previous challenge:

Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Offered in Sacramento

The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI) is partnering with the Charles A. Jones (CAJ) Career and Education Center in Sacramento to offer a Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship program. The first session starts November 5 and is a 90 hour program held over five weeks. Seven sessions will run from January through September 2021. Currently they plan remote education followed with lab work when it is allowed.

Participants register with both CAJ and Cal Jobs, a process that can take 2-4 weeks. The cost is $500 and that is refunded by Cal Jobs in proportion with attendance. Look at the CAJ Catalog section about the pre-apprenticeship.

Learn more at the Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center website; it is a public adult school operated by the Sacramento City Unified School District. Below are the planned topics:

  • Intro to Advanced Manufacturing
  • Additive Processes
  • Subtractive Processes
  • Forming Processes
  • Joining Processes
  • Soft Products, Sewing, Textiles
  • Surface Finishing Processes
  • Manufacturing Support Systems
  • Manufacturing Safety
  • Use of Basic Hand Tools &
  • Components and Terminology
  • Critical Thinking and Proper
  • Troubleshooting Techniques
  • Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways

Adv Mfg Classes Start August 2020

Employers are hiring people with advanced manufacturing skills who can learn on the job and are interested in expanding their skills through community college classes, certificates and degrees. In the Sacramento region, Sacramento City College, Sierra College and Yuba College have courses starting in August 2020, from August 19 to 29.

Download the Advanced Manufacturing Essential Careers flyer with Sacramento area classes to share

Sacramento City College — Industrial Maintenance Mechanic/Technician Training

  • IMMT 120 Technical Documentation and Communication
  • IMMT 121 Industrial Mechanics I
  • IMMT 130 Technical Calculations
  • IMMT 140 OSHA 10 General Safety – IIPP
  • IMMT 230 Industrial Electricity I
  • IMMT 240 Industrial Fluid Power I
  • IMMT 250 Industrial Control Systems I
  • IMMT 252 Industrial Control Systems II

Sierra College – Advanced Manufacturing (CNC)

  • ADVM 0062 CAD/CAM using Fusion 360 and Machining Theory
  • ADVM 0063 Intro to laser, water jet, plasma cutting, assembly and forming. Turn 2D sheets into 3D functional parts.
  • ADVM 0064 Focusing on Plasma cutting and 2D cutting techniques
  • ADVM 0066 CNC machining and inspection
  • ADVM 0067 Advanced CNC machining and inspection

Yuba College – Manufacturing Technology/Machining

  • DRAFT 30 Technical Drawing with AutoCAD
  • MFGT 20 Principles of Machine Shop
  • MFGT 21 Intermediate Machine Shop
  • MFGT 60 Problems in Manufacturing Technology
  • MFGT 62 Advanced Machine Shop
  • WELD 30 or 10 Gas Welding or Introduction to Arc Welding

Sierra College Plans Advanced Manufacturing Labs

Franz Veitschegger, department chair, announced that Advanced Manufacturing at Sierra College will have classes this Fall 2020 semester. As essential skills, on-campus labs preparing students with CNC skills for Sacramento area manufacturing careers will be back for Fall 2020 classes. Courses begin August 24. Learn more at the Sierra College website.

Lab sessions will be on campus for ADVM 63, 64, 66, and 67 courses. The 62 class (CAD/CAM/ Machining Theory) will be available all online with structured courses. 

More details on the courses:

ADVM 0062 – CAD/CAM using Fusion 360 and Machining Theory

ADVM 0063 – Intro to laser, water jet, plasma cutting, assembly and forming. Turning 2 Dimensional sheet goods into functional three dimensional parts.

ADVM 0064- Focusing on Plasma cutting and two dimensional cutting techniques

ADVM 0066 – CNC machining and inspection

ADVM 0067 – Advanced CNC machining and inspection

Makers to Entrepreneurial Careers – Sierra College Video

From machining to mechatronics, many students dream of turning their idea or prototype into a business someday. At Sierra College, the interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship program helps students find their inner entrepreneur.

The business planning class is based on Adobe® Kickbox model, the college connects students to a mentor network of successful founders and certificates prepare students from any major to become entrepreneurs.

In this video, a veteran and Sierra College student shares how he started producing vests after taking classes and uses the makerspace to manufacture products. Faculty members who are also serial entrepreneurs explain the program. Share this video with your students:

Information Technology Careers at Sierra College Video

Manufacturers, like most businesses, have a need for employees with Information Technology skills.

The IT program at Sierra College includes: networking, cyber security, data analytics, cloud computing and machine learning. Sierra College has been named a Center of Excellence for Cyber Security by the US Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Classes prepare students for many industry recognized certifications. Check out this video to learn more about IT Careers:

Sierra College Welding Careers Video

The Sierra College Welding program just posted a video featuring students, faculty members and industry partners sharing their passion for welding.

CNC Classes Use Modern Manufacturing Software

At Rocklin CA’s Sierra College, Advanced Manufacturing students are developing skills in Autodesk® Fusion 360™. This is an affordable software for Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), according to Sierra College’s Franz Veitschegger, Advanced Manufacturing department chair. “In a nut shell, CAD is basically three-dimensional (3D) modeling on the computer,” said Veitschegger.

“Once the 3D model is created in CAD, the cutting tool paths are created in CAM. The CAM tool paths are then ‘posted’ to the CNC milling machine so it can do the work of creating the part.”

Courses utilize Fusion 360

The following Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing classes taught at the Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing by Design at Sierra College include instruction on applying Fusion 360™.

62 – Introduction to 2D CAD/CAM

63 – Design Using Fusion 360™

66 – CNC Mill 3D Manufacturing

64 – Computer-Aided 2D Design (touches on Fusion 360™)

67 – CNC Three/Multi-Axis Milling

The college is in the process of developing  an Advanced Manufacturing AS degree, a skills certificate and a certificate of achievement.

For more information, check out the Sierra College website under Advanced Manufacturing. 

Fusion 360™ is Cost-effective Tool

Veitschegger believes that Fusion 360™ is an excellent tool because it is inexpensive. “ Fusion 360™ has the same capabilities as the expensive CAD/CAD software does,” said Veitschegger. “For small companies with a gross under $100K and students, Fusion 360™ is free. Even if you purchase the software, it’s around $300-$500 a year which is still really cheap.”

Fusion 360™ can be used for modeling, milling, turning lathes, water jet cutting, 3D printing, plasma cutting, rendering, professional drawings (2D prints), virtual product testing, running simulations, stress testing, thermal analysis …

Veitschegger explained that Fusion 360™ is updated frequently and widely used. “ Due to how powerful it is, the online support community and the cost, more companies are using Fusion 360™,” said Veitschegger.

There are many ways to use the software and modern manufacturers find it to be very efficient, indicated Veitschegger. “Fusion 360™ can be used for modeling, milling, turning lathes, water jet cutting, 3D printing, plasma cutting, rendering, professional drawings (2D prints), virtual product testing, running simulations, stress testing, thermal analysis and more,” said Veitschegger.

In addition to the courses offered in the catalog, Sierra College Training works with employers to customize CNC and Advanced Manufacturing training for employees.

SkillsUSA California Region 4 Conference Slated for January 11, 2020

Sierra College will host hundreds of high school students and teachers from 20 schools in the northern California on January 11, 2020.

Industry partners can still get involved as volunteers and judges as well as supply materials for contests. Learn more at SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Region 4 Conference.

… students using the technical and leadership skills they’ve developed in the classroom …

Clay Mitchell, State Executive Director, SkillsUSA California explaind that SkillsUSA California develops leaders in middle school, high school and college postsecondary Career and Technical Education programs. “This event includes 61 competition areas challenging students’ drafting, electronics, engineering, robotics, welding, woodworking, and leadership skills,” said Clay.

“It is the culmination of students using the technical and leadership skills they’ve developed in the classroom with the possibility of representing the region at the state and national competition.”

For more information, contact Ashley Conger, Region 4 Manager, SkillsUSA California at 916-258-5643 or rmanager4(at)skillsusaca.org.

Maker Impact Publication Introduces College Students to Production Skills

In Manufacturing Stories online, an article was published about the impact of the California initiative to build makerspace communities at 24 California Community College campuses to close the manufacturing skills gap.

Engaging students in using manufacturing tools in makerspaces to produce prototypes and working on collaborative teams to innovate gives them hands-on skills relevant to advanced manufacturing careers. Some of the Northern California colleges featured in guide as well as students’ stories represent Butte College, Folsom College, Sierra College and Sacramento City College.

Read the CCC Maker Impact Publication article in Manufacturing Stories.

To receive your free copy of Makerspace Impact –  Implementation Strategies & Stories of Transformation and get other publications including the Makerspace Startup Guide and Makermatic Team Internship go to the CCC Maker Guides.