The Sierra College Welding program just posted a video featuring students, faculty members and industry partners sharing their passion for welding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On December 3-5, 2019, Project MFG™: Next Generation Manufacturing™ Challenge from the United States Department of Defense took place at the Sierra College Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing by Design in Rocklin. Project MFG™ holds competitions across the country to address the need for a skilled engineering and shop floor manufacturing workforce in the United States to compete in global markets. Kennedy High School, Rocklin High School and Yuba College teams competed in the challenge to produce a complex part made of aluminum.
For the first time in the competition’s history, a high school team won. Not only did Kennedy High School out-perform the other competitors, the Sacramento team did it with only three rather than the usual four students participating. The Kennedy team will go on to the next level and a chance to participate in the national competition at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, September 2020.
… instills confidence in their ability to perform at the highest industrial base standards when it counts for a company.
Adele Ratcliff, Director, Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment Program, Office of Industrial Policy, within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, presented the awards and cash prizes. “It’s exciting to witness America’s Next Great Generation compete under pressure against world class standards,” said Ratcliff. “It brings out the best in them and instills confidence in their ability to perform at the highest industrial base standards when it counts for a company.”
Project MFG™ is designed to allow the individual, the instructor and the school to benchmark themselves against the best, explained Ratcliff. “Project MFG™ not only pushes their skills, but pushes their thinking and approach to be more advanced in a teamed approach,” said Ratcliff. The competition was developed to ignite interest in Advanced Manufacturing careers to address the deficit in trade skill talent that is not keeping pace with the current resurgence of U.S. manufacturing and prepare students for manufacturing jobs that require people to work collaboratively across the manufacturing floor.
Sierra College was honored to host the United States Department of Defense competition, according to Amy Schulz, Ph.D., Dean of Career, Continuing and Technical Education. “With the support of the Haas Education Foundation, Sierra College has built an Advanced Manufacturing lab with industry standard CNC tools as a regional resource,” said Schulz. “To increase awareness of meaningful careers in manufacturing, Sierra College was pleased to welcome the national Project MFG™ to our Rocklin campus. With the goal of preparing our local workforce with manufacturing skills, the CNC lab is also used for industry employee training and Sierra College recently developed Advanced Manufacturing courses and introduced a new certificate.”
Industry partners from Lincoln Electric®, Haas Automation Inc. and ZEISS as well as the team from the Department of Defense were on site during the competition to provide technical support for the students who had access to Sierra College’s Haas CNC and welding tools, explained Tom Tholen, Project MFG™. “At this friendly competition, I witnessed more collaboration between the teams than usual and was impressed by the students’ professionalism,” said Tholen. “These students are on the fast track to satisfying Advanced Manufacturing careers with starting salaries of $70,000+ where they can make an impact on the world.”
This was the first time that his students had participated in the challenge, explained Dan Frank, Advanced Manufacturing Instructor, Rocklin High School. “I just wanted them to have fun applying their skills in a new environment,” said Frank. “Working in the Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing lab took them out of their comfort zone and challenged their team work and technical skills. Ultimately, participating builds their confidence and makes careers in this industry more intriguing.”
Our greatest challenges that require a product solution–from climate change to medicine to national security– require manufacturing to bring that to reality.
The Department of Defense’s Ratcliff encouraged students to pursue manufacturing careers where their skills can make a difference. “Our greatest challenges that require a product solution–from climate change to medicine to national security– require manufacturing to bring that to reality,” said Ratcliff.
“There is more than one way to serve your country—being in manufacturing provides economic prosperity for our country as well as the individual. And a strong manufacturing economy underpins our national security. Individuals entering the manufacturing profession will have a career path that will continue to advance and challenge them professionally as well as providing an ability to live almost anywhere in the world with this profession.”
As part of the ongoing effort to connect students to employers so they can see the opportunities in the field of Advanced Manufacturing, Harris & Bruno International employees visited Roseville High School on November 15, according to Courtney Camp, Human Resources Manager, Harris & Bruno International.
“It’s very rewarding to see that we as an employer are making an impact with students and giving them insight into our industry that they might not otherwise have,” said Camp. “Working in manufacturing isn’t necessarily something today’s students are going to consider as a viable career path but when you show them what we do and how interesting the work is, we can help change that. Building tomorrow’s pipeline is so important to our industry and these are excellent opportunities to help spark passion for what we do.”
The company focused on making students aware of the wide range of career opportunities in manufacturing and the different avenues that can be taken to get there, explained Courtney Camp, Human Resources Manager, Harris & Bruno International. “For example, David Sarver explained specifically what he does as a Mechanical Engineer at Harris & Bruno and the path he took to get to his current position,” said Camp. “We also emphasized that while a four-year college is an excellent path for some students, it’s not the only option that results in rewarding and lucrative careers. Other options are community colleges, trade schools, apprenticeship programs and on-the-job training.”
Employees also showed real world projects made at the company’s Roseville facility, according to Camp. “Seeing how a part is designed and then manufactured seemed to spark students’ interests and prompted the most in depth questions,” said Camp. “The other thing that they were really curious about is what we, as employers, look for when hiring and how they can start setting themselves up now for career success later.”
Harris & Bruno International has partnered with educators in many ways throughout the years and has benefited from those collaborations, reports Camp. “My advice to employers would be to be open to jumping in and supporting the community programs at both the high school and college levels,” said Camp. “Some ways to do this are participating on an advisory board to help guide the curriculum, speak at schools to help educate students on opportunities within the industry, and provide tours of your facility to students so they can see first-hand the awesome things that are happening. We have hired some of our best workers through these avenues; I’ve had new employees tell me that they toured our facility in high school and how interested it made them to pursue a career in manufacturing.”
Camp suggests that both Jeff Briggs, Regional Director North Region, Advanced Manufacturing, California Community Colleges (Edu2Mfg) and the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI ) are excellent resources for educators. “My advice is to partner with the industry to help tailor your curriculum to employer needs,” said Camp. “Relevant skills will really help your students as they start searching for employment opportunities. Also, make sure that you are following up, staying in communication and being clear about the best ways for employers to help support your programs.”
For assistance connecting with schools and employers in your area, contact Jeff Briggs, Edu2Mfg, at 916-316-8100 or JeffBriggs(at)sierracollege.edu.