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.

Find Classroom Design Challenges

Instructors attending the Edu2Mfg Train the Trainer session in May 2020 suggested that it would be helpful to share design challenges. These can range from something simple to engage students at the beginning of class to a more involved project to start off a new unit. Many involve just a few supplies such as paper clips, paper and scissors. Pete Delosa, Golden Sierra High School, has set up a Google drive that you can add your projects to and browse other teachers’ design challenges. Check out Design Challenges.

Sierra College Hosts Training for Manufacturing Teachers

On Saturday, May 22, the North Regional California Community College Advanced Manufacturing initiative (Edu2Mfg) brought together eight high school and community college instructors came together at an approved gathering in the Sierra College Mechatronics lab . Emerging from the government imposed restrictions, participants expressed delight to be attending the in-person training after suffering from a year of zoom fatigue.
Roy Ingram, Sierra College Mechatronics instructor, kicked off the gathering by providing each attendee with a battery, wire and a magnet. They were tasked to construct their own simple motor. The activity spawned a discussion on how electromagnetism and current flow made the motor spin.
During the session, Louie Garcia, Sierra College Building Trades instructor, described how he made a Litchenberg Wood Burning device. After he demonstrated its use, Steve Dicus with Edu2Mfg that they had to hold the teachers back who wanted to try the new process. “We are hoping to hold a workshop this summer where participants can make and take one of these devises for their labs,” said Dicus.

To add value to the training, each participant brought a teaching aid, student project or something to share that the others might find useful, explained Dicus. “Pete Delosa, Golden Sierra High School, described how he challenged his students to build a simple bridge to create the maximum span with a single piece of 8.5 x 11 paper,” said Dicus. “Pete graciously agreed to set up a Google drive folder where all the teachers could upload simple student challenges they use to give other instructors ideas for lesson enhancements. During the session, other teachers chimed in with projects and student challenges they used to engage and instruct their students.”
At the end of the program there was a consensus that participants would like to visit each other’s shops and labs over the summer to gain fresh ideas on ways to engage the “rising generation.”

Autodesk® to Host CAM Summit June 15-16

Autodesk® will host the 2021 EDU CAM Summit on June 15-16, 9AM to 1 PM. Attendees will hear from leading faculty and industry experts to learn how they are forging the way in academia to align with Industry 4.0. Attendees will also see live demonstrations of Adaptive Roughing and 3D and multi axis machining. Speakers include:

  • Carl Bass, Former Autodesk® CEO
  • Mark Terryberry, Applications Engineer, HAAS Automation
  • Dika Handayani, Assistant Professor, California State Polytechnic University — Pomona
  • Josh McDowell, Assistant Professor, Danville Community College
  • Trian Georgeou, Lecturer, California Polytechnic University — San Luis Obispo

Presentation and discussion topics will include:

  • CAD for CAM
  • Adaptive Roughing in machining
  • Diversity in manufacturing
  • The future of manufacturing in America
  • Modern Technology in Manufacturing today
  • 3D and multi axis

Go to the EDU CAM Summit Registration page. Check out the Summit flyer.

New Manufacturing Apprenticeship Approved

The Department of Labor has approved a new manufacturing apprenticeship program developed by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance. The program includes eight levels of apprenticeship competency and combines college coursework with on-the-job training.

The skills include:

Machining Safety Process
CNC Machine Preventive Maintenance
Process Planning
Computer Aided Design
Computer Aided Machining, Turning And Milling
Workholding Design And Qualification
CNC Machine Set-Up
Tool Selection / Special Tool Design
Machine Operation / Prove Program
Secondary Operations Process
Deburring / Finishing Process
Shop Floor Quality Process

Local community college courses will fulfill some of the requirements. Colleges involved include American River College, Consumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, Sacramento City College, Sierra College and Yuba College.

For more information, contact Michael Bell at (916)432-0741 or by email.

Manufacturing Career Fairs Will be Held in Sacramento

The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Alliance (SVMA), the CA Mobility Center, Charles A Jones Career & Education Center, Asian Resources, Inc, LaFamilia Counseling Center, and the Greater Sacramento Urban League are partnering to host several manufacturing career fairs at various Sacramento locations in April. These free events are made possible by City of Sacramento CARES funding and a SETA Regional Planning Initiative Grant. They will be held:

April 15 — Charles A Jones Career & Education Center
April 21 — LaFamilia Counseling Center
April 27 — Greater Sacramento Urban League

You can register to attend through this Sacramento Manufacturing Career Fair event link.

Employers interested in participating as an exhibitor highlighting your company and/or career opportunities, should contact Dean Peckham, Executive Director, SVMA.

Check out the Fair Flyer.

Registration Deadline is April 23 for June NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) is offering an Industrial Technology Maintenance Course in Tucson, Arizona from June 7-11. Registration is due April 23. See the NIMS PDF flyer.

Participants will learn to incorporate NIMS industry standards and industry-recognized credentials into curriculum: pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical systems/electrical control systems, maintenance operations, basic mechanical systems, and process control systems.

“Industry wants people who are comfortable working with technology-driven machines. One hour of downtime could cost a company a half million dollars,” according to Pat Riddle, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Maintenance Program Coordinator, Pellissippi State Community College.

Designed for maintenance and mechatronics instructors, the workshop prepares attendees to test students for NIMS credentials, includes theoretical and hands-on activities, lesson plans, and equipment reviews.

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.

Join April 2021 CMTC Webinars

Quality 503: Improving Your Root Cause and Corrective Action Process

April 13 – 11:00am Root cause analysis is a collective term that describes a range of tools and techniques used to uncover causes of manufacturing problems. It is a foundational element of Six Sigma, every Quality program certification, and an integral part of a manufacturer’s continuous improvement approach. We will examine the proper application of its elements in this technical webinar. Register

Current State of Metal Additive Manufacturing: Processes & Materials
April 15 – 10:00am Learn about how the latest advances in Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes and materials for metals manufacturing can create new opportunities for innovation and profitability. CMTC Event Information

Strategic Planning
April 28 – 11:00am During this webinar, Marketing and Management Consulting Principle Lawrence Kirsh will provide an overview of Strategic Planning and how it differs from a business or financial plan, its importance to a company, and the key aspects of a strategic plan. CMTC Event Information

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