Can Your 3D Printers Support Coronavirus Efforts?

MatterHackers has made a call out to those with 3D printers to support the national Coronavirus response

Learn More at the MatterHackers Covid19 Additive Manufacturing Response – USA

MatterHackers is developing a registry of those with 3D printers who can be part of the national effort fighting coronavirus, according to Mara Hitner, director, Business Development.

“MatterHackers is vetting designs with medical professionals, and once we settle on one that will be useful, we will be coordinating logistics of materials and shipping to help the growing army of volunteers put their 3D printers to good use,” wrote Hitner. “If you’re interested in using your printers to help, or if you have contacts who need help, please do register so that I can match you with opportunities.”  

March 19 Update How can Edu2Mfg Help you?

In the March 19,2020 email update, Advanced Manufacturing North Region announced some updated information to help instructors who are working remotely. A Shop Talk call is slated for Thursday March 26, Jeff Briggs, Regional Director is asking for input and a list of remote teaching videos was started.

Read the Mid-March 2020 Edu2Mfg Update.

Welding, CNC and Manufacturing Videos for Teaching Remotely

To help teachers who are looking for videos to help teach CNC, Mechatronics, Welding and other CTE subjects while schools have closed and teachers are working remotely, Edu2Mfg has started a list of resources.

Sierra College Mechatronics Video

Training videos CNC

Haas Automation Video Library

Titons of CNC Academy

CNC Cookbook Training Resources

Career Info for CNC

Job Shop Life! Example of a CNC Machine Shop Job!

Career in Machining – Machine Shop Apprentice

American Welding Society

Welding Videos –

AWS Podcasts

AWS Industry Videos –

Welding Career Info

Jay Lenos Garage — Explore Careers in Welding

Khan Academy — Welder: What I do and how much I make

 Hot Careers in Welding

Welding Instructional Videos

Introduction to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

Welding Institute – Manual Metal Arc (Stick) Welding – mild steep with low power sets

TWI – An Introduction to the Arc Welding Processes

March Edu2Mfg Newsletter

The March 2020 newsletter for the Advanced Manufacturing North Region for California Community Colleges includes a summary of many upcoming events and resources for industry partners and instructors. Read the Edu2Mfg newsletter distributed March 6.

Sierra College announced advisory committee meetings for both Mechatronics and Advanced Manufacturing in March at the Rocklin campus. SVMI will be hosting the State of Manufacturing in Folsom.

Teachers of advanced manufacturing skills in the Sacramento region are benefiting from hands-on training with other teachers being held at the Rocklin High School engineering and manufacturing lab as well as monthly “Shop Talk” phone calls.

The February conference for counselors that focused on Career Technical Education provided to be a valuable resource. There are several other events and resources included in the March Edu2Mfg newsletter.

Upcoming events include:

Mar. 9-13 – California Community College Association for Occupational Education Spring 2020 Conference, Sacramento

Mar. 10 – Sierra College Mechatronics Advisory Committee Meeting 6:30 — 8 PM in V-127, Rocklin campus

Mar. 11 – Advanced Manufacturing Industry Panel Discussion, 10:30 AM — 12 PM, organized by Alan Braggins, Interim Statewide Director, Advanced Manufacturing, California Community Colleges

Mar. 13 – Inductive Automation College Student Career Day from 12 – 2:30 PM in Folsom, RSVP to Inductive Automation

Mar. 18 – Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Committee Meeting from 6 to 8 PM on the Rocklin campus

Mar. 25 SVMI State of Manufacturing & Education in the Sacramento Region from 7:30 — 11 AM at the Folsom Community Center

Mar. 25-27 – California Association for Local Economic Development Conference, Sacramento 

Apr. 17 – Sierra College Mechatronics program Career Fair

May 30 – 2nd NorCal Robotics Expo at the Sierra College Rocklin Campus, 10 AM – 6 PM, Sierra College Rocklin campus

Sierra College Mechatronics Seeks Industry Input

This event has been postponed.

Advisory Committee Meeting: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 6:30 — 8 PM in the V-127 (V building of Sierra College Rocklin Campus)

The primary reason for having this advisory meeting is to ensure that the content of Mechatronics courses is as real-world as possible, explained Tony Osladil, Department Chair, Mechatronics, Sierra College.

“The goal of our Mechatronics program is to provide our local employers with technicians who are work-ready upon their graduation,” said Osladil. “To do that, the content of our classes is dictated by what skills our local employers tell us they want in their technicians.”

“We need industry input, especially on which technologies and skills are coming on strong and should therefore be added or enhanced in our program,” said Osladil. “We also want to know which skills are becoming less critical and should be pared back.”

In addition to the Advisory meeting on March 10, employers may be interested in the Mechatronics Career Fair on Friday, April 17.

Advisory Meeting at Sierra College

This event has been postponed.

An Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Committee Meeting will be held at Sierra College on Wednesday, March 18 from 6 to 8 pm. It will be held on the Rocklin Campus. During the meeting, industry partners can provide vital input and recommendations to the growing program. The college is currently going through curriculum review for a new Advanced Manufacturing degree program. For more information on this working dinner advisory session and to RSVP, contact Rachelle Smith, College & Career Advising, Sierra College Career Education Liaison at 530 320-6347.

State of Manufacturing and Education

This event has been postponed.

The Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative will host the State of Manufacturing & Education in the Sacramento Region on Wednesday March 25 from 7:30 – 11 am. The event celebrates Sacramento industry’s second year of successful partnership with educators. At the event, high school and community college students will be exhibiting their projects. For tickets:

CMTA Manufacturing Skills Mixer

On Thursday, February 20, 2020, Californina Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA) with American River College, held a Manufacturing Skills Mixer where attendees learned about creative training opportunities. Over 50 people attended the mixer held at the Big Sexy Brewing Company in Sacramento.

Speakers included:
Kaina Pereira, Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development
Rebecca Bettencourt, Training and Development Guru, E. & J. Gallo Winery

Other experts discussed:
-Apprenticeship programs and Career Training programs at American River College
-State and Federal Apprenticeship funding and assistance
-Employment Training Panel funding
-Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative training programs
-Power Inn Alliance programs
-Society of Manufacturing Engineers programs

Comstock’s Reviews Manufacturing

In a February 14, 2020 article, Building for the Future
California Manufacturers & Technology Association President Lance Hastings on the myriad challenges faced by the industry, Comstock’s writer, Sena Christian interviews Lance Hastings who became president and CEO of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association in November 2018.

Hastings is quoted as saying:

“So we have a large (number) of those retirements coming due in the next five years, and the concern is, are there going to be enough skilled employees of any age to take over those roles?”

“It’s not just your MBAs that are going to be the chief financial officers, or your engineers who are going to be the head of engineering, but everybody can have a good career in manufacturing.”

I think when more Californians get in touch with manufacturing as a sector and its contributions to the economy, there will be an added appreciation, which helps change the narrative.

Read the Building for the Future article for the full commentary on the challenges manufacturing faces in California.

2020 CTE Counselor Conference

According to Teri Munger, Coordinator, Greater Sac/North Inland Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways, American River College and organizer of the 2020 CTE Counselor Conference, over 375 people attended from 67 cities. “The free regional event gives attendees knowledge, tools, resources and contacts to effectively guide students and parents on pathways leading to in demand, regional CTE careers,” said Munger. “Attendance was up 25%, it was held in a larger venue and there were more booths.” The conference was held on February 13 and the Advanced Manufacturing North Region – Education to Manufacturing supported this event.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin Fleming was very well received explained Munger. Evaluation comments included: “the content was presented in such a clear and tangible way,” and “so engaging and insightful and what counselors need to hear!”

Munger indicated that eight community colleges participated. “American River, Folsom Lake, Cosumnes River, Sac City, Yuba, Woodland, Sierra and Lake Tahoe Community Colleges were represented,” said Munger. “Counselors received information on nine sector pathways: Health, Global Trade, Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Transportation, ICT/Digital Media, Energy/Construction/Utilities, Business/Entrepreneurship, Retail, Hospitality/Tourism and Ag/Water/Environmental Tech. Counselors gained information on in-demand CTE careers and the educational pathways into these careers.”

If you missed the conference, find more information on the 2020 CTE Counselor Conference website, including photos and presentation slide decks.

Some of the event partners included:

Other Comments by Session:
CTE 101
“I think this session was the most valuable for my colleague and myself. We are a small school really beginning the CTE process. I could see this session expanding into something bigger. There were many great questions people had that spun the conversation into many different directions.”

Student Support: Equity and Access
“I really like how all the schools had a representative so that they could speak to their site.”

Giving Students a Competitive Advantage
“All schools do Dual Enrollment so differently; it was nice to have all schools present so that they could explain their own practices.”

Pathways to Paychecks
“Sharing resources to help make higher education more accessible and supportive of all students was appreciated.”

Meet the Industry Sector Experts: Ag, Water & Environmental Tech/Advanced Mfg./Energy, Construction & Utilities/Business & Entrepreneurship
“It was great to hear about the different pathways to share with my students and colleagues.”

Meet the Industry Sector Experts: Health, ICT/Digital Media/Global Trade/Advanced Transportation/Retail Hospitality & Tourism
“This was great!”
“Amazing Session, loved it!”

Student Panel
“I always love hearing from the students and their own stories. It has helped me to make sure I am doing what I need to as a counselor to help my students find their purpose.”
“The best part of the conference!! so inspiring!!!”

College Panel
“Very helpful to heart about specific programs available in our area.”
“Great information on up and coming careers

Conference Overall Feedback:
“Fantastic Conference!”
“Great event for counselors. Good information designed for their needs.”

Thanks to Teri Munger who shared these comments so they could be used in this Advanced Manufacturing blog post.