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Virtual Tours Offered on National Manufacturing Day

As part of National Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2020, over 260 Sacramento-area college and high school students will participate in 13 virtual tours of local advanced manufacturing companies.

Across the country, manufacturers are hosting events on October 2 for National Manufacturing Day 2020. The goal is to attract students who like to create with their hands to highly paid, in-demand manufacturing careers. In addition, Manufacturing Day increases awareness of the contributions of manufacturers to the Sacramento region as well as state and national economy.

Tours are being offered by AMW Design, Garner Products, Inc., Harris & Bruno International, Kratos, Siemens Mobility and Tri Tool, among others. Fourteen schools are participating in 13 virtual tours, reaching over 260 Career Technical Education students. Presentations will be made representatives such as a manufacturing engineer, CAD/CAM design engineer, CNC operator, welder, electro mechanical technician, quality assurance/quality control and industrial maintenance mechanic.

When students can talk with employees about careers through the zoom tours, they can start to see themselves in similar roles in the future.

Connecting students to employers is critical to attracting them to work in the field, explained Dean Peckham, President, Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI).

“Sacramento is home to manufacturers of life saving medical devices, food that is shipped worldwide, robotics used in scientific exploration, components for energy saving electric vehicles and many more innovative companies that are making a positive impact on the world,” said Peckham. “When students can talk with employees about careers through the zoom tours, they can start to see themselves in similar roles in the future.”

Manufacturing professionals who are members of SME Sacramento Valley and SVMI, are working closely with educators to celebrate the national event, according to Jeff Briggs, Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing North Region, California Community Colleges, housed at Sierra College.

“Students benefit from seeing work environments and are inspired when they learn about career opportunities from those working in the industry,” said Briggs. “Virtual tours have proven to be impactful.”

SVMI is also hosting Manufacturing Day for Manufacturers on October 29.

Harris & Bruno Attracts Students to Manufacturing Careers

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.

Educator Training Offered on Design to Part

Three sessions of Design to Part Training will be held on November 2, 2019 between 8:30 am and 2 pm in Rocklin. Dan Frank, Manufacturing and Engineering Instructor, Rocklin High School, will be teaching the workshops. The program is being co-sponsored by Sacramento Valley Manufacturers Initiative (SVMI) and California Community Colleges Advanced Manufacturing, North Region (Edu2Mfg).

  • Session 1 — Introduction to Design – Design Intent and Design for Manufacturability. Working with Fusion 360, you’ll download a functional mill vise, and then add stock into the vise. There will be discussion on the function of the part you will draw, its features and how to organize and label the data in Fusions ‘browser.’ You will explore the iterative process between designing and manufacturability of the part. Teach to CAD standards.
  • Session 2 — How to Approach CAM – Review session 1 and bring part from session 1 into the vise. CAM set-up and a suggested order of operations. Teach to CAM standards.
  • Session 3 — Make the parts on the CNC Mill

Each session is $40 or all three are $100 and include lunch, snacks and workshop materials. Register here with Credit Card or PayPal. Or if paying with check or PO, register by calling Steve Dicus, Edu2Mfg, at 916-276-9520. Make PO to Valley Vision, 3400 3rd Ave, Sacramento, CA 95817.