Manufacturing Education Series

Vol. 1 2013

A video series from Modern Machine Shop, the SME Education Foundation and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology describes careers in manufacturing. DVDs were sent to middle and high schools along with these discussion guides.

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feature does this teacher have the winning formula? Dana Kensmoe, who was in 10th grade when this photo was taken, is one of Cardinal Manufacturing's new members within this current school year. floor squeezed this area away. The machine did not fit well with other equipment in the shop, and it has always been an easy machine for beginners to learn, so giving it to the school seemed fitting. The second gift was considerably more strategic, Mr. Guse says. He recognized that Cardinal Manufacturing was becoming an excellent source of prospective talent for his own shop. Therefore, when MRS committed to fur ther expanding Cardinal's program by donating a CNC lathe, the company had one type of lathe in mind. MRS, a Mazak shop, donated a Mazak CNC lathe. Now, all students coming through Cardinal Manufacturing become familiar with same Mazatrol control that MRS uses extensively. teacHer cOmmitment While teaching the technical skills of manufacturing is the primary aim of the program, the exposure to daily commercial realities is what makes Cardinal Manufacturing's instruction so distinctive. "Our kids feel the customers breathing down their necks," Mr. Cegielski says. He feels it with them. If a job is running late, the teacher stays late with the student who has to complete it. If a part is scrapped because of a mistake, the teacher is the one driving the truck to go purchase replacement material. Manufacturing Education Series Mr. Cegielski's commitment to standing with the kids through all of the time they spend on the shop's work is one of the keys to this program's success. Thanks to that commitment, he has been able to see this high school "business" improve and mature. The "business" becomes more like a business—with no quote marks around the word— with each passing year. The latest challenges relate to the high volume of work, he says. To respond to these challenges (good challenges to have), the shop will make its next decisive move forward. In the coming school year, the teacher plans to admit students to the program who will not perform hands-on manufacturing work as part of their daily assignments, but instead will fill support roles. For example, the shop needs someone in an engineering role to manage jobs and write programs. The shop also needs someone who can engage with visiting and phoning customers like a receptionist would, while also overseeing marketing tasks necessar y to promote the shop. Roles such as these would be par t of any established manufacturing facility. Now, Cardinal Manufacturing will begin exposing students to this kind of manufacturing-related work as well. .

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