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? No class teaching math, English or history has the same opportunity to produce something of immediate and tangible value during the class period. Because students in manufacturing have to make something anyway as part of their coursework, why not have them make actual, sellable, end-use parts? Thus, under this teacher's supervision, the highest-level class in the vocational manufacturing program began taking on contract machining work from commercial customers. Now, that class goes by a different name. Eleva-Strum Central High School's junior- and senior-year manufacturing class became "Cardinal Manufacturing." It is a student-run job shop that just happens to be located on the grounds of the school. Actually, it's hard to find anything wrong with it. High schools have a long history of students doing work to earn money for programs. It's just that contract machining is work with much higher value than washing cars. And because the students perform this work on school grounds within the school's shop, it does not bring any safety or liability concerns that weren't part of the class already. Finally, far from "using" the students' efforts, the arrangement gives these students a far better manufacturing education than they would have obtained without it. Rather than performing make-work projects that simulate production, the students are performing actual production—complete with production tolerances and deadlines. In fact, thanks to profit sharing (more on that below), the students get paid. is tHis Ok? Thoughts swirl upon first hearing of this idea. Students do commercial work that helps fund the school's program, using the ver y same time and facilities with which they earn their own grades. Is this model for a high school class … appropriate? Manufacturing Education Series Equipment such as the CNC lathe and machining center visible in this photo provide capabilities equivalent to a small job shop. Mr. Cegielski says some donations to Cardinal Manufacturing have resulted from graduates telling their employers about the program.

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