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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does this teacher have the winning formula? Practical questions come to mind next. How much work could a high school class be expected to complete? Where does the work come from? Isn't the school now competing with other shops in the area? And how much money can this arrangement bring in? Taking these questions in turn: Certainly, the kids have only limited time available for this work. However, these are the most advanced manufacturing students at the school—they are able to work productively and semi-autonomously. Students can apply to join Cardinal Manufacturing in 11th grade only if they have completed metalworking classes in grades 8 through 10. The Cardinal Manufacturing "class" occupies two consecutive periods of an eight-period school day, so this is the time available for the students to do commercial work. However, they frequently supplement this time by also working in the shop outside the school day. To find paying jobs, Mr. Cegielski calls on local companies the way any small job shop owner might. He also calls on many non-local companies where he maintains personal contacts. He says the work that he obtains from these companies is not charity. The chance to give a learning experience to a crop of students might sound appealing, but his shop's low labor cost is the more significant reason why Cardinal Manufacturing wins business. This might seem as though it would be grating to wage-paying contract shops in the area, but Mr. Cegielski says this isn't the case. Because it works less time per week than even a one-shift operation, Cardinal Manufacturing can't take much work away from area businesses. More importantly, some of these nearby shops see Cardinal Manufacturing as a valuable resource for doing the simple, small-batch work that they cannot perform cost-effectively. In some of the cases involving these shops, the simple work is a special order for a loyal customer the shop can't refuse. In others, the work might be an internal project related to something like a new custom rack or shelving system. The high school shop gives these established manufacturers a way to avoid the money-losing choice of performing low-value production on their own highend machines. feature watch the Video: PersPectiVes on cardinal Manufacturing A video companion to this article includes commentary on Cardinal Manufacturing from not only Craig Cegielski and some of his students, but also the school's principal, its superintendent, a school board member, a parent and graduates of the program who are now employed in manufacturing. These interviews were filmed for MMSOnline by Todd Schuett and Paul LoPiccolo of Creative Technology Corporation. Watch the video at short.mmsonline.com/cardinal. Mr. Cegielski says the income from this work is not enough to buy CNC machines. Those were donated. But the proceeds do provide enough funding to keep all of the shop's equipment well maintained, and to keep the shop amply stocked with tooling, gaging and supplies. The proceeds also provide enough to reward students at the end of the year. Hours worked by each student are tracked throughout the school year, and the profit-sharing payment at the end is proportional to the time put in. The typical student's year-end profit-sharing check is around Cardinal Manufacturing, visit cardinalmanufacturing.org. MRS Machining, call 715-286-2448 or visit mrsmachining.biz. Mazak, call 859-342-1700 or visit mazakusa.com. Milltronics, call 952-442-1410 or visit milltronics.net. Volume 1

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