Cutting tool manufacturer Sandvik Coromant hosted 30 eighth-graders for an educational event at its productivity center in Schaumburg, Illinois on April 27. Known as the “Surgeons of Steel,” the students from Eisenhower Middle School in Rockford, Illinois have special interest and capability in metalworking and technical fields.
“The greatest challenge facing the future of manufacturing is the limited amount of skilled labor. That’s what our participation in these events aims to address” said Tom Henry, manager of the productivity center. “It’s encouraging to see so many interested young students who are excited about the manufacturing industry. It’s inspirational.”
During the student visit, Mr. Henry and Kevin Clay, sales manager, presented a brief overview of the company’s “Bridging the Skills Gap” presentation and detailed manufacturing processes such as milling, drilling and turning. The company’s Craig Dimond, Jesus Nava, Brett Voigt and Rob Munn also provided a CAD/CAM presentation, along with a number of live machine demonstrations on milling, drilling and turning, including a demo on gear cutting on the new Hofler gear milling machine.
Eisenhower Middle School is participating in the Rockford School District’s Introduction to Manufacturing Program, which created the Pathways for Technical Careers Academy to expose interested students to local colleges and manufacturing businesses to help them begin developing career aspirations in the manufacturing industry. Program participants were presented with their honorary “Surgeons of Steel” T-shirts by Sandvik Coromant during a Rockford School District Event in February, when the program kicked off.