The program, taking place on college campuses, is focused on seventh through ninth grades.
In this month’s issue of MMT, I wrote about an instructor’s strategy for teaching his mechanical engineering students about moldmaking via project-based learning. I couldn’t include absolutely everything this instructor teaches his students, so I thought I’d blog about it.
I’ve been working in the manufacturing industry for many years now, and I know that manufacturers have struggled far too long to bridge the skills gap. Thank goodness for moldmaker ingenuity and the desire to rise above the roadblocks!
University education in a shop-like setting helps mold a new generation of enterprising engineers.
Surely there is truth in this headline. I’ve seen it happen with my own eyes and recently witnessed it again when I participated with the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Mold Technologies Division as its Mold Maker of the Year Award was presented to Geoff Luther, owner and president of A-1 Tool Corporation in Melrose Park, Illinois. The award was well-deserved.
It's Time to Educate the Next Generation–Manufacturing Competitions Receive Support from Companies at SkillsUSA
The depiction of manufacturing jobs as dirty and undesirable may soon be a thing of the past. How are manufacturing companies showing their interest in getting more students into the field?
I cannot tell a lie. I was beyond thrilled to finally see Mike Rowe acknowledge moldmaking in his quest to promote the value of manufacturing to this country.
Every year, thousands of high school and college students who are enrolled in public career and technical programs make their way to the SkillsUSA national-level championships to compete for scholarships and awards. These students are the best in their states and are part of a growing movement to ensure that America has a skilled workforce.
A Wisconsin high school manufacturing class funds itself by operating as a business. The program provides a model for other school systems seeking to advance manufacturing instruction. Leaders in one Ohio county recently explored this idea.