Internship Funding is Here – 200 Students Over 3 Years

By Jennifer Ferrero, APR

The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing has received funding, which will be paired with a partnership and additional funding by Boeing, to offer internships to students in Washington over the next three years.

These internships will occur specifically in the rapidly growing area of mechatronics, a field that includes disciplines of electronics, mechanics and information technology.

View the Everett Herald article about the program from November 21, 2016.

The Center of Excellence has published an Internship page on its website that contains summer 2017 paid internship information from Boeing.

In the short-term, the COE will launch a new website which will make it easy for employers to post internships and for students to find and apply for listings.

Students interested in paid internships in the aerospace industry should check back with the Center of Excellence on a regular basis to view new postings. Sign-up notifications of new postings will also be made available. An announcement will be made when the new website launches with internship postings.

Mechatronics programs will be offered at Everett, Renton, Shoreline, North Seattle and South Seattle community colleges. These programs will be branded as MechaWA. More information is coming soon.

 

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Career and Tech Ed + Candidate Forum

At the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, we know the impact of hands-on learning for students.

“CTE currently touches the lives of 14 million students in 1,300 public high schools and 1,700 two-year colleges nationwide. At its core, the mission is to prepare students for success in college and careers by helping them develop the skills, technical knowledge, academic rigor, and real-world experience for high-skill, high-demand, and highly successful careers.” Jobs for the Future, http://www.jff.org

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Please join the Washington Business Alliance Career Tech Ed. Committee as we host a lively conversation with Erin Jones and Rep. Chris Reykdal, the candidates to lead Washington’s K-12 system as Superintendent of Public Instruction.

DATE & TIME
October 20, 2016
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

VENUE
Seattle Center: Armory Loft
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

The questions will focus attention on how each candidate would approach making sure all students in Washington have access to hands-on, vocational learning opportunities.

Breakfast is included.

Register here. 

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Important Panel @ BABC in Seattle Today

By Jennifer Ferrero, APR

mary_kaye_bredeson_108_108_sToday in Seattle, Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director for the COE for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, is facilitating a key panel regarding our millennial workforce at the Pacific NW British-American Business Council.

Millennials in the workforce in Washington are critical to the industry due to the aging aerospace workforce.

The Council fosters “commerce, friendship, and economic growth between the United States and the United Kingdom.”

The Panel subject focuses on millennials entering the job market: 

HARNESSING NEXT-GENERATION EMPLOYEES: A flood of millennials are entering into the world’s dynamic job market. With these new employees comes shifting demands and expectations. How can companies achieve a balance – harnessing next generation employees while continuing to retain valuable seasoned professionals? Our expert panel of speakers will explore the new communication efforts, generational retention and best practices to attract new employees, and discuss how new and existing programs – such as the UK’s Apprenticeship Program – are helping cultivate tomorrow’s workforce in the US and across the pond.

Panelists are: 

  • Fiona McKay, Parker Aerospace
  • Jay Schmidt, Silicon Forest Electronics
  • Demetria “Lynn” Strickland, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee
  • Robin Twyman, UK Government Office Seattle

If you weren’t able to attend, here is a link to the Program for more information.

Here’s a link to the conference website.

twitter View @coeaerospace for current tweets about the event

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2016 Annual Report

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Washington state’s Centers of Excellence link business, industry, labor and the state’s educational systems to create a highly skilled and readily available workforce critical to the success of the state’s economy. Each center is funded through the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and is housed at a community or technical college.

Centers of Excellence serve as statewide resources representing the needs and interests of a specific industry sector. Through an ongoing investment, Centers are charged with narrowing the gap between employer workforce needs and the colleges’ supply of work-ready graduates. They are a critical component of the state’s strategy of sustaining an innovative and vibrant economy.

Each Center of Excellence Core Expectations include:

• Economic development

• Industry sector strategy

• Education, innovation and efficiency

• Workforce supply and demand

View the 2016 Annual Report as an eBook.

Order a printed copy.

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Mechatronics: Rapid repair of high-tech machines in manufacturing

By Jennifer Ferrero

According to AMTEC, over the next 10 years, 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will be needed in the United States. New careers are rapidly emerging to support high-tech production. One new area of growth is in Mechatronics.

In today’s manufacturing, cars, airplanes, and other products are built by robots or large format machines. These machines often complete work that is impossible, unsafe, or time-consuming for humans to do. In the automotive industry, using high tech robots in manufacturing started about 10-years ago. In Washington’s aerospace and advanced manufacturing industry, robots are just becoming a reality thanks to an organization called the Automotive Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (AMTEC) out of Kentucky.

AMTEC led a workshop hosted by the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing at Everett Community College in Everett, WA to teach their expertise around “Mechatronics” (a combination of mechanics and electronics to service high tech machinery). And, although their background started in the development of technicians for the auto industry, they have adopted the same skill set and job descriptions within many other industries – such as aerospace.

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AMTEC conference held at Everett Community College demonstrated a rapid training model for those interested in Mechatronics, a combination of mechanics and electronics (i.e. people who can fix high-tech robots and machinery in an advanced manufacturing environment.)

Manufacturers now are responding to increasing demand in the marketplace to produce cars, airplanes and many other advanced manufactured items.

Who will operate and fix the high-tech machines and robots so that manufacturers don’t lose production time? 

AMTEC answered that question and more about the education surrounding Mechatronics and meeting demand through the community and technical college system.

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AMTEC representatives and supporters

The Nissan Model

Kevin Smith from Nissan said they ramped-up with the AMTEC model in their manufacturing processes to dramatically increase production and support of automotive robots and machines. They went from training people through two-year apprenticeships to fast-track certifications. Technicians who earn these credentials can start as high as $70,000 a year – many of these are students just out of high school.

Without AMTEC, Nissan simply wasn’t meeting production demands. Now, they expect student capacity to increase by more than 400% by 2020.

Areas of manufacturing training for Nissan:

1. Industrial/electrical maintenance (Mechatronics)
2. Machine tool, tool & die
3. Auto mechanics/technology
4. Auto paint and body
5. Welding

Jobs are created through the use of robotics in manufacturing

The machines being used on the manufacturing floor, have increased production and quality assurance, and surprisingly have created jobs. On average, two-four jobs are created per machine according to Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive
Director of the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing. In other words, the use of machines is not displacing workers – in most cases, new jobs are created.

Without Mechatronics, several techs are needed to solve every machine problem

Recently, without the Mechatronics discipline, it would often take a handful of specially trained technicians to fix a machine. This can cost the company time and money in delays. With Mechatronics, one technician can engineer, support and maintain the robots and machines.

In practice, those trained in Mechatronics are on-hand to rapidly diagnose and fix the issues on machines. Usually the role is stationed in the Maintenance and Operations department in a manufacturing plant. Generally not a glamorous job, this role has become more technical and scientific than ever before; requiring a new breed of maintenance worker.

Craig Hopkins, program manager with AMTEC and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System provides hands on training and product development to support manufacturing companies in workforce development.

Craig Hopkins, program manager with AMTEC and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System provides hands-on training and product development to support manufacturing companies in workforce development.

AMTEC hired experts to determine best practices and to develop curriculum

The AMTEC organization (funded by a National Science Foundation Grant), hired subject matter experts to sit down with manufacturers to conduct curriculum development sessions, called DACUMS that will allow them to find out processes and roles for conducting work. Through these, expert researchers, like Dr. Katherine Manley, AMTEC was able to create rapid training programs that meet the need of manufacturers in our country.

Dr. Katherine (Kitty) Manley of AMTEC is an expert researcher who conducted DACUMS with manufactures through a National Science Foundation Grant, which enabled AMTEC to create educational pathways.

Dr. Katherine (Kitty) Manley of AMTEC is an expert researcher who conducted DACUMS with manufacturers through a National Science Foundation Grant, which enabled AMTEC to create educational pathways.

Community and Technical Colleges and school districts are responding to the need for training

At a Boeing plant (Renton, WA), there has been a recent introduction of large format multi-ton machines built by Electro-Impact to manufacture the wing assemblies. Kay Latimer, Engineering Technology Instructor at Edmonds Community College was in attendance at the event to learn more about the Mechatronics discipline. She said they are looking at adding further courses and certifications for their students to meet the need of the industry.

Kaye Latimer, Engineering Technology Instructor at Edmonds Community Colleges is looking into the discipline of Mechatronics for their college.

Kay Latimer, Engineering Technology Instructor at Edmonds Community College is looking into the discipline of Mechatronics for their college.

Other instructors, and thought leaders on the subject of Mechatronics were in attendance as well, including Amazon and Boeing to learn about this technology.

Members of Washington’s manufacturing industry are supportive

Key industry partners from world-wide manufactures based in Washington are standing behind the Mechatronics training model.

Key industry partners from world-wide manufacturers based in Washington are standing behind the Mechatronics training model, including Amazon and Boeing

Five unique innovations in the Mechatronics industry:

1. Collaboration and strategic alliances (between competing manufacturers to document training needs in advanced manufacturing)
2. Mandatory partnerships between community and technical colleges and their industry partners for identifying standards, developing curriculum and assessment tools and professional development
3. The use of innovative and efficient processes to convene industry and educators
4. The development of a national curriculum and career pathways
5. Standardized assessment models

AMTEC is about skills mastery

The philosophy of AMTEC is unique because grades are not averaged, it is based upon mastery learning. Curriculum is based upon DACUM curriculum sessions which industry folks and educators get together to identify the tasks to do a job and then set it up to align
with courses, modules, and program hours to complete a degree.

AMTEC partner schools can opt in getting a simulator in the training program to teach skills mastery (repair, troubleshoot).

A simulator resides on the Everett Community College campus and allows manufacturing students to test and troubleshoot machining issues - this process leads to mastery of the discipline.

A simulator resides on the Everett Community College campus and allows manufacturing students to test and troubleshoot machining issues – this process leads to mastery of the discipline.

The testing and curriculum developed by AMTEC can be used to test employees in the industry as well as students.

“Competency-based learning is the way forward for our educational systems,” Dr. Katherine Manley said.

Still though, the biggest question remains is how to attract students into the industry?

Dr. Stanley Chase, a former superintendent, who retired and then went to work for AMTEC spoke about career pathways, introducing students to careers and manufacturing and how to make it stick:

Career Pathways – Creating success

  1. Awareness starts at k-5 (industry needs to go to the elementary school; parent nights)
  2. Internal and external champions are needed
  3. Senior leadership at colleges to support concept
  4. Galvanizing vision for exemplary programs came before the dollars
  5. Partnerships, employers, schools, colleges, government, have Memorandums of understanding (MOUs)
  6. Wrap around services – provides career guidance, academic counseling, mentor financial assistance, internships or apprenticeship opportunities for student success.

Big idea – get support from industry, government, and educators to bring the jobs to the students through career fairs – show them, don’t tell them.

According to Dr. Chase, career pathways counselors should be at all high schools and middle schools.

Dr. Stan Chase is a proponent of career pathways and educating students about the viable careers in manufacturing starting in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Dr. Stanley Chase is a proponent of career pathways and educating students about the viable careers in manufacturing starting in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

For more about AMTEC, http://www.autoworkforce.org.

Contact: 

Danine Alderete Tomlin, executive director
AMTEC Principal Investigator
Kentucky Community and Technical College System
T: 859-256-3284
E: danine.tomlin@kctcs.edu
http://www.autoworkforce.org

To become a partner school in Washington: 

Mary Kaye Bredeson, executive director
Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing
T: 425-388-9987
E. mbredeson@everettcc.edu
http://www.coeaerospace.com

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Paid Summer Internships with Boeing

Great news! Boeing is offering summer internships at a variety of locations within Washington State.

Here are some preliminary details:

  • Must be 18 and have a high school diploma
  • Boeing sites in Auburn, Puyallup, Renton, Kent, Bellevue, Tukwila, Seattle or Everett.
  • Begins July 11 – September 1, 2016
  • Submit your resume by May 13!

View full program details:

Boeing Summer Internships 2016

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Strategic 2016 Goals to Impact Industry

 

Our goals are based upon Center of Excellence priorities and our FY 2015-16 Work Plan.

Our goals are associated with areas of focus that will impact Washington’s future economy and workforce development.

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Mechatronics: This past year the COE partnered with several state interests, including the Boeing Company and Darigold (one of the largest privately held companies in the state) to develop and deliver common course curriculum based on the AMTEC (Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education) model. AMTEC is a collaboration of community and technical colleges and industry partners who seek to prepare highly skilled technicians for employment in industry.

Student retention and completion: As an agency expected to integrate the interests and needs of stakeholders on all sides of the equation (e.g., colleges, industry partners and students), the COE is working diligently to ensure that programs are shaped and targeted toward meeting specific industry needs as well as facilitating the engagement of students in relevant curriculum that is bench-marked to industry standards.

Grant funding: As in years past, grant funding remains an essential component in the success of many COE programs. Three following major grant initiatives merit attention.

  1. National Institute for Standards & Technology (NIST). The COE recently completed a one-year project funded through the National Institute for Standards & Technology (NIST).
  2. Washington Integrated Sector Employment. This nearly $10 million project, funded through a Round #4 DOL TAACCCT grant, brings together the clean energy, advanced manufacturing and construction sectors to prepare participants for employment in entry level, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship occupations.
  3. DOL AIA (Apprenticeship in America) Grant. The role of the COE will be to convene subject matter experts from industry, trade unions and associations and post-secondary education for the purpose of identifying core Knowledge, Skills & Abilities required of workers upon entry into apprenticeships, as well as core duties and tasks required of apprentices across manufacturing sectors represented within Washington State.

Communication and Outreach:

  1. Air Washington. In September 2015, the Air Washington Grant expired. All of the accumulated content and media surrounding Air Washington was moved to the COE website as a permanent home. The content on this site will be preserved on the COE website for the foreseeable future.
  2. Social Media. 2015 was a huge year for “tweeting” for the COE. Bredeson, executive director had determined that most of her industry peers favored Twitter to other social media channels. Bredeson attended events and would routinely upload photos, content and comments regarding the events in real time. The organization also continue to write blog articles and publish e-newsletters. Social media outreach in 2015 had a slightly lower volume, but more impactful postings when possible. This was due to staff and contractor dedication on many larger projects.
  3. Resource Guide. 2015 marked the 3rd revision to the “Resource Guide,” a college catalog of statewide industry programs. This year’s Guide was renamed, “Washington Program & Resource Guide for Education and Careers in Aerospace & Manufacturing.” The book received a new design along with enhancement of sections. Additionally, the book was made available through online ordering (hardcopy), and through eBook viewing via the website.
  4. Website Updates. Website copy is audited and updated throughout the year. This year, two key website systems, “Recent Graduates” and “Industry Job Postings” systems continued to be maintained with new information. In 2016, a new goal will be to dedicate more time to updating, follow-up and measurement of the success of these tools.

Our goals are measured on a Quarterly basis.

If you have an interest in learning more about our scheduled outcomes and/or projects, please contact us at 425-388-9196.

 

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