ABOUT

The mission of the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board is to work together as an industry to create an awareness of the careers within the industry and increase the pipeline of potential future workforce.

The Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board meets on the 3rd Monday of every month. If you would like information on the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board contact Barb Rawson by email at: Barbara.Rawson@Kirkwood.edu or call 319-398-2754. Learn more about the Sector Board Partner Companies that are currently committed to helping advance the future of manufacturing.

Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board 2019 Initiatives

  1. The Creation of this portal to increase awareness about the manufacturing industry and increase the local pipeline of workers.
  2. To plan educational events with middle school students to increase awareness of the manufacturing industry.
  3. To partner with the Kirkwood Academy Students and instructors to increase industry awareness, real world training and career opportunities.
  4. To provide an opportunity for youth to celebrate their acceptance of a job within the manufacturing industry by hosting a Signing Day (similar to athletes signing commitment)

Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board Leadership Team

  • Whitney Meyer
    Whitney Meyer Chair
  • Tom Cavanagh
    Tom Cavanagh Vice Chair
  • Erik Lewis
    Erik Lewis Treasurer
  • Doug Vranek
    Doug Vranek Past Chair

Recent Accomplishments

Advancing the Future Tours

  • Hosted in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Over 950 experiences with 37 tours at 15 companies in 2015
  • Over 950 experiences with 50 tours with 23 schools at 15 companies in 2016
  • Over 1,140 experiences with 65 tours with 23 schools at 22 companies in 2017
  • Over 1,675 experiences with  61 tours with 25 schools at 19 companies, plus 184 members of the public attended a tour in 2018

Industry Training Needs Identified by the Sector Board

Accelerated CNC Program: The Sector Board created this program in 2015. It has run 4 times to date. This accelerated program allows individuals to earn college credit and national industry certifications in 16 weeks, preparing them for immediate employment in high-quality manufacturing jobs and giving them a solid foundation to advance in higher education and careers.

  • In the current class: 11 enrolled, all have passed their first 2 NIMS test.  They’re currently studying the third of four modules and will complete in June 2018.

Accelerated Welding 2016 Program: During the short term training program, the individual will experience a hands-on learning opportunity in Gas Metal Arc Welding. Safety, general welding knowledge and Quality are stressed. Students will progress through the basic welding in the flat and horizontal welding, as well as use of axial spray transfer. They will also be enrolled in a Fabrication Math & Blueprint Reading class where they will learn essential math and blueprint reading skills to become a successful fabricator and/or welder in today’s high tech manufacturing world.

Classes include:

  • Fabrication Math and Blueprint Reading and Gas Metal Arc Welding Short Circuit Transfer.
  • 24 enrolled, 20 completed

Leadership in Manufacturing: The Leadership in Manufacturing Certificate allows an individual to join a cohort of other individuals within the manufacturing industry to learn from, share ideas and form relationships while building leadership skills. Classes are held every other week and on the non-session weeks, individuals will have the chance to use their new skills and knowledge for real life job applications.  Individuals will have the opportunity to complete both level one and two.

  • Tier 1 2016: 26 successful graduates, Tier 2 2016: 24 successful graduates
  • Tier 1 2017: 30 successful graduates, Tier 2 2017: 28 success graduates
  • Tier 1 2018: 28 successful graduates, Tier 2 is underway with 20 participants
  • Tier 1 2019 will begin September 19, 2018

All Stars

“All Star” employees are honored for demonstrating leadership skills, work accomplishments and commitment to their careers. Honorees represent 18-35 year-olds in diverse career fields across a variety of industries, including Advanced Manufacturing. The All Stars are featured in a magazine which is distributed to area schools.

Here is a link to view last year’s magazine if you are interested:  https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/60203583/all-stars-2018

It is time again to nominate someone from your company for the 2019 All-Stars award.  Our goal is to receive a nomination from each business represented on the sector board. Nominations are due by January 29, 2019 and can be submitted using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019ICRAllStar

The All Star Luncheon is set for May 23rd from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

  • 2017 Advanced Manufacturing honorees: Cassie Ellis, Frontier Co-op, Amber Westemeier, Raining Rose
  • 2018 Advanced Manufacturing honorees: Chris Biechler, Clickstop and Laura Tietz, Barnes Manufacturing

Projects

  • Created video: https://youtu.be/-qMB0Day9sY
  • School Counselors in CR area and Washington attended sector board meeting (September 2016)
  • Hosted Women in Manufacturing Event – October 2016
  • Hosted Girls in Manufacturing Event (with Metro HS) – May 2017
  • Hosted Women in Manufacturing Event – October 2017
  • Creating a web portal to promote the industry, careers and awareness 2018

Other

  • Participated in WorldBlu Workforce DC Legislative visit
    • November 2015 and 2017

Sector Board Minutes

Skills 2019 Talent Forecast

Advanced Manufacturing Premier Partners

Advanced Manufacturing Partners

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