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A handful of high school students are getting an up-close look at some of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s manufacturing programs this week.
The college is one of six summer fabrication camps funded by a grant received from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamjigs (NBT), a charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International.
On Monday, Acting Secretary of the State Department of Community and Economic Development Neil Weaver toured the various manufacturing programs on campus.
Weaver made it clear that manufacturing jobs are integral to the nation’s future for building the economy and creating jobs.
He noted that a traditional four-year college degree at a liberal arts college is simply no longer the norm for carving out a career.
“It is important to be here today to see firsthand the enthusiasm and enthusiasm of these students for manufacturing,” he said.
Plastics and Polymers Engineering Instructor Mark Sneidman said the camp is a great way to introduce students to new concepts.
“One of the best things we can do for our program is to bring them here,” he said. “It exposes them.”
Laughing, he described the camp as “an open house on steroids.”
At one point, Weaver asked students who were learning the basics of plastics and polymer engineering if this was a program they might consider.
Two of the students replied that they were just checking things out.
Bradley Webb, Dean of Engineering Technology, said: “Our students can write their own posts.”
Campers will receive hands-on experience with 3D design software, machining, computer numerical control (CNC) automation, and welding.
In May, Governor Wolf announced $79,050 in funding for NBT to host half a dozen camps this year and 12 in 2023.
The camps aim to raise awareness of manufacturing careers in a particular region while providing students with the opportunity to engage in manufacturing.
“The skills gap in the manufacturing sector is very real. It is estimated that we could have over two million unfilled manufacturing jobs by 2030,” Kathy D. Chesmel, assistant dean of materials science and engineering technology, said. “The Thingamajig Pre-College Program is a wonderful opportunity to introduce students to the rich opportunities available to them in a variety of manufacturing sectors.”