MAPP is excited to offer its annual "Educational Outreach Contest" in celebration of manufacturers who have worked over the past 12 months to engage young people in the manufacturing industry. Every Manufacturing Day, MAPP will recognize three member companies with the Educational Outreach Award. Members interested in participating must submit at least one of the following:
Below you can view submissions from previous Educational Outreach Award Winners:
Last October we hosted a group of 12 Accounting Students from Schreiner University at our Kerrville facility. We did presentations on Lean Manufacturing and Kaizen Events. We talked in detail about Bill of Materials, Costs, Margins, Standards and Manufacturing. We also spoke to what products we manufacture and future job opportunities in the field of manufacturing. Picture attached. We will be hosting a new fall Accounting class for Schreiner University again this month on September 29th to discuss the same topics. Last November we spent a full day presenting to every Health Care classes at a local High School about careers in Health Care through Manufacturing. We went in detail through a presentation that showed pictures and videos of how fun manufacturing is. We answered lots of questions and discussed types of medical devices that are manufactured through plastic injection molding. These classes are comprised of Juniors and Seniors who have an interest in working in Health Care field after graduation. We also donate to local schools and public school foundations that are focused on providing Grants for Innovative Teaching in the classroom. These grants are all STEM based driving interest of grade school students to enter a like field that we love. In addition, we helped develop and manufacture a STEM product for a customer partner of ours and a link to their website is posted on our site.
Next month we will host 15 students of the Society of Plastics Engineers from Baylor University at our Addison facility. This event will be to encourage students at Baylor to join the plastic industry by showing them how fascinating the world of plastics is and allow them to see real manufacturing first hand. We are also in process of setting up another event for this year with the local schools of Kerrville to support manufacturing career interest of children. All of the details have not been lined out for this event, yet.
UConn Student Athlete Career Fair - UConn hosts an annual event in October for its student athletes. This event brings UConn student athlete alumni back to speak with current student athletes about career possibilities post-graduation. An alumnus at Dymotek participated in the career fair in October 2016 and shared the variety of opportunities that exist in manufacturing. These athletes have had the drive and dedication that is necessary to become a Division I athlete. Dymotek values these characteristics and engages with these folks to share company information and establish relationships. This event has been an excellent networking platform and led to internship opportunities at Dymotek.
Manufacturing Day - Dymotek participates in National Manufacturing Day every year. Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. On Manufacturing Day, Dymotek opens its doors to the public and provides tours to several area schools. Guests have the opportunity to see what manufacturing looks like today and explore what types of careers exist. The company shares information on the latest technology and equipment, materials, engineering and design. Because there is such a wide variety of folks who come through, Dymotek tries to touch on as many areas as possible. These tours often generate a lot of interest in Dymotek and manufacturing in general and as a result, lead to many applications for employment. Visitors get to see that there are career opportunities in many different fields and that manufacturing can be a clean and rewarding industry to work in.
Ashford School Career Day - Dymotek joined a number of other community members to participate in Ashford School’s Career Day on Friday, May 5th 2017. Our table focused on robotics and automated manufacturing, aligned with processes employed at Dymotek, and featured a six-axis robot with servo gripper. The robot was generously loaned to us for the event by our robot partner ABB. Students came with scripted questions but it was more fun to get them off-script and hear their thoughts on robotic applications. Having an actual robot helped to spark conversations with and ideas from the students, who ranged from 2nd to 8th grades.
Accounting Department Job Shadow - In February of 2017, Dymotek Corporation welcomed a local high school student for a job shadow in the Finance department. The student is considering a career in the accounting field in the future, and she was interested in learning more about the profession. Dymotek’s Controller, Staff Accountant, and Accounts Receivable Specialist discussed the different types of industries accountants can work in as well as the education and certifications required. Each employee discussed their specific role within Dymotek and the importance of certain aspects of accounting including segregation of duties and confidentiality. The student was very inquisitive about the similarities and differences between a career in public accounting versus private accounting as well as the requirements needed for the attainment of a CPA license. The students left Dymotek with a greater understanding of the accounting profession that will help facilitate her in making a more informed career decision.
UConn Department of Mechanical Engineering Tour - A professor and group of students in the UConn Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) Program visited for a facility tour and Q&A session in April. Students were invited to observe processes, touch parts and material and run equipment to gain an understanding of the manufacturing process. This was a highly engaged group that was enthusiastic about learning the manufacturing process as well as the supporting processes. Students had the opportunity to meet Dymotek employees from different departments to gain an understanding of what types of jobs are available and what paths people have taken to get there. These students have already decided to pursue further education in manufacturing and this visit showcased what manufacturing currently looks like and dispels the antiquated image that is often connected to manufacturing. The visit continues to encourage the next generation of folks coming into the industry.
Ellington High School Tour - Students from an environmental education class at a local high school toured Dymotek’s Ellington facility on May 26th. Normally tours of Dymotek showcase the technology and manufacturing processes. This was a unique opportunity to share some of the ways the Dymotek reduces impact on the environment. In addition to speaking about the energy saving equipment, tour leaders were able to share information about how scrap is reduced, material is recycled both inside and outside of the plant, low energy lighting and motion sensors are installed, and the conversion of several documentation processes from paper to electronic. This was an extremely engaged group that was excited to see real world applications of what they were learning about in class.
Apprenticeship Program à Journeyman Certificate - Dymotek recently worked with the Connecticut Department of Labor to create a state sponsored apprenticeship program for Process Technicians. While Dymotek has had an informal program for Process Technicians in the past, there was an opportunity to make improvements and help build skills in individuals and in turn, strengthen the Dymotek team. The program now takes an individual on a two year journey that includes on the job training with tooling, quality, process engineering, maintenance, and automation as well as online classes through ToolingU. At the end of the program, the employee receives a certificate of completion from the state and is a Journeyman Injection Molding Process Technician. This is an exciting step in ensuring Dymotek has the right team in place to support the company in coming years.
Putnam High School - Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy has a Robotics and Automation Department which includes a team that participates in robotic competitions. Dymotek has had members on the Robotics Advisory Board at Putnam starting in 2015 and is planning to continue serving on the board and providing mentorship going forward. This program introduces students to assembly, programming, robotics and design and serves as a catalyst for high school students to start thinking about things in new and innovative ways.
Scott Kuehn is the new Chairperson for Project GRILL. Project G.R.I.L.L. stands for Growing Readiness In Learning & Leading and showcases manufacturing career opportunities to High School students through real world design, production, and distribution. Its unique blend of cooperation between manufacturers (sponsors), high schools, teachers, students and parents creates a learning environment where students truly experience the manufacturing process. The journey begins with students creating a “mini” organizational chart, determining who will lead the team, who will take care of the finances, inventory of materials, etc., through design, purchase, and fabrication. This effort concludes ten months later with a fully functional grill! Please check out the following website: www.projectgrill.com
We have provided opportunities for High School students to participate in Youth Apprenticeships, through Lakeshore Technical College. Students go through an interview process for the specific area of interest, I.e., Finance, Engineering, Manufacturing, etc. Once the student is selected, they are assigned to a Bemis mentor and for the next ten months they will spend in excess of 200 hours during the summer and an additional 250 hours during the school year learning and applying lessons learned through their mentor and associates in the given field of interest.
We just concluded our third year of Teacher Externships w/Sheboygan Falls High School. For one week I prepare an agenda which starts on Monday, and ends on Friday. This past year nine teachers participated. The week involves 25 Bemis associates, who participate by presenting and discussing their specific responsibilities. The importance of quality tool design, engineering, customer relationships, supplier importance, quality, processing, etc. are covered in detail.
On Wednesday, a day coined as “Supplier Day”, we visit local suppliers to Bemis. The teachers get an inside view of other manufactures in the area that we work with, demonstrating the importance of our supply chain. The week ends with a “graduation” of sorts, thanking the teachers for their time and efforts. These externships have changed how teachers are approaching their lesson preparations. Example: A math teacher has developed story problems simulating actual challenges that engineers and quality employees face each day. Cost of plastic, size of part, cycle times, and screw geometry are just a few of the criteria now being factored into lessons in order to produce a quality injection molded part.
We are working with Sheboygan North and South High Schools in providing co-op opportunities. Students are placed in fun and challenging positions that encourage them to apply knowledge and creativity as they make contributions to real projects. In addition to hands-on experience in their field, co-ops have the chance to work with members from a variety of functional areas, in a team-based work environment and a culture that celebrates growth and learning.
We work with and have invested in Red Raider Manufacturing (RRM) which will support all students attending either Sheboygan North or South High Schools with the technical curriculum necessary to succeed in this new economy. Welding, engineering, design, robot programming, etc. are some of the skill sets students will not only learn, but can apply the credits they earn to a post high school technical college!
We actively participate in INSPIRE Sheboygan County which was founded in 2013 as an outgrowth of the Business Education Partnership committee of the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce. INSPIRE Sheboygan County is funded solely by its member employers and school districts. This collaboration between area employers and schools offers powerful career exploration and discovery tools that connect young people to their best career options and employers to their future workforce.
Through the INSPIRE website, students contact our career coaches, and can schedule a job shadow, a visit by a Bemis colleague to speak to the class, etc. The job shadow consists of meeting with three different mentors for a period of one hour where at the conclusion of the mentoring process; the team meets at a local restaurant for lunch. The team and student wrap up by discussing expectations, their takeaways, and future thoughts.
Working with our machine partner from Cincinnati, we secured a 33-ton Roboshot injection molding machine from Milacron for Sheboygan Falls High School. This could be the first injection molding machine consigned to a high school in the country!
Working with SFHS technical education instructor Ed Hughes, who has developed curriculum around the machine cell, we will have the ability to teach the students about mold building, machine operation, chemistry, engineering, processing, etc.