With a promising number of small- to medium-sized manufacturing companies, those employing less than 200 people, in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties, our region has become increasingly diversified within the industry, which has kept us healthy and growing.
Our RAMTEC facility expansion
really could not come at a better time. Positioning ourselves to train students for the most advanced manufacturing and engineering jobs of tomorrow is in direct response to today's growing demand for a highly skilled workforce.What is RAMTEC?
Officially, RAMTEC stands for the Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative. The goal is to make CVCC one of the best training facilities in the region at cultivating a highly skilled workforce to fill the often unfilled jobs in Ohio, namely in the areas of aerospace and aviation, polymers and chemicals, bio-health, agribusiness and food processing, and automotive.
The $2.25 million project is taking place thanks in part to a Straight A Fund Grant from the state of Ohio to overhaul our manufacturing program.
And while the construction
will be ongoing for the 3,200-square-foot addition from now through January 2016, we are also completely renovating our current interior space by reconfiguring the machinery and installing new CNC (computerized numerical control) equipment.
In addition to CNC, our students are well versed in the MasterCam software that guides the CNC machines that make modern manufacturing possible.
Locally we partner with companies such as Hyson Products in Brecksville, Laszeray in North Royalton, Christopher Tools in Solon, and Cobra Plastics in Macedonia just to name a few. Our students fulfill internships and apprenticeships at these companies and very often end up working there long-term.Leaps of Technology
The times have changed drastically since I started in the field as a toolmaker and machine builder at companies such as Duracell, Goody, and Northwest Airlines. For instance, what used to take weeks to create on a drafting board by a draftsman can now be accomplished in mere moments with 3-D modeling.
When Microsoft Windows came out in the mid-1990s, it had a profound effect on the systems of manufacturing. Everything was suddenly faster and more highly efficient.
Still, several misconceptions exist about manufacturing as a career choice. I've heard from parents that it seems like a dead-end job in a dying field. This could not be further from the truth. My phone rings all week long with companies looking to hire our students.
And the field is often misperceived as unclean. Again, not true. In order to meet current precision standards and requirements, manufacturing hubs and machine shops are actually ultra clean, lab-like environments.
Lastly, there is a belief out there that manufacturing jobs do not pay well. The truth is that in any career field, general labor does not earn the salary that highly skilled does. We are focusing on highly skilled technical careers
in the manufacturing area. Our facility expansion will allow us to train and educate students for employment in CNC machining, programming, welding fabrication, automated manufacturing, programmable control, and hydraulics. From combs and brushes to flashlight batteries and jet engines, the general public has very little idea of all the complex skills that go into making a product affordable to the masses, yet efficient and long lasting. By Richard Parrott, Machine Technology Instructor, CVCC
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