Local manufacturing pipeline underway

A local manufacturing pipeline of skilled workers is being set up to replace thousands of baby boomers expected to retire

Justin Kite has a decal on the back of his pickup truck that says “Dirty Hands, Clean Money.”

The Molino native developed his work ethic operating tractors and hay balers on his family’s farm. At 16, the then-Northview High School student worked after school operating a feed store’s bagging machine.

Today, Kite is a machine operator at Plastic Coated Papers, Inc., in Cantonment, and is following in his family’s manufacturing footsteps. His father and uncle are both maintenance technicians while his grandfather and another uncle are welders and pipe fitters.

“My family has always worked in manufacturing,” he said. “I’ve seen what kind of living they can make. I’ve always liked the industrial setting so that’s what pretty much drew me to it.”

Before graduating from Northview in 2015, Kite earned a MSSC-CPT, which is the common reference for the Certified Production Technician certification from the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.

Northwest Florida manufacturers hope those seven letters, which serve as the first step to more advanced certifications and a myriad of potential career paths, will help plug a hole when the current workforce retires.

“The shortage is just beginning,” said Cindy Anderson, executive director of the ten-county Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council. “But the anticipation over the next four years is that there will be approximately 5,000 positions that cannot be filled with skilled workers.”

It is projected that by 2025, the United States will need to fill 3.4 million manufacturing jobs, but will face a two million shortage due to baby boomer retirement, said Leo Reddy, MSSC chairman and CEO. He addressed the NWFMC at its general membership meeting Wednesday morning.

“We have a good idea of where we will find 1.4 million of those,” he said. “But we don’t have any idea where we will find the other two million.”

Three years ago, the NWFMC formed in preparation of that baby boomer exodus. It used $1.5 million from the state legislature to set up a total of 10 career academies across the 10 county area. Five are manufacturing and five are in related fields like construction and welding, for example.

Employers know what they are getting when someone has passed the four-part CPT exam, said Steven Harrell, curriculum specialist in the workforce education for Escambia County School District.

“This is a person who knows how to be safe, understands precision processes and understands maintenance,” Harrell said.

He renovated the wood shop at Pensacola High School into the Automation and Production Technology Academy.

The room with a bare concrete floor where lathes and table saws once called home now has a computer lab in one quarter of the space. The rest is an “industrial work space” where several educational work stations sit on an epoxy-coated floor.

The computers, software and learning stations were funded with $120,000 worth of grants and other funding sources. About $20,000 was spent on software that simulates the learning stations where students practice with precision measurement tools, mechanical drive systems, applied electrical controls, AC/DC electrical systems and pneumatic instrumentation.

Student learn theory on the computers then practice what they’ve learned at the hands-on learning stations.

PHS senior Kadarrious Lewis is one of three who will sit for the fourth and final CPT exam in early May.

“I know if I get this certification, it is a step in the door of manufacturing,” he said

The manufacturing academy instructor at PHS is John McDaniel, who said the career technical education programs can be life changers for students.

“The reality is, we have a really high high school dropout rate,” he said. “Instead of dropping out, (students) can make $15 or $16 an hour straight out of high school.”

Educators are quick to point out that the career academies are for all students with varying paths. They can be the first step on a road that leads to a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, for example. Or they can be the precursor to a vocational school like the George Stone Technical Center.

“It’s great to produce an engineer,” Harrell said. “But if I can produce an engineer with calluses on his hands, even better.”

Kite is the first to earn a CPT certification in a manufacturing career academy in Escambia County. Northview was the pilot and began in August 2014. The other academies began in August 2015.

Local manufacturers hope he is the first trickle in a torrent of skilled workers able to take up entry level positions.

“Justin is a guy with grit. He’ll do well in whatever he wants to do,” Harrell said. “I wish I had 100 just like him.”

Source: http://www.pnj.com/story/money/business/2016/04/20/local-manufacturing-pipeline-underway/83277770/





Chemist’s 3-D printer could open doors for manufacturing revolution

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. —Chemist Joe DeSimone’s M1 is a 3-D printer inspired by science fiction.

When DeSimone saw the robot T-1000 rise from a molten pool in “Terminator 2,” he imagined a machine that would do something similar.

In a TED Talk last year, he demonstrated an early prototype, growing a complex sphere from a liquid pool in minutes. Now, his company, Carbon, is unveiling its first commercial printer — a machine capable of making everything from cushioning for running shoes to complex car parts.

“This actually has multiple pieces that was printed all as one part,” he said, demonstrating a product to CBS News correspondent John Blackstone.

“This moves, but it was all printed together,” Blackstone pointed out.

“That’s right,” DeSimone responded.

Through the years, factory floors have needed multiple machines, each designed for one specific job, from bolting to soldering to shaping parts. With his new invention, DeSimone imagines nothing less than a manufacturing revolution.

“Think about a place that has 100 of these machines — and what’s really cool is, as you change what products you want to make, you don’t have to change the factory floor,” DeSimone said.

Until now, 3-D printers have operated by slowly building layer upon layer of material, a time-consuming process used mostly to create prototypes. What other 3-D printers do in hours, the M1 does in minutes — and not just prototypes, but finished products ready to be used.

The same machine can produce both flexible and hard materials.

“It’s all about chemistry,” DeSimone said.

The speed and flexibility opens a wide range of possibilities.

“Complex medical devices, whether it’s inside of your heart or your kneecap or your feet or your teeth or your ears,” DeSimone said.

Legacy Effects studio is one of the lucky few, along with BMW and Ford, given the opportunity to spend months testing Carbon’s new printer.

“How is this technology being looked upon in that 3-D printing community?” Blackstone asked.

“They walked up to the industry and dropped a grenade and walked away,” Legacy Effects lead systems engineer Jason Lopes said.

Lopes said 3-D printing has been part of their creations for years. But when a commercial needed an Easter bunny on short notice, Carbon’s printer provided a faster solution.

“I came in at seven in the morning, printed out the bunny, handed it over by eight in the morning, it was finished painted and brought on set by 10:30 a.m. and shot,” Lopes said.

From creatures to practical parts — “You name it, we make it,” Lopes said.

And, in a way, that brings the machine back to its inspiration.

“One of the first projects we did on it was the Terminator Genisys collectibles. How ironic can that be?” Lopes said.

3-D printing was invented more than 30 years ago amid high hopes and plenty of hype. The factory of the future may still be a long way off, but when it arrives, it could be a good example of life imitating art.

Source:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/carbon-m1-3d-printer-chemist-joe-desimone-manufacturing-revolution/

Anheuser-Busch Career Opportunity

Friday, April 22, 2016
10:00am-3:00pm at
CareerSource NEFL Beach Blvd. Career Center

Open Job Opportunities:
Manufacturing Mechanic – Job Order # 10199042
For job specifications, visit http://www.employflorida.com


CareerSource NEFL Beach Blvd. Career Ctr.
11160 Beach Blvd., Ste. 111
Jacksonville, FL 32246

Job Opportunity: IFF Chemical Plant Operator

Position Title:  Chemical Plant Operator

Salary:  $17.00 per hour

Job Description

Are you looking for a position where you can grow and develop to higher levels by working hard, dedication to superior performance, improving and enhancing your skills?  We have 1 new entry level chemical operator position available. We are looking for candidates who can excel in these roles and eventually move to the supervisor ranks or other opportunities throughout the plant. If you need to supplement your college education cost we provide a generous education reimbursement program.

This entry-level position is a general chemical plant operator who functions in a labor capacity.  The operator is responsible for the operation of the equipment and materials to process a liquid chemical for use in fragrance manufacturing. The facility is an outdoor facility and requires work during all-weather conditions. Tasks to include: Equipment Operation (includes Line-ups/Transfers, Tank Readings, Monitoring of Equipment, Cleaning of Equipment and other tasks assigned to operate the equipment); Wastewater Management; Product Sampling; Truck/Railcar Loading and Unloading; Safety and Housekeeping Details; Use of computerized equipment, Data Entry, etc.

Wages/Benefits/Hours of Work: The starting wage at the training rate is $17.00 / hour with a training program which we estimate to take approximately 2 – 3 years. Wages are increased as you move through the cycle with the current maximum hourly rate of $20.15.  The plant operates on a 24 / 7 basis with 12-hour rotating shifts from days to nights.  Employees work 2 weeks on day shift and then move to 2 weeks on night shift.  Every employee works a 3 day weekend from Friday thru Sunday every other weekend.  Employees work 3 shifts (36 hours) one week and 4 shifts (48 hours) the following week. Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance. Vacation and a generous 401k is also available.

Required SkillsEducation:  High School Graduate or GED required as a minimum.  Associates Degree is a plus.Math skills are essential in the function of this position including multiplication and division.Skills: Proven ability to multi-task, good communication and teamwork skills with peers and supervisors, ability to operate safely in chemical manufacturing facility.Physical Demands: The position requires that employees must be able to wear a respirator as well as lift, carry, pull and push equipment, materials and other required items up to 50 pounds. Predominantly the position requires standing / walking for up to 9 hours per shift.  Position requires the ability to climb multiple types of ladders including pole ladders and step ladders/stairs. Climbing heights of 12 – 90 feet is required. In addition vision (including color vision), hearing and smelling are essential functions of the position.Prefer: High School or college courses in chemistry.Required Experience

Requirements for Applicants with no college

Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a manufacturing plantMinimum of 2 years’ experience in the operation of moving equipment such as forklifts, tote and tank wagons, etc.Prefer minimum of 2 years’ experience in an industrial scale chemical plantRequirements for Applicants with Associates Degree or are currently attending collegeMinimum of 2 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment. Prefer minimum of 1 year experience in an industrial scale chemical plant.

Apply : http://www.iff.com/careers/careers-at-iff