Last spring, several staff members from the Elk Grove Unified School District attended a kick-off meeting hosted by Siemens together with several locally based Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). The group included CEOs, VPs, teachers, public school administrators, human resource representatives and higher education institutions. The staff from the Siemens North American passenger light rail manufacturing facility led a tour of their more than 583,000 square foot facility where they employ more than 1,000 people all working to build a full range of rail vehicles. After the tour, the group of local leaders discussed the OEM industry, the skilled workforce needs of those manufacturers and the job, career and educational opportunities for local area graduates.
The OEM industry, similar to the building industry, offers many career avenues for students who graduate from high school. Often, instead of choosing to go directly to college, graduates seek to gain hands-on experience in a trade, earn a steady income and eventually become professional tradesmen and women with opportunities to go on to college and into management. During the tour of each station, manufacturing area leads spoke to the tour group to tell their story of how they went from high school and into a community college, a trade school or the military to earn a special manufacturing skill certification and that since joining Siemens, they’ve advanced their skills, pay and experience working for an international company. At the conclusion of the half-day event, it became clear to the tour group that several of the skills sought, like welding and engineering, are easily transferable from one industry to another.
Two Elk Grove Unified Career Technical Education teachers took advantage of training offered by industry experts from the OEM group where they learned more about CAD programs and advanced welding. Since last spring, discussions have continued between EGUSD and SVMI to build awareness about the many opportunities in manufacturing for EGUSD graduates. This fall, as high school students gear up to make important decisions regarding their future careers, participation in career fairs and activities can be life-altering given the many opportunities to network. SVMI is dedicated to helping students across the valley gain exposure to 21st century manufacturing careers and the month of October will be packed with events featuring SVMI and their partners to give students an idea of the opportunities and rewarding careers available in the manufacturing business.
SVMI is focused on making a positive impact on the lives of young people by educating students and the community in jobs involving mechanical and manufacturing engineers, machinist, quality technician, maintenance mechanic, customer service / sales, post production technicians and more. SVMI’s goal is to ensure that the Sacramento area is viewed as a competitive manufacturing region with plenty of skilled workers to fill job openings. SVMI is participating in many informational activities that will wrap up with a tour of Pacific Coast Producers in Woodland on October 19, 2018.
Other events featuring SVMI included:
- Making your Mark Award Ceremony on Oct. 5
- Ceronix of Auburn tour on Oct.5
- Ceratizit of Rancho Cordova Tour on Oct 5.
- Rocklin Mini Maker Faire at Sierra College on Oct. 6
- Valley High School Career Fair at Siemens on Oct. 10
- Siemens tour on Oct. 11
- High school student presentations by Tri Tool, Stewart Tools, Garner Products, Harris & Bruno, Siemens and JL Haley during the month of October.
The Elk Grove Unified School District enthusiastically welcomed SVMI and their partners to attend the district’s many career fairs. Siemens and SVMI partners recently presented at the Valley High School Career Fair on October 10th and look forward to participating in Laguna Creek High School’s Career Fair on October 17th as well as the upcoming Florin High School Career Fair on October 18th & 19th. The combined outreach and awareness efforts between EGUSD, the 5th largest school district in California and Siemens, one of the largest manufacturing conglomerates in the world, specializing in industry, energy, healthcare, and infrastructure, promises to continue delivering high quality instruction for EGUSD students, which will prepare them to become high performing people who find high performance solutions.