The Alliance for Working Together was started in 2002 as just a small informal group (15 or 20) to discuss topics of interest and as a way to reach out to other manufacturers in the region. The AWT has since then been meeting to address issues, challenges and best practices. The AWT consortium now includes 100 manufacturing companies (and growing) all engaged to work toward the sustainability of manufacturing in our community.
As a welder, cutter and solderer I weld or join metal parts. I also use my skills to fill holes, indentations, or seams of metal products, using hand-held metal joining equipment. Employment of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022.
As an industrial machinery mechanic, I maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery. Employment of industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022.
As a mechanical engineer, I design, build and test mechanical and thermal devices, including tools, engines and machines. Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022.
As an Engineering Technician, I install and maintain control systems and equipment, and I change prototypes, parts and assemblies to resolve problems. To test systems, I also set up test equipment and evaluate the performance of developmental parts, assemblies or systems. Then, I use this information to fix design-related issues. In 2014, labor statistics demonstrated that 21 percent of engineering technician jobs had not been filled in Lake County, Ohio. What’s more, approximately 25 percent of the positions were occupied with workers over the age of 55.
As a machinist and a tool and die maker, I set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically controlled machine tools. Across the nation, employment of machinists and tool and die makers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012-2022. In Ohio, the growth rate is 9 percent.
My son was a senior in high school in a tech program housed at Lakeland when his class participated in the RoboBots competition. His excitement for this project was palpable and the dedication of all involved was most impressive. The professionals from our community that worked with these dedicated students for long hours to create a machine to go to battle was more than touching and impressive. My sons team and their business leader worked straight through the night the night before the competition to make sure they had the best of their best to go head to head. Sadly their in the ring results weren’t want they hoped for but the lessons learned were priceless. As a parent and a business professional I can’t say enough about the impact of this program to our youth and the future of manufacturing in our community. I’m proud to say my son is now 23 and a welder and he truly loves creating and building.
We had Auburn reach out to us this week about doing internships. I asked her what was her reasoning for reaching out to us? She said that several kids who attended the Expo at Perry requested internships at Habco after visiting our booth. Way to go AWT! It is working!
I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I am impressed with you and the whole robotics competition. Last Fall when I came to the meeting at Fredon, I had no idea what an undertaking the project is for everyone involved, and the constant time commitment to make the project work. Thank you for all of your kindness and patience, and for all that you did to make the event happen at such a high level. I am very glad that we were able to be a part of it, and I know it will impact our students’ lives in Euclid for a long time to come.
The work you and AWT are doing is very impressive and glad to see it is catching the attention of the community! The focus on changing how high schools see manufacturing careers and better prepare our kids for this industry continues to be mission critical to our long term success.
The first Beaumont robotics team was the driving force to adding a CAD class at Beaumont …. They used their success to encourage other females to pursue STEM careers. Each [of these young ladies] is currently in college pursuing STEM careers. Four have interned in Manufacturing roles in local Cleveland companies. All would tell you that they love combat robots and their experience in the AWT provided them with the opportunity to succeed. They learned to problem solve, to work in teams, to benchmark, to communicate clearly and to present their ideas. They committed to each other and themselves that they would build a successful RoboBot representing Beaumont and AWT on a local and National level.