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Jan 15, 2016
Adapt. Improvise, OvercomeMeeting the Challenges of Todays Manufacturing Technology Class
WelcomeThe purpose of this session is to facilitate/encourage conversation around the current state of manufacturing technology in our schoolsMy name is Paul Fraser and Im a curriculum chair for technology, business, and computer scienceMy background:
Impact!517,000 Ontario jobs at riskManufacturing price index declinesAuto slump drags manufacturing downManufacturing sales stumbleTooling firms plead for auto aidCAW warns plants could go southAuto workers crumple at each economic blowManufacturing sector on the brink of collapse: CME president239,100 jobs `gone for good'
ChallengesGlobal economy and competitionIndustry is moving away from primary fabrication and more towards product assembly and finishingShrinking industry base in OntarioLower enrolment in our programsOlder equipmentIdle rooms
CurriculumDefinition of manufacturingThe process of converting raw materials, components, or parts into finished goods that meet a customer's expectations or specifications. Manufacturing commonly employs a man-machine setup with division of labor in a large scale production.
Curriculum DocumentsOverviewManufacturing is the transformation of materials into products to meet human needs and wants. In todays global economy, manufacturing is the foundation of a nations wealth and power.These courses provide students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to understand, use, and manage manufacturing systems. They will also help students understandthe role of manufacturing technology in our economy; its relationship to other economic sectors; and its effects on people, society, and the environment. Their study of manufacturing technology will prepare students for change and for making critical decisions regarding the future.
What We Do WellDevelop skillsProvide a well educated work forceOur students are good problem solversExtensive and focused apprenticeship, co-op, and special programs (SHSM)
Changing The FocusOverviewOntario has a very strong advanced manufacturing sector (automotive, telecommunications, electronics, computers, aerospace, chemicals, plastics, transportation, and food processing) that not only utilizes traditional skills, but also advanced techniques associated with CNC and RoboticsIndustry is looking for and needs creative problem solvers who can apply their skills at all levels of an organization
Meeting The Challenge Changing The FocusWe need to:Broaden the knowledge base of our students, and not just concentrate on skill development e.g. the role of the manufacturing technologist/engineerWork with our colleagues and industry partners to become more cross curricular e.g. integrate more business and environmental science into our programsCreate a more questioning attitude e.g. not just how to create this part, but what impact will it have locally, nationally, globally. How can we do It better (methods engineering)
Meeting the ChallengeThe ClassroomTech teachers are creative. We are very good at making do with what we haveIt is easy to get caught up in the day to day routine and postpone thinking about tomorrow. We have to make the time to think about how we can change and adapt to the current and future needs of the students, industry, and communityEquipment:We have to think about not just what the equipment is for, but what can it be used for
Meeting the ChallengeThe ClassroomPartnerships:Explore, expand, and investigate more community and industry involvementGuest speakers, tours, donations, projectsBecome leaders and advocatesDevelop a relationship with the elementary panel. Develop projects that would benefit and encourage elementary students to take tech in high school (almost like a SHSM reach ahead)FundingExplore potential revenue sources e.g. Ministry initiatives, local partnerships, providing a service
Personal ExampleWhen I started to teach manufacturing, I used the same techniques that my teachers used; everyone was taught the same skills and created the same project. Theory was confined to the operation of the equipment and the material. A narrow focus. The students became very good at manufacturing the product, but had little or no knowledge of how a manufacturing organization worked.
Personal ExampleAlthough the students achieved a satisfactory level of success, being new from industry I felt something was missing. That summer I revamped my content and methodology to include a broader manufacturing focus. I introduced concepts that relate to the operation of a typical manufacturing organization
Personal ExampleE.g. process planning (how something moves through production), methods engineering, cost control, production control, efficiency calculations, quality assurance. Along with this, I also gave the students more input re: project choices. Recently (within the last couple years), I have introduced global issues and how they affect the local and national economy (I work in Oshawa). To help with this, I often have the economics and business teachers in as guest speakers.
Personal ExampleThe results have been favourable. The students continue to develop skills, but have become more aware of how manufacturing works and its impact. This has enhanced their problem solving abilities as they consider a bigger picture e.g. improved an operation and retrain personnel instead of laying off or what is the impact to the community
Personal ExampleNext steps for me include more interaction with local business, which should result in partnerships.Many of you are already doing this, and have your own stories to relate, this is why sharing of best practices is essential
The FutureAs the focus of society becomes more environmental based, so will the jobs and careersSustainable design and constructionRenewable EnergyWind powerSolar powerResearch and DevelopmentAlternative fuelsHybrid vehiclesGeo Thermal energyFuel Cell technology
Questions, Discussion, Next Steps
Sharing of best practices and general discussionIf you would like to share ideas and receive an update, I can be contacted at [email protected]