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  • Local machining companies to host high school student tours on Feb. 7

    Feb 04, 2014 | Read More News
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    A group of local machine shops is working with local high schools and the Pima County One-Stop Career Center to introduce students to machining occupations in the aerospace industry.
    Desert View Machine Shop
    It is anticipated that many of these students will pursue science, technology, and engineering and math careers.

    Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners (SAMP) has arranged for tours on Friday, Feb. 7, of 13 manufacturing facilities by 141 freshmen and sophomores from Desert View High School and Tanque Verde High School.

    Buses will begin delivering the students to the companies between 7:45 and 8:30 a.m. and will return the students to school between 9:45 and 10:30 p.m.

    Students will spend 1½-2 hours at a facility, which will include an introduction to the company and its products. Some companies will show students all the steps in the machining process of turning a blank plate into a finished product. Some will introduce students to mill and lathe operations. Others will demonstrate full machine operation from programming to manufacturing an end product. One will take the students through the manufacturing operation, including supply chain; logistics; machine setup, run and maintenance; and quality control.

    The companies offering the tours are:
    • Abrams Manufacturing Inc.
    • Air System Components Inc.
    • Alcoa Fastening Systems
    • American Turbo Systems
    • Anewco Products Inc.
    • Argus Machine Inc.
    • Arizona Canning Company
    • Hi-Tech Machining
    • ITDE Inc.
    • Kirsh Manufacturing Inc.
    • Parker Hannifin
    • Sargent Aerospace & Defense
    • B/E Aerospace

    Tucson High Magnet School students will tour Abrams Manufacturing in March or April.

    The tours are not open to the public.

    Last year, One-Stop and SAMP worked with Pima Community College (PCC) to produce a revised machining program. Desert View High School and the Tucson High Magnet School identified graduating seniors who qualified for the revised pilot program at PCC. These graduates worked during the summer as interns at manufacturing companies through a targeted sector employment partnership with the One-Stop. When the interns began the machining program at PCC, the One-Stop assisted with tuition and books and the employers kept the students employed while they took PCC classes. This group has started their second semester at PCC.

    For more information about One-Stop services, please visit the One-Stop website.