MAGNET is excited to introduce you to our Engineering Intern Nathan Palsa. Nathan is going to be a sophomore this fall at Cleveland State University where he majors in Mechanical Engineering. The field of Engineering was an obvious choice for Nathan because he has always had a passion for taking things apart and finding out how they work, ever since he was a kid. He has already had plenty of hands-on experience here at MAGNET working on an agitation system for a heat treating company and a water saving shower system. Nathan loves all the experience he is getting in the machine shop. "It’s a good feeling to know how to make almost any part that you need from a chunk of raw material," he says. In his spare time Nathan likes to work on cars (or anything with a motor). "There are always at least 3 things that I have taken apart or am trying to put back together at a time," says Nathan. So needless to say, he stays pretty busy!
Christopher is a sophomore attending Cleveland State University and majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He heard about an internship opportunity with MAGNET at one of CSU’s career fairs and was interested in the internship because of the many different projects he would be able to work on and the experience he would gain. Chris has already worked on a wide variety of projects since he began his internship in May. Some of the projects include running the piping for Cleveland Whiskey, building a Carbon Nanotube vessel for ADAP Nanotech, and building parts for E3 Clean Technologies. In his free time Chris likes to go out with his friends, read, and work on his own personal projects. His favorite food consists of Mexican food and cannolis. MAGNET is very fortunate to have Chris as part of their engineering team and we are excited to see all that he will learn and accomplish in his upcoming years here. Visit MAGNET’s Workforce & Talent Development page to learn more about information on good careers for young adults in advanced manufacturing and engineering.
The skills gap in the manufacturing workforce continues to be a challenge. Employers constantly bemoan their inability to get qualified workers, educators convene employers to better understand what they are looking for and develop new programs, and job seekers experience frustration when they are not selected due to lack of skills. It is time to start looking more closely at potential solutions, the role that employers can play, and the value to employers. Recently reports of successful strategies are starting to emerge. The lessons learned from these successes should be explored for replication and duplication. How do you define and measure success in a way that resonates with all the stakeholders? Typically, successful placement in vacant positions is one clear measure. Another is assessing the Economic Impact of the placement on the company and measures that affect its bottom line. One example of a project that did both, is a training program managed by MAGNET in 2011. The project was designed to determine if the attainment of skill certifications matched to employer requirements would result in a pool of candidates to fill current or projected vacancies in entry–level positions. Four Ohio sites were selected. The local team was headed by
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recently published its Report to the President on Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing. This report contains a list of recommended actions for further development of advanced manufacturing in America. For those of us who like to find common ground on how to move the country forward, there is a lot to like about this report: It focuses on the manufacturing sector, which impacts a broad cross-section of our population across geographic, political, and socio-economic boundaries. Academia and industry were well-represented on the council, ensuring a broad perspective. It concludes America has a competitive advantage in manufacturing and it is critical that to build on that advantage. The recommendations in the report focus on improving innovation, education, and the business environment … as American as motherhood and apple pie. It recommends maximizing the use of existing investments (e.g. assets at universities and community colleges) and pooled resources (e.g. cross-cutting technology platforms) to achieve its goals. The recommendations (some of which are already being implemented at the federal, state, or local levels) are practical and actionable. A variety of sectors (local, state, and federal gov’t, private sector, non-profits, service sector) can