For 40 over years, Butler Tech (BT), Fairfield Township, Ohio, has been educating students in career tech education. For over 50 years, Rhinestahl AMG has been manufacturing high tolerance parts for aviation, space, defense and transportation industries. In 2016, they came together to start to close the skill gap in Advanced Manufacturing, specifically to increase enrollment in the Butler Tech Precision Machining Program. The program has a fantastic reputation for building skilled and talented machinist.
The issue: There are not enough students to meet the demand from local manufacturing companies.
The solution: Rhinestahl AMG and Butler Tech combined efforts to increase enrollment in this program with one goal – get the program at full enrollment, to support the needs for summer co-ops and fulltime hires.
Rhinestahl and ten other local manufacturing companies worked together to increase awareness by doing targeted activities:
- Rhinestahl AMG hosted 100 high school students for Manufacturing Day in October. All ten other manufacturing companies hosted tours as well. This initiative exposes students to careers in welding, machining and engineering.
- Sponsored Skills USA competition acts as a recruiting day for junior level students. Students receive a print where they must machine a part in a certain amount of time while competing against their peers.
- Dream It, Do It’s “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” competition with Butler Tech middle school 7th grade students. Rhinestahl hosted 200 middle school students.
The results have been outstanding:
Enrollment is now full, with a wait list of students for the program in 2018-2019 school year. Local employers have multiple job offers for co-op positions and FT time hires.
These are promising careers in STEM with great manufacturing companies, yet there is still a large skills gap. In the United States, there are 18.5 million jobs in the manufacturing industry but there are currently only 12.3 million workers. To fill the 6 million jobs gap, we must recruit and educate younger students on the benefits of a career in the manufacturing industry. The partnership between Rhinestahl and Butler Tech is a step in the right direction.
Here’s what you can do:
Sign up for a tour at MfgDay.com
Contact a manufacturing company near you
Take an externship at a manufacturing company (Teachers)
Huge credit also goes to the following companies who are dedicated to building the pipeline of students at the Butler Tech Machining programs: Meyer Tool, Clippard, Richard Industries, General Tool, Faxon-Machining, Polycraft, Magna Machine, Nolte Precise, Meggitt, Metalex, Valco Melton, Knox Machinery, Hadronics, Able Tool, Custom Tooling, RB Tool, Enterprise Machining.