The CMTC webinar on COVID-19 Workplace Safety for Manufacturers proved so popular that it is now available for download. The CMTC COVID-19 Workplace Safety Webinar for manufacturers addressed protecting your employees and the workplace while battling COVID-19. Topics included:
- Exposure Points
- Safety Teams
- Risk Mitigation
- Sanitizing and Disinfecting
Click here to access the presentation slides and webinar recording for CMTC COVID-19 Workplace Safety.
Get the PDF flyer for the April 27 Employment Law Webinar
To support employers in keeping up with new laws and regulations resulting from COVID-19, Sierra College is sponsoring the Butte College COVID-19 Employer Weekly Update on April 27 at 1-2 PM with attorney Ann Wicks, who will take questions during the program.
Sierra College Training is sponsoring a complimentary COVID-19 Employer Weekly Update on April 27 from 1-2 PM with employment attorney Ann Wicks. The series of employer updates is offered by The Training Place at Butte College.
During the Employer Update webinar, Wicks will cover the most recent regulations, new laws and guidance issued by the government in response to COVID-19. Participants can ask questions about furloughs, layoffs and other operational issues they face during this crisis. Wicks will provide the latest developments on Emergency COVID-19 Sick Leave and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The webinar includes insights on other impacts on business operations and employee management resulting from the pandemic.
I am monitoring all of the changes as the week progresses and incorporating them into the webinar.
According to Wicks, there has been a steady progression of information to report each week. “I am monitoring all of the changes as the week progresses and incorporating them into the webinar,” said Wicks. “Because the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) continues to be an area with a lot of questions, the first half of the webinar focuses on that. I’m building the common questions that I’m receiving into the discussion. During the second half, we pivot to the other areas where new regulations or guidance have been issued and take questions as we go.”
Wicks has over 25 years of experience assisting employers in all aspects of employment and labor law. A former partner at Littler Mendelson, and of counsel at Cooley Godward, Wicks has broad-based experience across a variety of industries on issues such as wage and hour law, harassment and discrimination claims, workplace investigations, employee leaves and all aspects of the employee life cycle from pre-hire to termination.
Sign up here for the April 27 COVID-19 Employment Law Webinar webinar. After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
As part of the California Community College Economic and Workforce Development Program, Sierra College and Butte College provide cost-effective employer upskill training in their regions. Professional development offerings range from the new Remote Worker Webinar, Virtual Team series, communication, computer skills, and supervisory development to welding, mechatronics and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) training. For profit businesses can apply for the State of California Employment Training Panel funding to subsidize professional development costs.
About Sierra College Training
Since 2003, employers have relied on Sierra College to deliver quality training from industry professionals at a time and location that is convenient for their operations. Repeatedly, businesses give the customized training excellent ratings and report that enhancing employees’ skills made a marked difference in productivity and retention. Benefit from the state-of-the-art Mechatronics labs and Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing by Design at the Rocklin campus for cost-effective training with industry partners.
About The Training Place at Butte College
The Training Place at Butte College assists local businesses in advancing their economic growth through high quality upskill training and performance consulting services focusing on continuous workforce improvement. The Training Place offers webinars and personalized training for businesses including, but not limited to: Supervisor and Manager Development, Lean Enterprise Training, Communication and Conflict Management, Search Engine Optimization and Management, Sales and Service, Customer Service Training, Computer Training and more.
Jeff Briggs, Regional Director, Employer Engagement, Advanced Manufacturing, North Region announced that there is a short process for colleges that want to use their 3D printing capabilities or laser cutters to create PPE for donation to health care providers:
- Identify the equipment you have and your production capability by completing an entry on the spreadsheet for your region.
- Contact the Project Lead for your half of the state to make sure we maintain a unified impact
- Make your Regional Director, Health aware of your intent so they may solicit needs in your area and obtain liability wavier
- Use this link to find the Health Regional Director contact in your region.
- Join the SLACK group to keep up with current trends, processes and discussions
- You will receive an invitation to join from the project lead in step 2
- If you have any issues, the SLACK site is a good place to start, followed by the project lead
The State of California has a new website where businesses can register to let the state know that they are willing to produce the most needed medical and emergency equipment.
This is the website for State of California COVID-19 Medical Supply Contributions.
On the website, manufacturing companies are asked to complete a simple form indicating which resources they can donate or contribute for purchase in order to support California’s response to COVID-19. (Individuals should contribute to their local communities.)
The state is seeking:
Coveralls (Hospitals and EMS)
Face Shields (Disposable)
N95 Respirators (Disposable)
Surgical or Exam Gowns
Viral Testing Media
Comstock’s Magazine reporter Graham Womack writes in the March 24, 2020 article, A Shield Against COVID-19 that local makers are jumping in to provide needed protective masks. Alan Puccinelli, CEO, Repkord, a local 3D printing manufacturer and Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College in Rocklin are partnering to 3D print masks for medical personnel in an effort named Operation Shields Up. The article also references local manufacturer, Pro Plastics.
Read the Comstock’s Magazine article, A Shield Against COVID-1 to learn more about Sacramento area efforts to innovate and take action during this corona virus crisis.
In the Advanced Manufacturing classes at Sierra College in Rocklin, students are learning to use Autodesk® Fusion 360™, affordable software for Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), explained Franz Veitschegger, Advanced Manufacturing department chair, Sierra College. “In a nut shell, CAD is basically three-dimensional (3D) modeling on the computer,” said Veitschegger. “Once the 3D model is created in CAD, the cutting tool paths are created in CAM. The CAM tool paths are then “posted” to the CNC milling machine so it can do the work of creating the part.”
Fusion 360™ Offers Benefits
The benefit of using the Fusion 360™ is its low cost, explained Veitschegger. “There is a ton of similar software out there, but it costs thousands and thousands of dollars,” said Veitschegger. “Fusion 360™ has the same capabilities as the expensive CAD/CAD software does. For small companies with a gross under $100K and students, Fusion 360™ is free. Even if you purchase the software, it’s around $300-$500 a year which is still really cheap.”
Due to how powerful it is, the online support community and the cost, more companies are using Fusion 360™.
The software can be applied to many uses by modern manufacturers to make production more efficient, according to Veitschegger. “Fusion 360™ can be used for modeling, milling, turning lathes, water jet cutting, 3D printing, plasma cutting, rendering, professional drawings (2D prints), virtual product testing, running simulations, stress testing, thermal analysis and a whole bunch more stuff than I even know about,” said Veitschegger.
Veitschegger indicated that there are no actual “textbooks” on Fusion 360™ because it is updated so often. “Fusion 360™ is growing rapidly so a lot of people are starting to jump on the band wagon,” said Veitschegger. “Due to how powerful it is, the online support community and the cost, more companies are using Fusion 360™.”
Sierra College Students Develop Fusion 360 Skills
Four of the Advanced Manufacturing classes at Sierra College primarily use Fusion 360™. Courses are taught in the Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing by Design, a state-of-the-art manufacturing lab equipped with standard industry tools. These classes include:
- ADVM 62 – Introduction to 2D CAD/CAM
- ADVM 63 – Design Using Fusion 360™
- ADVM 66 – CNC Mill 3D Manufacturing
- ADVM 67 – CNC Three/Multi-Axis Milling
The curriculum for ADVM 64 – Computer-Aided 2D Design also touches on Fusion 360™.
Learn More About Sierra College Resources
Sierra College will soon offer a skills certificate, a certificate of achievement and an AS degree in advanced manufacturing. Go to the Sierra College website to learn more about the Advanced Manufacturing courses offered at the Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing by Design at Sierra College. Sierra College Training also works with employers to customize CNC and Advanced Manufacturing training for employees.
Manufacturers with 3D printers may be able to contribute to national efforts to produce essential products needed in the wake of coronavirus, according to Mara Hitner, director, Business Development, MatterHackers.
“If you’re interested in using your printers to help, or if you have contacts who need help, please do register so that I can match you with opportunities,” wrote Hitner. “MatterHackers is vetting designs with medical professionals, and once we settle on one that will be useful, we will be coordinating logistics of materials and shipping to help the growing army of volunteers put their 3D printers to good use”
Find out how you can help at the MatterHackers Covid19 Additive Manufacturing Response – USA
NIST is looking for manufacturers in specific areas to help in the COVID-19 pandemic:
- 33911 – Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
- 33591 – Battery Manufacturing
- 325611 – Soap and Other Detergent Manufacturing
- 325612 – Polish and Other Sanitation Good Manufacturing
- 325412 – Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing
- 326111 – Plastics Bag and Pouch Manufacturing
- 33451 – Medical Device Manufacturing
To support California manufacturers during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, CMTC is parsing through the information being released for businesses and creating a list most useful to manufacturers. The mission of CMTC is to serve manufacturing as a trusted advisor providing solutions that impact and grow the California economy.
CMTC can be single source for key links and resources to help small and medium-sized manufacturers in the Sacramento region and around the state to plan, prepare, protect and recover their operations. CMTC will be updating the content regularly. Information includes:
California and Federal Announcements and Updates
Loan Information / Access to Capital
Health and Safety in the Workplace