Minneapolis Students Explore Precision Manufacturing

Guest post by City of Minneapolis Employment and Training

Minneapolis Students Tour Permac Industries

Minneapolis Students Tour Permac Industries

 In an effort to stimulate students’ interest in careers in the high demand precision manufacturing sector, Minneapolis Employment & Training partnered with Dunwoody College of Technology, Permac Industries and PYC Arts & Technology High School in north Minneapolis to offer career exploration in manufacturing.  

(Employers- You can do this in your area too!)

On November 4, PYC students learned what manufacturing looks like today, what career opportunities are available in the industry and how to get the training needed to enter the field.

At Dunwoody Academy, the students heard about Right Skills Now , a 24 week program offered at Dunwoody and Saint Paul College that includes classes, hands-on lab work and a 6-week paid internship to become a CNC (computer numerical controlled) machine operator. Graduates are virtually assured a job in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area at a starting wage of about $18 an hour.

The students visited Permac Industries where they learned, firsthand, how manufacturing professionals perform their jobs. Permac is a custom manufacturer of parts for customers in industries including aerospace, defense, medical, transportation and food and beverage.

In 2011, Permac Industries’ CEO, Darlene Miller, promoted the idea for the “Right Skills Now” program when she was unable to find CNC operators. Miller, a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, approached the Manufacturing Institute, the industry’s workforce training arm, and the two groups developed the fast-track program.

In an effort to stimulate students’ interest in careers in the high demand precision manufacturing sector, Minneapolis Employment & Training partnered with Dunwoody College of Technology, Permac Industries and PYC Arts & Technology High School in north Minneapolis to offer career exploration in manufacturing.

We are encouraged to see employers team up with local schools and agencies to find a way to create knowledge of the rewarding careers in precision machining and advanced manufacturing that are available today.

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