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'Heavy Metal Tour' Held at MATC's Oak Creek Campus to Promote Careers in Manufacturing

Oct. 21, 2016

Milwaukee Area Technical College, the South Suburban Chamber of Commerce and local manufacturers joined forces to raise the awareness of high school students, their parents, job seekers and the community about careers and opportunities in manufacturing. Dubbed the “Heavy Metal Tour,” the free, public event was held Oct. 21, at the Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing (ECAM) Center at MATC’s Oak Creek Campus. October is recognized as national Manufacturing Month.

The Milwaukee Job Corps, as well as Bradley Tech, Cudahy, Franklin and South Milwaukee high schools sent more than 200 students to tour classrooms and labs in ECAM, meet MATC faculty, talk with manufacturers and get hands-on experience with a virtual welding machine and computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturing equipment. Students learned about the growing number of high-tech career options in the manufacturing sector and training opportunities for those jobs. Among the participating companies were Caterpillar, Inc., Harley-Davidson Motor Company, LLC; Krones, Inc.; and Nucor Cold Finish. Some students also toured Caterpillar, Inc., and Krones, Inc., as part of the experience.

ECAM is a $9 million, 34,000-square-foot facility which is home to many educational and training opportunities. ECAM hosts learning laboratories in advanced manufacturing, welding, advanced software, energy solutions, HVAC digital controls and HVAC computers.