I think I have a better chance at achieving my goals because of my participation in Cardinal Manufacturing.
My Role Is...
To do multiple tasks in many different areas of the shop.
First, I get the blueprint for a job and have to determine if we need to order materials or tooling. Next, I create a project timetable based on a deadline. I complete an estimate for the project completion, and also set a quote for the job.
I contact the customer with our quote and timetable. Once the client accepts our bid, I order metal and tooling necessary, and assign the job to our best-qualified student employee. During the time the job is on the shop floor, I oversee its progress, making sure we stay on schedule. I assist with any complications that may arise.
- Running the manual lathe, running the manual milling machine
- Metals 2
- Learning how to operate our CNC Milling Machine
- Job Shadow
- Shadowing a former student on how to operate our CNC Milling Machine
- Training an underclassman on how to operate our CNC Milling Machine
My Path Through Cardinal...
I started CM the summer before my junior year of high school. At first I did less complicated jobs on the Manual Mill to perfect my skills and gain my confidence. After that, I started training to run the CNC Mill. By the middle of junior year, I took over the head CNC Mill position and started training another student to operate the Manual Mill.
Now a senior, I have moved into the new postion of Production Manager. I am the first Production Manager for CM, so it's been a bit of a learning experience to figure out my duties. It's still early in the year, but I'm working hard to make the shop flow as best as it can.
My Future Plans...
The next four to five years of my career path include school. I've been accepted to attend Chippewa Valley Technical College, beginning Fall 2015, where I will pursue a two-year degree in Machine Tool.
Following completion of this degree, I will continue my education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, pursuing a Business degree or a Manufacturing Engineering degree. With this education, I will enter the Manufacturing world with the ultimate goal of one day owning my own shop.