November 13, 2018
AB&I hosted Manufacturing Day on November 8th for high school students from Fremont High and Oakland High. The Oakland Unified School District, Laney College and the City of Oakland host this event every year. It is a great opportunity for students to learn about modern manufacturing and the sustainable manufacturing jobs that are available to them after graduation.
Two groups of students attended the event where they learned about AB&I’s history, products and value to society in general, but specifically to the Oakland economy. Students also learned about the many environmental and safety regulations that AB&I must follow. AB&I manufacturing ambassadors shared with the students what they do a at AB&I; why they decided to go into manufacturing; the training they have received and their career goals/opportunities for their future.
After a tour of the foundry, Paul Garavatti and his team in the Pattern Shop demonstrated the CNC Machine and the CAD/CAM side of 3d machining. The teachers were particularly excited for the students to see how this equipment is used since many of the students are in the Engineering Academy.
The team gave the students a lot to think about and consider when they are looking at their future career plans. At the end of the day, students were asked to fill out a Student Passport answering questions like “what does the company manufacture; why is it important to the economy; how many people does the company employ; two skills necessary to work at AB&I; etc.” We are pleased to report that AB&I received the highest marks of all the facilities visited by the students.
Thanks to the entire team for taking the time to show these high school students what AB&I is all about.