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Gen Z Connection: Skills & Careers in Manufacturing

August 2, 2017

Mold Craft provides hands on experience for select White Bear High Schoolers with an eye on a Manufacturing Career, particularly in the field of injection molding.

After working with the Minnesota Department of Labor for many months to change the labor laws allowing students to experience a real manufacturing environment, the White Bear Lake High School Manufacturing Pathway Program was created. Not only will the students do some of the mold design and CAD work, they will have a very hands on experience setting up blocks of steel and electrodes as we mill and burn all the components required to make a mold for a “coin” with engraving molded into the part documenting the experience. The students will keep the mold, the molded parts and the CAD design prints they will use to create their mold.

There are a total of (4) companies and (4) students involved in the Gen Z Connection program. The students spend a week at each manufacturing company learning about the specific manufacturing processes required at each company. The other companies involved in this local program are Du Fresne Manufacturing (Sheetmetal Forming & Fabrication), Schwing (Concrete Pumper Trucks), SMC (Specialty Mfg Co., Valves & Fittings) and, of course, Mold Craft.

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