Production Machining

AUG 2014

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18 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: AUGUST 2014 Both students approached David Turo at the end of the event to inquire about positions that were mentioned dur- ing the program. One of the students was Edward Rivas, who has since graduated with an associate's degree in manufacturing technology from Sufolk County Communi- ty College. Mr. Rivas, 21, began working part time at Turo Metal Products in February while he fnished his school- ing. He is now employed full time at Turo on a training path with the company for programming and setup for CNC Swiss machines and is considering continuing his manufacturing education in the future. "At Manufacturing Day, I learned a lot more about the important role manufacturing plays and how the indus- try is growing," Mr. Rivas says. "I was infuenced to attend by the fact that the school's administration was interested in it, and I ended up being the only Sufolk student there. When I told classmates about my experience afterward, they said they wished they had attended, too." Te other student in attendance was Peter Hamblen, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical en- gineering at Farmingdale State University of New York. Mr. Hamblen, 22, has already earned his certifcate of com- pletion from Word of Life Bible College and turned to the Turos, who are family friends, to learn more about start- ing a career in manufacturing. He works at Turo Met- al Products part time during the school year and full time during breaks. Currently, Mr. Hamblen is working as the project manager for the company-wide implementation of the calibration module in UniPoint Software, which manages all of Turo's quality system key documentation. Trough this project, he is getting hands-on experience with both documentation and calibration techniques and seeing the practical application of production gaging. "Te biggest beneft of the Manufacturing Day event for me was learning about the world of manufacturing," Mr. Hamblen says. "I had no real knowledge of manufacturing and Turo played a huge role in introducing me to the in- dustry. I was able to learn about how important manufac- turing is." Te main focus of the MFG Day event was the plant tour. Mr. David Turo explains that showing the students and faculty what a manufacturing facility really looks like helps break down the misconceptions about the industry. He was very interested in the frst impressions the attendees had of the plant. "I was surprised on the plant tour by how big the facil- ity was," Mr. Rivas says. "Tere were diferent kinds of ma- chines that were larger and had diferent controls from what I knew through the classes at school." Sufolk County Community College teaches largely on vertical mills, whereas Turo Metal Products specializes in production turning and uses vertical and horizontal machining. "When I frst saw the shop, I was amazed by the size of it," Mr. Hamblen says. "It was well lit and not very loud. Te working environment was good." For MFG Day 2014, which will take place nationwide on October 3, Mr. Turo says the company will host another event following the same format, but will highlight some additional aspects of manufacturing, including a typical day in the life of various manufacturing positions at Turo, vocabulary that will help students entering the workforce and the importance of process engineering. "We want to show through Manufacturing Day that there are opportunities in this feld for everyone by bring- ing them in. For example, at Turo, our staf is half wom- en, which is something that people don't think about," Mr. Turo says. "With more planning time, our 2014 event will follow the same format, but can be promoted better. Photo courtesy of Thuro Metal Products

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