AB&I hosts visit from Unified School District students
August 1, 2017
On July 21, AB&I hosted an event to educate approximately 30 Oakland Unified School District students about careers in skilled trades and advanced manufacturing. The students are part of a summer program with the East Bay consortium of Educational Institutions and a math enrichment and career advising program at the Pre-Collegiate Academy.
AB&I Plant Manager Rich Watson and several other manufacturing ambassadors talked about the jobs at AB&I and what steps the students could to take to prepare for these jobs. Math is a key component in several processes at AB&I like designing the flow rate of molten iron in a mold, determining iron chemistry, testing sand to make sure the components are at the right ratios, the precision required to make patterns, setting and maintaining environmental standards, conducting industrial hygiene studies, etc. Carlos Gonzalez explained how engineering projects, if miscalculated, can cost thousands of dollars and even stop production.
Environmental Engineer Monica Perez discussed the importance of sustainability and complying with regulations that affect our industry at all times. Inside Sales Rep Christopher Fagundes talked about his history at AB&I and what it takes to make the customer happy which is simple, the customer is always right. HR Generalist Jenny Landon shared how invaluable it has been to her growth to have hands on experience along with academics and what it takes to make that first impression during the hiring process
Roberto Rodriguez has only been at AB&I for a month, but he talked about how he got involved in manufacturing, why he likes it, where he went to school and the importance of getting involved in special projects at school because that is how he ended up at AB&I. Roberto discussed how a project that he and his classmate had presented at an AFS meeting and won first prize, led him to interview at AB&I. He joined AB&I after graduating on May 20th and is currently learning about the laboratory and cupola. John and Ivan, apprentices in the Pattern Shop explained what their apprenticeship entails and how they balance working a full time job and going to school at night.
The students left with a better understanding of the different paths available to them for their future careers, but most importantly, the viability of the jobs in the manufacturing sector, with AB&I being right in their own backyard.