AB&I Foundry hosts local high school students for Manufacturing Day
November 30, 2016
On November 10, AB&I had the opportunity to host 45 local high school students for Manufacturing Day. Director of Career Technical Trades and Apprenticeships Emiliano Sanchez, brought 45 students from Castlemont High and Lighthouse Charter High to tour the AB&I facility and learn about the manufacturing industry. The Oakland Unified School District, along with Laney College and the City of Oakland also partnered with local businesses to showcase the opportunities available to students in the manufacturing industry.
AB&I General Manager Michael Lowe welcomed everyone with an introduction to AB&I which included its history, longevity of their team members and the importance of community outreach. Dave Robinson and Mike Olvera talked to the students about the challenges of staying on top of all federal, state and local regulations and what it translates to in terms of skills and talent. Plant Manager Rich Watson talked about the processes and how special it is to make a product from beginning to end in the United States and Safety Manager TJ Pinkston explained the AB&I safety programs and the required personal protective equipment (PPE) they would be required to wear in order to tour the foundry.
A majority of the students were sophomores and juniors and Emiliano and his team are forging relationships with Laney Community College and local manufacturing firms to show them the opportunities that are available in the skilled trades and how their career goals can be accomplished through on the job training and school.
After touring the facility, apprentices from the Pattern Shop, John Zhang and Ivan Berejkoff, talked about their personal experiences and how they are balancing working a full time job while going to school 2-4 nights a week. Jimmy Dileo, Amalia Beltran and Evely Him also shared with the group their academic experience as well as their current positions at AB&I.
Emiliano and his team expressed their gratitude to AB&I for opening their doors to the students. As one of the teachers expressed it, “If one student is inspired to follow a career in manufacturing, it was a success.” Thanks to the AB&I team for making this day special for 45 Oakland high school students.