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Leaders in the metalcasting industry

are reaching out to young people of all ages to interest them in casting. Tey’re going to grammar schools to introduce them to the basics of what a casting is. Some, thanks to state programs, have welcomed bright high school students into their companies to learn the busi- ness firsthand. And at the college level, schools are using many different tactics to entice tomorrow’s workers into showing interest today. “Te next generation must be

recruited and developed so they can be well prepared to lead this industry in the future,” said Russ Rosmait, professor, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas.

Building Youth Awareness

For Ken Murphy, manufacturing engineer-melting department, AMERI- CAN (ACIPCO), Birmingham, Alabama, that means taking the basics of metalcasting to the young. Really young. About five years ago, Murphy

agreed to be part of the education committee of his local chapter of AFS. He found out that part of his respon- sibilities was doing Foundry in a Box, a program that goes from school to school to teach students about met- alcasting through physically demon- strating the process in person. Or, more precisely, making them

aware of casting. “Tey have no concept of this

industry. Tey don’t know what a casting is, so we’re just showing them there is a thing called a casting and this is how you do it,” Murphy said. “Tey’re all around you, everywhere everyday. It’s something you could consider as a fun or enjoyable occupa- tion when you get around to choosing a career. It’s not really raising aware- ness; it’s making them aware.” Murphy and fellow chapter mem-

bers present to students as young as first grade but regularly second graders all the way through high school, with some college students mixed in as well. Tere’s a history lesson about casting, a video and more, plus the opportunity to take home a casting of their own.

promoting your company to your community: Keep it real, and keep it fun.” —Dan Hoefert, Eck Industries

Murphy estimates he’s presented to

over 16,500 students. “You see lots of kids that are just

totally enthralled with the liquid metal. We get a lot of positive responses and enthusiasm from the students and the teachers,” Murphy said. Murphy also has a series of recom-

mendations for others. He stresses that everybody in metalcasting can spare at least one day per year to help with a presentation, that getting into schools starts with convincing a principal, and that the talk with students doesn’t need to be formal.

Real-World Experience Something else that’s been

greeted with enthusiasm is real-

world experience. Eck Industries, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, is taking advantage of a statewide youth apprenticeship program. Emanuel Vazquez, a senior at nearby Lincoln High School, has been work- ing as an engineering apprentice under mentor Dan Hoefert. Since the summer, Vazquez has been working at Eck for five days a week, three hours per day, plus going to school. He also takes night classes at Lakeshore Technical College, which are an important part of his engi- neering youth program. Vazquez started at Eck in June and

by July was already preparing mod- els for simulation. Because of that, Hoefert and Eck were able to train Vazquez on how to run and interpret

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