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'Heavy Metal Tour' for West Allis, West Milwaukee Youth Promoted Manufacturing Academic Programs, Careers at MATC's Oak Creek Campus

March 18, 2014

Milwaukee Area Technical College, the West Allis/West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District and local manufacturers joined forces to raise the awareness of  middle and high school students and their parents about academic programs and careers in manufacturing. Dubbed the “Heavy Metal Tour,” the event was held March 15 at the Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing (ECAM) Center on MATC’s Oak Creek Campus. 

Participants toured ECAM, talked with manufacturers, MATC instructors and students, and representatives from the American Welding Society. They worked with computerized equipment and robotics. Participants also learned about the growing number of career options in the manufacturing sector, as well as training opportunities for those jobs. Among the participating companies were DUECO, Harley-Davidson, Iverson & Company, Manitowoc Crane, Quad Graphics and Senior Flexonics GA Precision.

Major sponsors of the event were Harley-Davidson, Masterson Company, Quad Graphics and Senior Flexonics GA Precision. Supporting sponsors were Allis-Roller, LLC; DUECO; GFS Marketplace; Lakeside Manufacturing; Manitowoc Crane;  Milwaukee Machine Works; Poblocki Sign Company; Toshiba; and Unit Drop Forge Co.

On March 18, student participants 14 and older also toured a variety of local manufacturing companies and experienced a manufacturing work environment.

ECAM is a $9 million, 34,000-square-foot facility which is home to many educational and training opportunities. Opened in 2007, ECAM hosts learning laboratories in advanced manufacturing, manufacturing welding, advanced software, energy solutions, HVAC digital controls and HVAC computers.