The first-ever Confer Plastics Explorer Post begins today and we have 8 youth who have signed up to participate in this once-a-month program. It’s too late to sign up now, but we will have another session starting in October of 2018.
We strongly encourage other manufacturers to launch Explorer Posts. We always hear about how young folks aren’t interested in manufacturing and how there’s not enough tradespeople. Well, manufacturers need to step up to the plate and help educate teens and show them the wonders of Made in the USA.
Our program is pretty in-depth and exciting. Here’s what the next 9 months look like:
October 18th; 4:30 to 5:45 Confer Plastics 101: We will begin with an introduction to Exploring and a discussion of the goals of this Explorer Post. Most of the meeting will be spent on a plant tour of Confer Plastics to give an introductory look at manufacturing and a foundation for upcoming meetings and discussions.
November 8th; 4:30 to 5:45 Sales & marketing and finance: We will talk about how the company markets its custom molding services and proprietary products and how we determine what customers and the marketplace would want. We will discuss how we price products and various financial aspects of the company as well as the wide variety of expenditures we make. Career paths touched on: sales & marketing, accounting, finance, human resources, purchasing.
December 13th; 4:30 to 5:45 Design & engineering and materials: We will discuss how products are designed, the nuances of blow molding design and we will spend some time in the machine shop looking at molds and tooling and how they are made. We will also look at the science of plastics materials and how they are purchased and managed. Career paths touched on: Product design, industrial design, purchasing, chemical engineering, machining.
January 10th; 4:30 to 5:45 Production: We will spend the entire time in the plant learning about various nuances of manufacturing. Career paths touched on: Electrical, maintenance, hydraulic technology, technical support, general labor, management, facilities management.
February 14h; 4:30 to 5:45 Production: We will spend the entire time in the plant learning about various nuances of manufacturing. Career paths touched on: Electrical, maintenance, hydraulic technology, technical support, general labor, management, facilities management.
March 14th; 4:30 to 5:45 Quality and safety: We will learn about customer expectations about product quality, how they are determined and how they are applied in the factory. We will then discuss safety rules and regulations and we will conduct a safety inspection of the plant. We will look at the science of ergonomics. Career paths touched on: Quality management, quality control, safety, human resources, robotics.
April 11th; 4:30 to 5:45 Distribution, warehousing, inventory and trucking: We will discuss how products are inventoried, stored, and shipped. We will learn about truck driving. Career paths touched on: Warehousing, shipping, logistics, truck driving, inventory management, accounting, finance.
May 9th; 4:30 to 5:45 Management and human resources: We will discuss the various levels of management within the company and discuss leadership skills and traits. We will also look at human resources and discuss labor law, benefits, and more. Career paths discussed: Management, entrepreneurship, human resources.
June 13th; 4:30 to 5:45 Program close: We will discuss education paths available for anything we discussed over the session – BOCES, trade schools, and colleges. We will also hold an end-of-the-program pizza party and celebration.