Exploring Manufacturing Innovation: Students Dive into Defense Contractor's Assembly Plant Student
The recent Manufacturing Day at Williams International in Pontiac, proved to be an exhilarating experience for students and staff from OSTC-SE's Engineering, Robotics, & Mechatronics (ERM), Computer Programming, and Welding programs. Williams International, a global leader in aerospace and defense production, hosted an insightful event for the participating students.
The day unfolded with a series of engaging activities guided by industry professionals. Students had hands-on experiences, from witnessing an automated CNC 6-bay robotics cell to crafting their own parts on CNC machines, which engraved their names onto metallic blocks. Another fascinating activity included laser engraving their initials onto metal cups. The highlight was the opportunity to operate an autonomous vehicle that navigated on a magnetic strip.
Students also received invaluable insights from a former OSTC student who successfully completed the Williams International Apprenticeship program and is now a full-time employee at the company. This interaction provided a tangible example of the prospects within the industry.
The day not only showcased cutting-edge manufacturing technology but also offered a glimpse into the real-world applications of skills learned in ERM, Computer Programming, and Welding programs. It was a day of exploration, inspiration, and firsthand exposure to the innovation shaping the aerospace and defense sectors.
Steve Smitka, OSTC-SE ERM instructor, said, "In the many years I have participated in Manufacturing Day, this year was one of the coolest, most interesting experiences we have had!"