This week of June 13, 2016 marked the start of the Chippewa County Manufacturing Boot Camp. A total of 23 students from throughout the area gathered at Spectrum Industries to begin their 6-week course provided by the Chippewa Valley Council - Boy Scouts of America, Chippewa County Economic Development, Workforce Resource, and a Wisconsin State Blueprint for Prosperity grant.
Students started off their week with tours of both Spectrum’s 1st Avenue and Johnson Street buildings. Where, they learned about Spectrum’s furniture line consisting of primarily wood, wood composite, and steel products. Students were exposed to design, equipment acquisition, assembly, and packaging.
In addition, students began to complete their Boot Camp coursework. Bonnie Burke worked with the students to complete OSHA 10 training. Throughout this training, students learned about topics such as fall protection, emergency action plans, personal protective equipment, hazardous materials, and ergonomics. This 12 hour training ultimately taught participants how to create a safe work environment.
Ted Theyerl and Bob Oliver from the UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center also paid a visit to teach Workplace Safety and Efficiency – 5S. This educated students on how to establish a safe and efficient operation and also introduced aspects of lean manufacturing and quality.
Students wrapped up the week with some employability training. Alissa Kohli from Workforce Resource taught students how to write a resume and prepare for an interview. Laurie Reardon, Human Resource Specialist from Spectrum also worked with students to complete job applications and discussed what local companies are looking for during the hiring process.
This week, students are looking forward to participating at Alliance Plastics Corporation to learn about thermoplastic extrusion. They will also begin their Critical Core Manufacturing Skills Certification through the Chippewa Valley Technical College.