Letters To Parents

Letter to the Parents of Metals Manufacturing Students

In my classes students gain knowledge, skills, and insight into the way things are manufactured. They will use a variety of exciting tools, learn new procedures, and make interesting projects.

In manufacturing classes the students get a chance to assess their own work. Most of the assignments can be graded by the student through comparing their work to an example or through destructive testing. This is an opportunity not available to students in many high school level classes.

If your student shows an interest in a hands-on, challenging, class that will require some hard work, but will earn skills and satisfaction in return, please consider a practical class like metals manufacturing.

Here are three ways in which manufacturing classes can give you an advantage:

  1. Confidence: A 14 year old safely lights a 6000 degree torch and welds two pieces of metal, producing a joint that the teacher cannot break This gives the student a great deal of pride in his or her ability to safely operate powerful equipment.
  2. Employability: Manufacturing students are better able to obtain a job because of the practical skills, knowledge, and confidence gained from a manufacturing class.
  3. Your future education: High school manufacturing students are at an advantage over other college freshmen in engineering classes when it comes time for hands-on assignments or projects.

Letter to Parents of a Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Student

In this class students learn to program a special type of milling machine to make automatic cuts using the CNC programming language. With a bit of careful work, they can produce impressive products in a variety of materials.

A student may take CAM if they satisfy any one of the following prerequisites:

  1. Geometry or higher in math
  2. Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  3. Metals - Manufacturing 1: General Metalworking

The student interested in engineering or high-tech manufacturing will get some experience in problem solving and trouble-shooting the programs that they have written.

Here are three ways in which CAM classes can give you an advantage:

  1. Confidence: CAM students learn to program machines to cut out their projects automatically. Flaws in their code are immediately apparent and success is tangible. This experience controlling an enormous machine skillfully can earn students a unique sense of pride and accomplishment.
  2. Employability: CAM students are better able to obtain a job because of the practical skills, knowledge, and confidence they gain in CAM class.
  3. Your future education: CAM students possess actual experience programming computer controlled machine tools to complete projects. So they are at an advantage over other college freshmen in engineering classes when it comes time for problem solving and debugging. In addition, some technical or trade schools will give credit for this high school class.
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