A Note from Summer Manufacturing Camp
This summer camp wasn’t like a traditional summer
camp. Instead of playing games and doing crafts, 12
students were welding and grinding (see Figure 1) at
the Fox Valley Technical College manufacturing camp
in Appleton, Wis., Aug. 7-11.
This summer camp, which featured a morning and
afternoon session, has been a fixture at the college for
at least a decade, according to Mike Cattelino, the college’s apprenticeship manager. In fact, Fox Valley Tech
does it for a variety of courses across multiple academic disciplines because it gets young people thinking about the future and possibly making a stop at the
school on their educational journey after they graduate from high school.
“Our mission is to get people ready to go to work,”
Cattelino said. “If we are doing that, while we also may
be helping them prepare for a four-year degree, we are
still doing our job.”
That’s kind of what the students, ranging in age from
12 to 16, in the morning session indicated as they fin-
ished up their metal storage lockers (see Figure 2)
on the fourth day of camp. Of the 12, one indicated an
interest in welding, another liked the idea of owning
his own business, and five others expressed a desire
to pursue an engineering degree. The others weren’t
sure, but they did admit to liking the week’s events
at the summer camp. And that’s what Nuts, Bolts &
Students put the finishing touches on the metal lockers that
they fabricated as part of the manufacturing summer camp at
Fox Valley Technical College. Figure 2
The lockers were laser-cut and formed on a press brake. The
nameplate was cut on a waterjet machine. The students also
did their own welding.
Students at a manufacturing camp at Northeast Wisconsin
Technical College form the sides of their bird feeders that they
got to take home.