EPIC students visit FJC for Manufacturing Day
EPIC student senior Shaan Sheth makes a print template for shirts alongside an Fullerton Joint Community College professor during Manufacturing Day on Oct. 5. (Used with permission from senior Brandon Vu)

Gathered together in awe, Sunny Hills’s Engineering Pathways to Innovation and Change [EPIC] seniors in the Engineering Design and Development class watched as manufacturers welded metal directly in front of them.

These students went on a field trip to Fullerton College on Manufacturing Day, a national celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers that occurs on the first Friday of October every year.

This was the EPIC program’s third year attending the event. Engineering teacher Dan Zanone plans on making it an annual tradition — each year at a new location.

“Our first two times we went to manufacturers [were at] West Coast Manufacturing or Hydraflow,” Zanone said. “But this year, we had the chance to go to the advanced manufacturing pathway at Fullerton College.”

At the invitational event, students met with engineering professors and talked to other students from Anaheim, La Vista and Buena Park high schools. They also got to work with welding equipment, computer numeric control machines, body scanners and printing machines.

“My favorite part about [the event] was being able to see the whole manufacturing process, specifically the machine shop,” senior Kile Loomis said. “Knowing the manufacturing process definitely helps in engineering and factory jobs and could be applied in those fields.”

Although he does not plan on pursuing a career directly in production, senior Cameron Barnes enjoyed the equipment demonstrations put on by the machining, printing, welding and textile design departments.

“My goal is to become an engineer,” Barnes said. “Although I wouldn’t be the one manufacturing, I would tell the people who work with machines what to make.”

Loomis embraces the idea of continuing this tradition and advises students to attend in the future.

“If anyone is interested in any kind of engineering job or is just interested in how items are made, then I would definitely recommend this trip to them,” he said. “I would say that it was definitely an interesting, informative and fun experience, and I would be glad to do it again.”

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