Category Archive: Engineering

Manor Tool Teams Up With University of Illinois Engineering Students to Improve Space Utilization

The manufacturing industry is facing an oncoming crisis. If current trends continue, there will soon be a lack of engineers with the skills needed to meet the demands of a growing economy. Manor Tool is committed to working towards finding solutions that help close this engineering skills gap. As part of our ongoing efforts, we recently joined forces with the University of Illinois (UI) at Urbana-Champaign.

We partnered with UI students in the Senior Engineering Project program, which is a graduation requirement for engineering majors. The program presents scenarios that students are likely to run into during their careers. By collaborating with industry leaders like Manor Tool and Manufacturing, students gain essential knowledge that prepares them for what lies ahead in their professional work.

Learning in a Real World Classroom

The Senior Engineering Project brings together students and industry leaders with real-world experience. A group of students, working with a faculty advisor, are connected with people who work at a local business. These teams then join to collaborate on actual manufacturing challenges found on the shop floor. By presenting real-world challenges that manufacturing businesses face, students can learn how to tackle problems they won’t find in a textbook.

Once a week, the student team members have a conference call with their contacts at their partnered business. They discuss the issues they’ve been working on and any developments that have come up. It’s an excellent opportunity for the students to apply the concepts they’ve been studying in actual applications. This prepares them to start their careers, while also teaching them concepts that will benefit the companies they work for.

Manor Tool Gets Involved

In 2016 Harry Wildblood, the coordinator of the Senior Engineering Project, gave a presentation about the program during a visit to Chicago. In the audience was Tom Simeone, President of Manor Tool. He was intrigued by the potential of the project and eager to support it. Manor Tool connected with Wildblood to become involved in the Senior Engineering Project and share experiences, resources, and industry knowledge with the students in the program.

In 2019, we were paired with a team from UI that included students Anthony Alvizu, Nicola Dama, and Zechen Sun. The goal of the project we tackled was to improve space utilization, so we could balance production with customer requirements. We were looking for ways to make production more efficient, which would help us respond to the demands of a large project. The team analyzed the facility and how space was used, then presented ideas to expedite production.

The Manor Tool team was glad to have the experience of working with the students from UI. We value the opportunity to support and guide the next generation of engineers, as well as share the expertise and industry knowledge we’ve gained through the years.

An Enriching Experience for Engineering Students and Manor Tool

The manufacturing industry is facing a serious shortfall of engineers with necessary skills. Manor Tool is glad to have the opportunity to work with students from the University of Illinois to bridge that skills gap. Our experience of collaborating with a team in the Senior Engineering Project was fruitful and encouraging, and we are pleased to glimpse the future of engineering in these students!

Manor Tool has grown throughout the years to become a superior quality metal stamping company. Our skilled and experienced staff will work with you from design through completion, regardless of the size of your project. We use state-of-the-art technology and processes to achieve the efficiency and precision you need.

For more information about what we do or to learn about past projects, check out our resource library.

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Manor Tool’s Internship Program Helps Close the Manufacturing Skills Gap

Back Row: Kevin Segebarth (General Manager) and Dmitry Balabanov (Corporate Maintenance Manager) Front Row: Tom Simeone (President), Fred Torres (student- Senior), Mario Perez (student – Junior), Lucy Lopez (Quality Assurance Manager), Dan Kiraly (Tool Room Manager)

For high school students on spring break, it’s a time for rest, relaxation and new experiences. For the 3rd year in a row, Manor Tool & Manufacturing welcomed a group of local Chicago high school students to our facilities to provide hands-on, real-world experience in the manufacturing sector.

By supporting these motivated high school students and helping them to enhance their knowledge outside of the classroom, we’re doing our part to decrease the manufacturing skills. We’ve even been able to offer students with career opportunities upon graduation.

Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce

Manor Tool offers an annual internship program over spring break to honor our commitment to growth in the Chicago manufacturing industry. We work with local high schools and trade associations in an effort to increase interest and knowledge about our industry and the many career opportunities it offers.

Our internship program has two main goals. First, we aim to give interested students the chance to learn more about manufacturing by allowing them to be a part of our team for a week. Second, we intend to create an interest in manufacturing to help build and grow tomorrow’s workforce.

We received numerous impressive resumes of students interested in joining our internship program. This year, two students from Leyden High School stood out among the highly qualified candidates: Fred Torres, a senior, and Mario Perez, a junior. These students were chosen based on their history of mechanical and engineering based classes and extracurricular activities. From looking at their resumes, we could tell they would be a great fit with the Manor Tool team.

Their week consisted of learning every facet of what Manor Tool does, starting with a tour of our facilities to learn how a punch press operates. Over the next few days, Fred and Mario learned about all the departments and how each one impacts Manor Tool, including: Engineering and Design, Sales, Customer Service, Accounts Payable, and Ownership. We gave them a glimpse into the many departments and team members it takes to offer high-quality stamping, machining, designing, and engineering services.

Looking Forward

As the need for qualified engineering and machining employees greatly increases, our team at Manor Tool hopes to help decrease the manufacturing skills gap by expanding our role to include more education and opportunities to prospective engineering students.

We enjoyed our week getting to know Fred and Mario, and we look forward to welcoming more interested students to our internship program in the future.

Another Successful Year for Manor Tool’s Internship Program

For students, spring break often represents a time to kick back and relax with friends and family before the end of the school year as the busy summer months approach. But not all seniors use their time to unwind; some students keep going full speed ahead.

At Manor Tool, we’re doing our part to decrease the manufacturing skills gap by supporting these motivated high school students and helping them to enhance their knowledge outside of the classroom.

Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce

Each year, Manor Tool offers an internship program over spring break to honor our commitment to the Chicago manufacturing industry. We work with local high schools and trade associations in an effort to increase interest and knowledge about our industry and the many career opportunities it offers.
Our internship program has two main goals. First, we aim to give interested students the chance to learn more about manufacturing by allowing them to be a part of our team for a week. Second, we intend to create an interest in manufacturing to help build and grow tomorrow’s workforce.

We received numerous impressive resumes of students interested in joining our internship program. This year, two students stood out among the highly qualified candidates: Salvatore (Sal) Labarbera and Noah Guadalupe. These students were chosen based on their history of mechanical and engineering based classes and extracurricular activities. From looking at their resumes, we could tell they would be a great fit with the Manor Tool team.

Their week consisted of learning every facet of what Manor Tool does, starting with a tour of our facilities to learn how to operate a punch press. Over the next few days, Sal and Noah learned about all the departments and how each one impacts Manor Tool, including: Engineering and Design, Sales, Customer Service, Accounts Payable, and Ownership. We gave them a glimpse into the many departments and team members it takes to offer high quality stamping, machining, designing, and engineering services.

Looking Forward

As the need for qualified engineering and machining employees greatly increases, our team at Manor Tool hopes to help decrease the manufacturing skills gap by expanding our role to include more education and opportunities to prospective engineering students.

We enjoyed our week getting to know Sal and Noah, and we look forward to welcoming more interested students to our internship program in the future.

Investing in Tomorrow’s Engineers

While the far-reaching effects of technology in contemporary life are no secret, many future opportunities in engineering and manufacturing have yet to be explored. The world of tomorrow will be defined in large part by young people who choose to study engineering in the coming years.

At Manor Tool & Manufacturing Company, our involvement with the community goes far beyond our stamping and tooling services.

We are dedicated to helping engineering students connect to the manufacturing world, gaining essential real world experience while improving their current skills — and perhaps becoming inspired to seek out new ones.

Inspire Your Future: Uniting Education and Industry

young_engineers1_1.jpgWe are proud of our relationship with the Inspire Your Future initiative. This organization is dedicated to bringing the lessons of the classroom to the real world.

Reaching over 24,000 high school students, Inspire Your Future provides valuable workplace experience for young people who want to see the relevance of their schooling first hand.

The group also plays a vital role for local businesses, helping to attract students to areas that employers need the most help to fill.

Training for CEOs

We’re not talking about chief executive offers here, but rather Career Exploration Opportunities. The CEO program offered by Inspire Your Future provides future engineers and manufacturers direct contact with the industry.

Students can choose from a number of valuable experiences, including company tours, on-site job shadowing, mock interviews, and company internships. The CEO program also brings the industry directly to students, with company representatives available to provide education to classrooms or school assemblies.

Empowering Students to be Industry’s Leaders

We are proud partners with the Inspire Your Future program, helping high school students learn all different angles of the manufacturing industry.

Young people can enjoy the benefits of learning about career options that suit their skills before making expensive college choices —maximizing the benefit of their education.

Our work also gives students an early advantage by letting them set career goals that reflect realistic opportunities in the world of industry, all while working with a trusted company that has been serving the community for over 50 years.

Our work with Chicago’s future engineers doesn’t stop with the Inspire Your Future program, however. We have a tradition of staying in touch with young people who are interested in exploring engineering and manufacturing.

In October 2015, we welcomed Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle to our open house celebrating Manufacturing Day; many students were in attendance to get better acquainted with the industrial and manufacturing field.

In addition to working with local high schools, we also have partnered with the University of Illinois to give college students important engineering experience in real world settings.

Dedicated to Improving the Community

With our long tradition of providing the best quality manufacturing in the area, we are proud to supplement our educational outreach programs with a broad range of services to benefit the community.

Our programs include innovative seminars areas such as Kaizen Events and much more. You can download our eBook on Kaizen Events here. To find out more about how we work with the community to build the future of engineering and manufacturing, please contact us today.

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