Manufacturing – The Industry that Makes a Difference, About Nils Severson

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Education, Engineering, Manufacturing
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Manufacturing isn’t a career where you check your brain at the door. It needs great problem solvers who work to meet current customers’ needs, while also developing new innovations for future concerns. The 2015 public perception report by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that 78 percent of millennials said their decision to work at a company was influenced by how innovative they considered the company to be and having the chance to make a difference.

Power-Up from The Fembots!

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Education, Robotics, Manufacturing, Community
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Power-Up! This was the theme of the 2017-18 First Robotics Competition and focused on two alliances of video game characters and their human operators who are trapped in an arcade game. Both alliances are working to defeat the boss in order to escape.

Take Five with The Fembots – FIRST Robotics Team 692

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Local, Education, Robotics, Manufacturing, Community
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Bishop-Wisecarver is honored to be in our 11th year of sponsoring the FIRST Robotics Competition. This year, we are again sponsoring The Fembots, an all-female team from St. Francis High School in Sacramento. Today, we catch up with Katie Klokkevold, a Senior and Co-Captain of the team. We asked Katie to give a one-word response to each of the terms below, followed by a short explanation. Take a few moments to read about the hard work and lessons learned by this amazing team.

What Manufacturing (Still) Needs – A Perspective by Pamela Kan, President of Bishop-Wisecarver

By Pamela Kan in STEM, FIRST, Reflection, Education, Manufacturing Day, Community
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Nearly a year ago, I wrote and recorded a KQED Radio Perspectives program segment entitled “What Manufacturing Needs”. In it, I tried to quickly address the problem of having a strong industry with solid indications of future growth, while projections show we will be short two million manufacturing workers in the next 10 years.

I asked the question: Why is U.S. production so short of these skilled workers?

Five Fast Facts with FIRST Team 7593 - The TigerBots

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Local, Education, Manufacturing Day, Manufacturing, Community
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Bishop-Wisecarver Group is sponsoring four high school groups in the 2017 FIRST competitions. Today, we catch up with three 9th grade members of the TigerBots: Jade Costello, Co-Leader of Build Team, Caitlin Wallace, Build Team Member and Vineela Vandanapu, Programming Team Member. We asked them to give a one word response to each of the terms below followed by a short explanation. Take a few moments to read about the hard work and lessons learned by these incredible students!

Five Fast Facts with FIRST Team 1967 – The Janksters

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Reflection, Education, Robotics
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Bishop-Wisecarver Group is sponsoring four high school groups in the 2017 FIRST Robotics competitions. Today, we catch up with Paulina Robles, 12th grade, Mechanical Committee Head of the Janksters team. We asked Paulina to give a one word response to each of the terms below, followed by a short explanation. Take a few moments to read about the hard work and lessons learned by this all female team!

Five Fast Facts with FIRST Team 5430 - Pirate Robolution

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Reflection, Education, Robotics, Community
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Bishop-Wisecarver Group is sponsoring four high school groups in the 2017 FIRST competitions. Today, we catch up with Julio Garcia, 12th grade, CEO of the Pirate Robolution team. We asked Julio to give a one word response to each of the terms below followed by a short explanation. Take a few moments to read about the hard work and lessons learned by these incredible students!

Manufacturing Day Emphasizes Regional Strength and Industry Opportunities

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, Reflection, Local, Industry, Education, Robotics, Manufacturing Day, Manufacturing, Community
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Our final in a blog series about Manufacturing Day 2016 features a Q&A with Mark Orcutt, Communications and Outreach Manager of the East Bay Leadership Council (EBLC), who participated in one of the Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG) tours. Mark emphasizes that “more than one third of all jobs in the California Bay Area are with businesses who either make or move goods” – and that means manufacturing.

That also means a large number of employment opportunities! Hosting Manufacturing Day is one way BWG works with groups like EBLC to help educate the community on the great career options available locally.

Employee Spotlight: Mary Petrie, Associate Product Manager

By Bishop-Wisecarver in Local, Industry, Women in Manufacturing, Education, Community
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In today’s mobile society, young professionals often move away from home to attend college and then take jobs anywhere around the world. But Bishop-Wisecarver Group’s newest hire is a true local who is glad to work in her hometown - the same community this company has been supporting for more than 65 years. Today we interview Mary Petrie who has just started her second month as the company’s first Associate Product Manager.

Busted: Debunking the Myths of Manufacturing

By Bishop-Wisecarver in STEM, FIRST, Reflection, Local, Education, Robotics, Manufacturing Day, Internship, Manufacturing, Community
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This year, BWG actually had two Manufacturing Days as there were so many people wanting to attend the tours. We hosted groups on October 7 and October 29 and visitors included high school students from the East Bay and Silicon Valley, national and local manufacturing group officers, elected officials and community members. Sessions included a plant tour, 3D printer demonstration and a panel discussion which included a Q&A with employees.
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