Students in Mr. Kszastowski's Computer Integrated Manufacturing classes are again partnering with the EAFab Corporation to develop solutions to issues posed to them by the company.
This is the second year for this partnership with the Oakdale company, which works with the steel industry in the United States and Mexico to provide equipment and repairs to existing equipment.
EAFab has given the students a new set of problems to brainstorm and provide solutions to when the students formally present their ideas to the company in March at the California University center at Southpointe.
This year's challenges for the students includes: conducting a safety analysis of copper welding and how to save money by using different types of welding wire; suggesting several kinds of promotional items the company can distribute at trade shows; designing a name plate that the company can use on its products; and devising a radius gauge that can be used to determine the diameter of an electric arc furnace.
Also participating in this project are students from Upper St. Clair High School, who were given a different set of problems to solve. Students from both schools have met three times this school year to prepare for the March presentation--once at Upper St. Clair High School; once at Bethel Park High School; and once at EAFab, where the students had the opportunity to see the business and ask questions. EAFab owners Pedro and Claudia Quiroga have also visited with the students at their schools to provide input and insight.
Many of the Bethel Park students are interested in pursuing a career in engineering, so this project provides them with an opportunity to make a real impact on a local business. The students are looking forward to the presentation day, not only to share their ideas with the Quirogas, but also to get feedback from the professionals about their ideas and where they can improve.
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to see some photos from a recent work session at the high school.