Buyken Metal Products and Aerospace Apprenticeship Host Manufacturing Day for Kent, WA Area High School Students

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Washington State metal products manufacturer and aerospace apprenticeship inspire students to consider a career in today’s modern world of manufacturing

Kent, WA are High School Students will build a metal airplane while touring Buyken Metal Products Facility

Metal airplane students will build while touring Buyken Metal Products facility

For us, it not only is exciting, but makes good sense for our future here at Buyken Metals to open our doors on Manufacturing Day and get young people interested in a manufacturing career and offer them a way to bring it to fruition.

The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) and Buyken Metal Products are partnering to celebrate “Manufacturing Day” on Friday, October 3 at Buyken’s facility in Kent. The purpose of this event is to inspire Kent, WA area students to consider a career in today’s modern manufacturing environment and discover how apprenticeship can serve as a pathway to manufacturing careers, including machining, precision metal fabrication and more. Buyken and AJAC are hosting a fun-filled day of tours, manufacturing projects and presentations for Kentridge and Kentwood High School students at Buyken’s facility and on AJAC’s Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU).

Manufacturing Day is an annual event that North American manufacturers, like Buyken, support through open houses, public tours, career workshops and other events to showcase modern manufacturing and encourage interest in manufacturing careers.

Buyken participates as a registered Training Agent in AJAC’s apprenticeship with employees currently enrolled in the precision metal fabrication program.

“It has been a challenge for us to get young people coming out of school interested in a manufacturing career and in part this is due to the lack of education and training programs geared specifically for our industry. We are happy to now offer a path for young people to get the training needed through our partnership with AJAC,” stated Tom Kuzniarek, Buyken Metal Products Operations Manager. “For us it not only is exciting, but makes good sense for our future here at Buyken Metals to open our doors on Manufacturing Day and get young people interested in a manufacturing career and offer them a way to bring it to fruition.”

Buyken, a Washington State metal products manufacturer, will offer students the opportunity to build a metal airplane while they tour each area of the facility involved in the design, production and inspection processes. AJAC, Washington State’s funded aerospace and advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program will invite students to climb aboard its AIM-MTU and design their own key chain using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, specifically, SolidWorks. Students will also observe how a key chain is printed on a 3D printer.

“AJAC is excited to co-host Manufacturing Day with Buyken Metal Products. It is a tremendous opportunity to dispel the common myths often associated with manufacturing and paint, for local area students, a full and vibrant picture of what it really means to work in the manufacturing industry – innovation, advanced technology, competitive salaries and more,” said Demetria “Lynn” Strickland, AJAC Executive Director. “AJAC is looking forward to educating students on apprenticeship as an ‘earn while you learn’ pathway to train for a career in manufacturing as a machinist, precision metal fabricator, tool & die maker, etc.”

About the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC):
AJAC is a statewide, state-funded, nonprofit organization that develops and implements Washington State registered aerospace and advanced manufacturing apprenticeship programs for Machining (Aircraft-Oriented), Precision Metal Fabrication, Aircraft Mechanic Airframe, Tool & Die Maker, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic and more. Apprenticeship combines supervised on-the-job training (OJT) with college-level classroom instruction.

About Buyken Metal Products:
Since 1939 Buyken Metal Products has manufactured state of the art, high quality metal parts in Washington State, specializing in precision sheet metal forming, stamping and fabrication. Buyken has created customized solutions for a variety of industries including: aerospace, automotive and transportation, construction, consumer, electronics and communication, fisheries, material handling, medical devices, office and computer products and utilities.

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