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Amerikam/Ferris State University Project highlighted at May SME Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI

SME met at Amerikam to learn the following:

  • Learn more about its critical thinking process.
  • Learn how Amerikam is working with Ferris State University to develop these skills in their engineering students.
  • Learn about some ‘Best Practices” used at Amerikam and how they are utilized within the manufacturing process.

The 42-year relationship between AMERIKAM and Ferris State University of Big Rapids, Michigan, has become a model for collaborative programs between educational institutions and the industry.  Students design processes, tooling and equipment, and present their work to AMERIKAM engineers for a setup and production run.

  • Students develop processes to manufacture an Amerikam product in the classroom
  • Teams visit  Amerikam to present results including QC documentation and FMEA
  • Students tour the plant facility to learn how the parts are produced

“The AMERIKAM / FSU project gives students a glimpse into the precision machining industry and ultimately leads to a stronger, job-ready workforce.  “We believe it is essential to do our part in that effort.”  The high value the company places on education is evident."

Stephanie Leonardos
CEO/President 

The Manufacturing programs at Ferris State University include up-to-date curricula, world-class CAD-CAM technology, some of the latest CNC technology, and a diverse group of experienced faculty and staff. This unique education system has produced more than 1,500 manufacturing professionals over the past 58 years.

“By combining these university resources with a network of progressive, industry leading partners such as Amerikam, the end result is a comprehensive, applications-based education system.”

Dean Krager 
Associate Professor, Ferris State University