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finishingmarket.com

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On Fox News tonight, right before the segment about the Machine that can read your mind, they had a 3 minute segment dedicated to the topic of engineering students.  Later, I saw came across a U-Tube Clip on the very same topic.  Then I remembered  reading this new posting about Make em say Wow! and thought, .."Wow! How Appropriate.

A student named Sayed Karim and Alumni Jen Wood created a calendar called, The Girls of Engineering, featuring University of Illinois female engineering students.  Sayed says the inspiration behind the calendar was to show the beauty behind the brains at the University of Illinois where 15% of the approximately 5000 engineering students are female. 

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Yasha Huang, a sophomore in Engineering and one of the models, said the
calendar is breaking the stereotype that engineers only know how to study.

I read that some of the scenes were shot at the Cobra Lounge which is a pretty cool little rock and roll bar in Downtown Chicago.  Karim said that out of more than 3,000 calendars printed, about 1000 have sold.  The calendar was released for sale on Oct. 12, 2006 and due to popular demand is for sale online at www.girlsofengineering.com

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PS: You can plan on seeing a Girls of Metal FinishingCalendar from FinishingMarket.com in 2008.  I wonder who we can get to pose .?

chase

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Id have to agree, I think it is important for the future of this country to be more involved in learning the industry that makes this place thrive. This is an exciting field and we should strive to find ways to keep the next generation involved.... Calendar seems a great start!!! Good Post!!!

zurv

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WOW!

We'll you got me to say it. I agree with all of you, the concept of educating people about the Metal Finishing is more than important, itís necessary.

Now... On to more interesting girls... I mean things (jk). What is Yasha Huang's day rate? :)

Canít wait to see the Finishing Market Calendar! Engineering girls on motorcycles!

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Labrat

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I completely agree with the importance in education of metal finishing, especially for the future of our industry - children. Most kids I have seen are not ready to leap into something with the word "educational" attached. They must be wowed! I found out recently that it takes little effort to get chidren interested in our industry. While playing in the lab one day (after hours of course), I nickel plated a penny. Everytime I took this penny out of my pocket, it was like a magic trick to children. They wanted to know how I did it, if I could teach them to do it, etc.
Teaching children about the importance and integrity of our industry is not only enjoyable, but fundamental to the survival of metal finishing.

Now, where can I purchase one of those calendars?

zurv

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Yeah... When I was young (Which wasnít so long ago) I was fascinated by Chemistry and such. Probably more than I am now (I'm a computer guy). However I believe that is a crucial stage in development to be introduced to such a thing, Good Job on the magic tricks :)

We will let you know when the Finishing Market Calendar becomes available next year. Until then make sure you get the Girls Of Engineering Calendar here:
http://www.girlsofengineering.com/

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chrisbyers2005

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I know that if it were not for sites like these and Finishing Market, I would not be able to completely appreciate a lot of the things associated with the metal finishing industry. This is an uplifting story that hopefully will start a movement that you all are speaking of. I too would like to see kids crowd around the local metal finisher on school "Parent Days." I believe a revolution is coming, and it is awesome to see you people realizing this. Good Job, Paul.

biganodes

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At this very moment, I can only think of a few. On the flip side, I can think of several NOT to ask......:)

chrisbyers2005

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biganodes wrote:

At this very moment, I can only think of a few. On the flip side, I can think of several NOT to ask......:)

So are you saying you know some hot chicks in the finishing industry that may want to pose for our calander???  Lets here it! name some names... :cool:

metfinoh

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I'm saying it - Wow!

bill doherty

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Here in Australia we have recognised this and recently developed an apprenticeship trade training course in Powdercoating.
If only we could develop this further using E-learning techniques the industry world wide would benefit enormously. I think what we need as an industry is to form a multi-national & multi-skilled group to advance this cause. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Bill Doherty

bill doherty

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The course has been "contextualised" for powdercoating from pre-existing Production Engineering Trade courses. It has been recognised and accredited nationally. I contextualised it.  There are now two of us accredited to teach it. We both have training  and assessment qualifications/ engineering qualifications and thirty years experience in the industry. The training is competency based. We have both demo conveyorised and batch coating plants on a small scale. The course is being delivered one evening per week (4 hrs) and supplemented with trainer visits to the students workplaces. For regional students who can not readily access the training base we deliver at the workplace. The regional students tend to be with smaller organisations and so the delivery is more intense more often one on one. This we achieve by taking the trainer to the workplace 1 full (8 hr) day per month. I set up a route which generally takes me around a circuit 1 week per month. The course is very new and this will expand .The reception has been amazing. You would be astounded at how many operations have learnt their lessons by trial and error and are amazed when  the science is revealed to them. The State governments in Australia subsidise trade training courses to address industry skills shortages.The cost to the student or more often their employer is less than $A 1,000.00 pa.
We have provision to formally recognise both current competence and prior learning. I firmly believe the future is in E-learning techniques. We really should be developing  training resources using these available technologies. Assessment and Certification we will probably revert to conventional techniques. This, more to preserve the integrity of the qualification than anything else. I have done a lot of work on this course and would very much like to see it taken to the next level.
Our industry is an ideal candidate.
We are widely scattered and growing rapidly.
Our technology is moving quickly.
Many plants operate multi shift, limiting traditional training approaches.
It is of utmost importance that the process reputation is preserved from  uninformed misuse.
All in all, it is about time.
I would be happy to expand further.

metfinoh

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I for one would be interested in this type of education.  And I wonder what is already out there???  Do any courses like this exist - anywhere in the world??  Feedback from the Finishing Talk Community would be interesting.......

skelton

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I'd be in for a journey 'down-unda' to find out more 'bout this educational prophecy in powder coating (and a cold Foster's)......well-delivered Mr. Doherty....you are a proven scholar and a much received educator of your profession.......myself and a few of my colleagues will be fascinated to find out more about your "circuits" and are happy to invite you to the U.S.

I will be in contact. Thank you all.:cool:


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Dedalus

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Here's a funny experience.

I used to have all kinds of plating solutions around, and I'd plate my keys with them, partly for fun, and partly to make them easier to tell them apart. I was on the BART train (this was in Oakland, CA) and I was sitting next to this nice young lady, about 8, and her mom. I happened to take out my keys, she saw them, and said, "What's that?"

So, I explained to her and her mom a little about electroplating, let her look at the keys, and wound up by saying, 'study hard, and a smart little girl like you can learn how to do it, too!"

They could not have been more charmed.

Then, I turn around...and one of these peace-love-macrobiotic granola types they have out in the SF Bay area is giving me this incredibly dirty look. As if I'd been indoctrinating her in some evil art. I was really too taken aback by this to say a word...but, what, lady? you'd prefer that, when she grew up, she'd be hanging out on Telegraph Avenue panhandling like your pals?