Southern California's plastics industry is uniting for an afternoon career fair and education night March 11 in San Diego. ``The Sky's the Limit'' is the theme for the event, targeted at high school and technical school students and being held at San Diego State University.
Management expert Bob Nelson, an author of the 1001 Ways business motivational books, will be the keynote speaker following a banquet and recognition program.
Earlier, at least 20 plastics processors, equipment makers, material suppliers, educational organizations and industry groups will hold a table-top career fair.
SDSU's American Society of Mechanical Engineers chapter will conduct tours of the SDSU College of Engineering and its Facility for Applied Manufacturing Enterprises, which has a complete design, development and manufacturing program including design software, mold building, injection molding and polymer science and mechanics.
Instructional items in use at SDSU include a loaned Toshiba Machine Co. America GN-series injection molding press with a clamping force of 150 tons, a donated Perkin-Elmer Corp. Pyxis thermal analysis testing system, plus Pro/Engineer software.
Units of the Society of Plastics Engineers and the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. organized the event.
In addition to Toshiba and Perkin-Elmer, other support comes from the ASME, California Film Extruders and Converters Association, San Diego Industry Roundtable for Education, Ashland Chemical Co.'s General Polymers division and Polymer Training Resources.
Attendees pay $25 in advance or $30 at the door. There is no charge for students from participating schools.
Contact the SPE education committee at (619) 679-0807 or the SPI Western Section office at (949) 262-6979 for more information.