Local group of 40 students tour Chandler’s fabrication and warehouse facility on Manufacturing Day
On Friday, October 6th a group of 40 bright and talented freshman and sophomore students from Stillwater Area High School (SAHS) toured Chandler’s design, fabrication and warehouse facility as part of Manufacturing Day. These students participate in the STEM program through their school and are enrolled in the Introduction to Engineering class where students explore drawing and 3D computer design modeling.
SAHS supports the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program, which promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Their mission claims, “through world-class curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.”
Kicking off the facility tour, a few Chandler employees shared with the students their STEM role outlining their day-to-day functions with regard to design, engineering, technology, machinery and operations.
Chandler’s Production Manager, Brent Denoma, outlined Chandler’s business model and how each department works together to bring projects to completion. Brent emphasized the importance of quality with regard to engineered drawings and safety precautions taken during the building phases.
Chandler’s Design Manager, James Voigt, expanded on project sketches and conceptual generation. He explained the process for creating original ideas and bringing them to life through 3D renderings leveraging industry research and various design software.
Bill Landgraf, Chandler’s Senior Design Engineer, presented production-ready drawings and how these drawings play a critical step in producing sound fixtures, displays and structures. Bill highlighted the ways in which engineers work to efficiently transform designs into buildable drawings, adjusting elements as needed for efficiency.
Lastly, Michael Baer, CNC Programmer, went through the steps he takes to send production-ready engineered drawings to machines located in the fabrication facility. These CNC machines cut, shape and finish materials such as metals, plastics or wood into usable components. As CNC Programmer, Michael develops, documents and validates CNC (computer numerically controlled) programs for various CNC equipment.
Nikki Bartelt, STEM Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN DOT), has been an advocate of student participation in STEM programs. Nikki is an Advisory Committee Member of Project Lead the Way and has been a vital liaison in organizing the students’ Manufacturing Day and supports public engagement efforts on behalf of the MN DOT.
About Chandler, Inc.
As a leader in the design and fabrication of retail fixtures, displays and stores, Chandler creates retail store environments for brands to live in. From custom fixtures to large-scale roll-outs, we deliver quality materials, skilled craftsmanship and incredible attention to detail for leading brands like Under Armour, Sony, The Home Depot, Anderson Windows, Target Corp., and Whole Foods Market. Full-service solutions offered include design, 3D rendering, engineering, manufacturing, project management, logistics and installation.