WESTEC to host three industry-focused panels presented by AMP SoCal

The West Coast’s premier manufacturing event, WESTEC gives access to hundreds of experts in such critical industries as aerospace, medical, industrial machinery and consumer goods. The conference and expo, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, September 12-14, also gives attendees an opportunity to find solutions to manufacturing challenges with an enhanced exhibit area and more targeted exhibitors. WESTEC hosts a wealth of machining, metrology, design, waterjet, software, digital, 3D printing and engineering expertise.

This year, AMP SoCal is teaming up with WESTEC to offer a series of insightful and informative panels that are specifically created to provide value to those within the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Learn how to access California training funds for workforce development at the “Hidden Treasure” panel on Tuesday, September 12. Back-to-back presentations on Wednesday, September 13 will provide audiences the opportunity to hear from top industry representatives. The OEM panel at 10:30 am is designed to help small and medium manufacturers understand how to become a supplier for companies like Boeing and Northrop Grumman. The space industry panel and luncheon, “Prepare to Launch,” promises an exciting look at the technology and innovation from some of Southern California’s most cutting-edge ventures at Rocket Lab, Tyvak, Stratolaunch, U.S. Air Force, and right here at USC. Register for WESTEC and don’t miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of the excellent panels and exhibits.

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HIDDEN TREASURE: Getting your share of California training funds

Presented by AMP SoCal

Tuesday, September 12 | 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Millions of dollars of new funding was recently released by the State of California – specifically for workforce development. Learn how your company can take advantage of these funds to up-skill your team members in essential skills and advanced technologies. Ensure that you get the support you need to develop talent in your organization.

OEM PANEL: How do I become a supplier?

Presented by AMP SoCal

Wednesday, September 13 | 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Meet major industry OEMs and learn from their supplier development teams what it takes to ‘run with the big dogs’. Understand what certifications and technical requirements are needed, their selection process and more. Also, meet face to face with company representatives following the panel.

  • Melissa Audain, Supplier Diversity Compliance, Government Reporting & Requirements Analyst, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, The Boeing Company
  • Vicky Harper-Hall, Sector Manager, Global Supplier Diversity Programs and Government Relations, Northrop Grumman

Luncheon $25

PREPARE FOR LAUNCH: The technology and skills for today’s space industry

Presented by AMP SoCal

Wednesday, September 13 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The space industry is harnessing a new generation of innovators to fuel its meteoric rise to the cosmos. But how do top companies find the tools and talent to soar? Our star panel will discuss the technologies and opportunities allowing mankind to fly higher, reach farther, and travel faster – including what it takes for manufacturers to find people with the right skills to get us there.

  • Robert M. Atkins, Lt Col, USAF Chief EELV Mission Management Branch, LA AFB
  • Brad Schneider, EVP/General Manager, Rocket Lab 
  • Roland Coelho, Co-Founder, VP Launch Services, Tyvak
  • Melanie Preisser, National Systems Director, Stratolaunch
  • Dion Jackson, Program Director – AMP SoCal, USC Center for Economic Development 

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Also check out this valuable panel discussion from two of AMP SoCal’s partners:

APPRENTICESHIP: A Collaborative Approach  

Thursday, September 14 |1:00 – 1:45 PM

Advanced Manufacturing is hot in California with jobs like CNC machinists, programmers and engineers projected to grow over 50% in the next 10 years. We’ll crack the code on how to collaborate with workforce, industry, and education. Learn how partnerships and the Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Group (SWAG) have led to an apprenticeship model with funding that addresses the workforce needs in advanced manufacturing – and how you can get involved.

  • Tracy DiFilippis , Sector Strategies Manager, Goodwill Southern California
  • Jeffrey Forrest, VP, Workforce Development, College of the Canyons

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