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Machine Manufacturing entertains staff and KOIN TV

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On May 6, Sylvania’s Machine Manufacturing and Engineering departments partnered on a “Mini-Mag” flashlight workshop, where faculty and staff were taught how to make their own flashlights – complete with casings, bulbs and handles with etchings – using machinist and engineering equipment.

KOIN-TV (Ch. 6) came out to cover the open house/workshop and report on opportunities in the field, along with wages that can be earned: general machinists and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tool operators can earn from $11 to $27 per hour, while tool and die makers make between $18 and $32 an hour.

Sylvania student Don Birkley shows KOIN-TV reporter Ellen Hansen part of the flashlight casing he’s helping to create at the annual open house organized by Pat Kraft of the Machine Manufacturing department and the Engineering department.

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James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »


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