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Publication Date: 03/1/2008
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WESTEC Focus on Promoting Careers
Los Angeles, CA — The Society of Manufacturing Engineers' WESTEC 2008 Exposition and Conference will take place March 31-April 3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Describes as the largest annual machine tools and advanced manufacturing event in North America, WESTEC reaches out to the more than 16,000 manufacturers in LA County, including aerospace and defense, energy, automotive, electronics, medical and consumer products.

Nearly 600 exhibitors, showcasing more than 8 million pounds of state-of-the-art equipment, are expected to participate, representing more than 30 different technologies, such as advances in high speed machining, cutting and tooling, laser systems, welding robotics and automation, as well as manufacturing technology application and solutions.

"Because Los Angeles employs more people in manufacturing than any other county in the entire United States," says Zita Collins, WESTEC's Senior Show Manager, "manufacturing professionals count on WESTEC not just for technology, but for professional advancement, as well."

The expo offers free educational programs, including sessions on comparative technologies, lean principles and fundamentals in machining process. This year, WESTEC launches an all-new Back-to-Basics theme, highlighting a workforce development program, offering pathways to manufacturing careers, including free educational sessions. For example, WESTEC attendees can watch the entire manufacturing process of a special WESTEC hammer from design to the finished product utilizing CNC mills, lathes and other power equipment.

Back-to-Basics aims to attract and engage a diversified audience composed of women, new immigrants, displaced workers, non-college bound youth, and the existing workforce searching for re-training opportunities.

Alongside the learning demonstrations will be participation of various schools, community colleges, training centers and institutions in California offering courses and careers in manufacturing and engineering from which attendees will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of career pathways to manufacturing. The program will also include a career center for manufacturing companies and employers to conduct on-site interviews and job placements.

For more information, contact: Society of Manufacturing Engineers, One SME Drive, Dearborn, MI 48121 800-733-4763 or 313-271-1500 fax: 313-271-2861. Web:

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