How It’s Made: Term III Students Learn Manufacturing Processes

May 16 2017
Category: Academics

Term III Students Explore Manufacturing

Term III at Elmira College is a special six-week session that provides students with a deeper look into new topics and subjects through experiential learning. One experience is an operations class for business administration students.

The students are learning first-hand what it takes to compete in today’s global economy this term by visiting world class manufacturing organizations in the Chemung County area, and analyzing their value propositions and strategies.

“We are fortunate to have a number of industry leaders in the local area that have been kind enough to let us study their operations and best practices in detail,” said Professor Jim Mullen '75, Associate Professor of Management.  

These companies include: Anchor Glass Corporation, Bucher/Emhart Glass, Nucor/Vulcraft Steel, CAF USA, DePuy Synthes/Johnson & Johnson, Hilliard Corporation, and Southern Tier Custom Fabricators.

During these visits students are learning what it takes to melt sand, soda ash and limestone to 2,750 degrees in order to produce three million glass bottles every day, and achieve the number one supplier ranking for Samuel Adams Brewing. They have also experienced how companies use high-speed cameras and light technology to become the worldwide leader in automated glass bottle inspection equipment, while witnessing the manufacturing of Amtrak railcars.

“Students are not only learning tools for analysis, but how to apply those tools in real world settings, which will really be a competitive advantage and set them apart in their internships and first jobs,” Professor Gene Rendino, Affiliate Professor of Marketing.

Click here to learn more about Term III.