MAKERSHiP™ Profile: John

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John Naples MAKERSHiP Participant

John Naples MAKERSHiP Participant

What brought you to the MAKERSHiP™ Project?

The Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union #12‘s manager at the time, Kevin Malley, and our current business manager, Dave Bernett contacted John Tkach with a few guys’ names that he thought would be a good fit for the MAKERSHiP™ project. I was lucky to be included.

What classes have you taken?

I have taken wood planing, MIG welding, organic sheet metal, and arduino building. I am scheduled to take basic metal shop, sandblasting/powder coating, and TIG welding. (The MAKERSHiP™ Project begins with a series of classes at TechShop Pittsburgh. (Explore classes at TechShop Pittsburgh.)

What have you made? What do you plan to make?

I plan to start with motorcycle components, then possibly custom metal fabrications such as planters, light boxes, signs, and other similar items. Possibly some more animated or interactive pieces where I can use the arduino to control movement/lighting etc.

How do you envision using the digital manufacturing skills you have learned through the MAKERSHiP™ Project in your career?

I feel like the skill sets I am working on would enable me to fit in any custom or specialized metal manufacturing position that may come along, as well as any opportunity I might have to produce on my own.

I hope my knowledge of my craft would help a manufacturer streamline his process and save money in the long run by having someone with know-how to consult at his or her convenience. Process modifications could take place in a day or two instead of a month or two.

The MAKERSHiP™ Project is a training and employment system for the next generation of manufacturing workers.

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