Adv. Manufacturing

& Engineering

Our local advanced manufacturing industry is one of the hidden gems of Sonoma County. Our region is home to some of the world’s most innovative technology and medical device manufacturing companies. Check out some of the career opportunities in our local advanced manufacturing industry.

  • Engineer (Mechanical, Electrical, Systems, etc.)
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Computer-Aided Designer
  • Logistics & Operations
  • Quality Assurance / Quality Control
  • Marketing
  • Sales Representative
  • Lab Technician
  • Machine Operator
  • Plant Manager
  • Assemblers & Fabricators
  • And More!

VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES

EXPLORE THE INDUSTRY THROUGH VIRTUAL TOURS, PANELS, AND DEMONSTRATIONS.

Manufacturing Demonstration:

SMALL DEVICES THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

with Labcon

Let’s go behind the scenes at a medical device manufacturer in Petaluma, CA. We take a video tour and get a demonstration of an assembly line that cost over $2,000,000 and produces 300,000-400,000 medical pipets every day used for COVID testing.

Manufacturing Demonstration:

SAVING LIVES THROUGH ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING

with Medtronic

Experience Medtronic through an in-depth look at one of their manufacturing processes followed by a live Q&A session with R&D Engineer Matthew Baldwin.

Panel Discussion:

INTERNING IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

with Keysight Technologies

What’s it like to start interning at a major tech company right out of high school? Three interns from Keysight Technologies provide insight into what it was like to jump into the manufacturing industry. Their managers will also join to provide context of why this type of internship is a win/win for the intern and the company.

Panel Discussion:

INTRO TO ENGINEERING CAREERS

with SWE Golden Gate Section and Community WISE

An all-female panel of engineers from different backgrounds – including biomedical, agricultural, and electronics – discuss what it means to be an engineer and what kind of education you need to enter an engineering career. Brought to you by SWE (Society of Women Engineers) Golden Gate Section and Community WISE (Women Investing in Stem Equity).

STEMspiration Series:

KATIE HENRY

Micro:Bit Educational Foundation

Katie presented a fun and dynamic session with coding and craft demonstrations as well as stories from her education and career journey.

Demonstration & Discussion:

AUTOMATION AND THE CAREERS OF THE FUTURE

with Blentech Corporation

The jobs of tomorrow will look different from the jobs of today. Automation is becoming more prevalent but there are ways to get ahead of the curve and prepare for the careers of future.

Facility Tour:

MANUFACTURING WITH MAX PRECISION

with Max Machinery

Take a live virtual tour of Max Machinery Inc. in Healdsburg, where they engineer, manufacture, and test high-tech precision flow meters. Two representatives from Max Machinery will give us an inside scoop on the processes and equipment they use to engineer this unique product.

Panel Discussion:

HOW SENSORS ARE USED IN MANUFACTURING

with Straus Family Creamery, Keysight Technologies, and Vinify Wine Services

What do a creamery, a tech company, and a wine company all have in common? Sensors! Straus Family Creamery, Keysight Technologies, and Vinifiy Wine Services discuss how their company uses sensors every day in their manufacturing process.

Panel Discussion:

HOW COVID WILL CHANGE FUTURE CAREERS

with Keysight Technologies

Two executives from Keysight Technologies discuss how the company has adjusted to COVID and how it will change future careers. Learn about the new sets of skills necessary to succeed in your career.

ONE-ON-ONE

CAREER INTERVIEWS

WITH REAL PEOPLE IN THE NORTH BAY

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

CHRISTINE NEE, ENGINEERING MANAGER
MEDTRONIC

With locations in over 160 countries, Christine moved from Medtronic in Ireland to Medtronic here in Sonoma County! Hear Christine’s story and learn what it takes to be an Engineering Manager at a global medical device manufacturer.

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

DAN VOIT, CEO
BLENTECH

Dan’s love for food led him to pursue food science and food engineering. Now, he blends the two as the CEO of Blentech (pun intended). Dan’s unique story that includes making equipment for a manned mission to Mars, traveling the globe, and running a local company that helps feed people around the world.

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

MATT CHARLES, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
MOLYWORKS

MolyWorks has designed a zero-carbon solution to metal waste by converting scrap metal into a product that can be used to 3D print completely new parts. We interview Matt Charles, CTO of MolyWorks, on this innovative idea, the technology, and career opportunities within the company.

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

LEYLA HASHEMI, R&D ENGINEERING MANAGER
KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES

Leyla leads a team of thirteen engineers that create microcircuits for some of the world’s most innovative technology. In this interview, she talks about her career path and how she found her home at Keysight Technologies, a leading tech company located here in the North Bay.

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

PETER MICHENFELDER, OPERATIONS MANAGER
MAX MACHINERY

Hear how a job in theatrical carpentry led Peter to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering. Now, Peter manages operations at Max Machinery where they design and develop incredibly precise instruments used by organizations around the world.

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

KILLIAN RIDDELL, REGULATORY AFFAIRS
MEDTRONIC

There are several rules and regulations to follow in order to keep your products and your customers safe. It’s the job of the Regulatory Affairs Specialist to make sure the organization adheres to those regulations. Killian describes the many facets of regulatory affairs and speaks about his love for this rewarding career.

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING

YAS NEUBERGER, R&D ENGINEER
MEDTRONIC

Yas’ love for Star Trek sparked her interest in engineering and science. Seeing people make a positive impact on the universe through science and discovery led her to believe she too can make a difference. Following her dream, Yas is now an R&D Engineer and helps develop life-saving medical technology.

MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURING

SCOTT WEITZE, LEAD SCIENTIST & LAB MANAGER
LABCON

Hear the inside scoop of what it takes to run a science lab at one of the world’s leading medical device manufacturers. Scott talks about his career, his background, and why he takes such pride in his work – especially during a pandemic.

FABRICACIÓN DE ALIMENTOS Y BEBIDAS

YAS NEUBERGER, INGENIERA PRINCIPAL DE I&d PARA MEDTRONIC 
MEDTRONIC

“Descubriendo tu Pasion a traves de tu Carrerra.” Una entrevista con Yas Neuberger, Ingeniera Principal De I&D Para Medtronic.