Tiger Manufacturing is a student-run machine shop, fully functioning at Newberg High School. Our students machine real parts, for real customers for real paychecks. We educate students while efficiently and effectively manufacturing high quality machined components.
what we do
At Tiger Manufacturing we provide a unique, hands-on education experience that prepares students for life after high school. Our student-run business is student-driven from the ground up. Students receive customer orders, procure tools and material, manufacture parts, send invoices, and report payroll, among other tasks. Our hours worked are recorded for both class credit and payment at minimum wage. We offer a rare opportunity to get paid while going to school! Our shop currently includes a brand new HAAS CNC Mill, a CNC lathe and various manual machines. In our first year of operation, we manufactured over 10,000 parts and successfully turned a profit! Now, Tiger Manufacturing has been up and running for two full school years. We have introduced 3 new positions this year to assist our student CEO.
Cell Lead: Mill
Cell Lead: Lathe
To fill these positions, students went through the application process and were selected by High School staff and the current CEO. Including those chosen to fill the new positions, there were 11 students total enrolled in the class this year. Next year we plan to increase our class size to 16, allowing more students the opportunity to participate. Our students leave Tiger Manufacturing with a solid set of career-ready skills and increased ambition.
What our students learn
Each student learns a variety of hard skills that can be broken into three categories: business, machining, and management.
Creating/Placing Product Orders
The Set-up and Use of Quickbooks Accounting Software
The Payroll Process
Working with Clients
Setting-up Tooling Blocks
Developing/Applying Standard Procedures
Along with these skills, students are learning soft skills such as responsibility, communication, teamwork, active listening, the importance of initiative, commitment, and much more. They are able to become part of a successful team who accomplishes goals together, preparing them for a realistic work environment.
Where we are headed
During the 2018-2019 school year, we expanded our one class into two class periods. We will be continuing with two class periods in the fall. This change has allowed for more students, and flexibility. This year’s class will grow to a total of 16 students, only eight of which are returning students from last year. We are always hoping to expand our program to as many students as possible.
Also new this year, we have received and installed our new HAAS CNC mill. This was made possible by our generous community after the fund raising efforts of our previous CEO. This new addition will help us teach our students with more advanced technology and expanded capabilities.
Tiger Manufacturing takes a different and refreshing approach to education, and we want to provide this opportunity to as many students as possible. The return on investment for the students, and the community at large, has already proven to be more than anticipated. We are building the next generation of our community's workforce and take pride in the products and futures we are creating.