Make Your Future!


Summer Manufacturing Tours wrapped up July 27. 

Stay tuned for pictures and data on the tour impact.   

Also, a BIG THANK YOU to our tour hosts: 

  • Sodick

  • Amsted Automotive

  • Custom Aluminum

  • Wiegel





Interested in robotics, manufacturing, or skilled trades? Want to become an engineer, a machinist, a metalworker, or a programmer?

GCAMP (Greater Chicago Advanced Manufacturing Partnership) is excited to host transformational summer tours for students (ages 12+) interested in STEM careers within manufacturing and industry.

  • Explore the educational pathways that align with high wage industry careers.
  • Go "behind the scenes" to see how some of the products we use every day are made.
  • Interact directly with engineers, plant operators, and other industry professionals.

Limited spots are available. Youth groups, parents, teachers, and counselors are also invited to register.  Download the Summer Tours flyer here.


Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to explore your future career path!


Summer Tours

Friday, July 14 1:30-3:30 PM  Schaumburg

Sodick is a high precision machine tools company ranging from EDM (Electric Discharge Machines), High Speed Milling and 3D Additive Machine with Rigid Linear Motor technologies serving a wide variety of industries including Automobile, Aerospace, Medical and Semi Conductors.


Amsted Automotive
Tuesday, July 18 9:30-11:30 AM  Geneva

Amsted Automotive works with top OEMs and hard-charging startups to reduce mass, extend range, improve safety, increase performance, and maximize drivetrain efficiencies, driving the future of propulsion. Amsted Automotive specializes in high-efficiency mechatronic clutch designs, advanced metal-forming, powdered metallurgy, and engineering and manufacturing. 


Custom Aluminum
Friday, July 21 9-11:30 AM  Genoa

Custom Aluminum Products is recognized as a leader in the aluminum extrusion industry.   Founded in 1960, Custom Aluminum Products is a technically advanced aluminum extruder specializing in custom extrusions, fabrication, welding, bending, painting, anodizing, assembly, and packing.


Thursday, July 27 9:00am-11:00am Wood Dale

Wiegel provides leading OEM and tier manufacturers across the globe with progressive die heavy and high-speed metal stamping services. They support custom, high-volume production requests for precision, electrical connectors, contacts and various other electrical and non-electrical component parts. Wiegel also offers in-house support of rapid prototyping, tool design and tool production, waterjet and assembly services.






Looking for more manufacturing fun this summer?   

Try a Summer Manufacturing Camp!



In the spirit of our collective mission to build the next generation of manufacturers and creators, GCAMP is proud to promote the following manufacturing and STEM summer programs offered by our community partners.




From June through August, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs offers summer manufacturing camps for students interested in robotics, welding, programming, engineering, and more!   There camps are held at York High School, Grayslake High School, College of DuPage, Harper College, Triton College, McHenry College, Rock Valley Advanced Technology Center, and Illinois Valley Community College  

Visit for more information.


APS Academy

APS Training Academy offers free S.T.E.A.M. Summer Day Camps for Aurora kindergarten through 8th graders, Mon-Thu, 9am-12pm or 1-4pm, starting June 12th.

Visit for more information.  


Dupage Technology Center

The Technology Center of DuPage is offering a 4 day Robotics Camp for students entering 7th-9th grade.  Registration will remain open until camps are at capacity.  Download their informational flyer here.   

Email for more information.