The objective of the CEJC is to promote the advancement and prestige of the engineering professions by encouraging cooperation among local engineering and scientific societies and educational institutions. The Council encourages joint cooperation of its member organizations for effective public service, mutual educational programs and shall assist them in the pursuit of their goals.

The CEJC is an organization comprised of the local chapters of Engineering Societies, including:

  • SME – Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • NSBE – National Society of Black Engineers
  • AIAA – American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • AIChE – American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers
  • ASHRAE – American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
  • ASME –American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • ASQ – American Society of Quality
  • AWMI- American Society of Women in Metals
  • CE Club – Civil Engineering Club
  • IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • INCOSE – International Council of Systems Engineers
  • SAME – Society of American Military Engineers
  • SWE – Society of Women Engineers
  • SCSPE – South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers
  • The Citadel – College of Engineering

Learn more at http://www.charlestonejc.org

Youth Apprenticeship Carolina

Charleston’s reputation as an International “Hospitality Center” is well established. The readers of Conde Naste have voted Charleston the No. 1 Top US City for the past 4 years.

What is less well recognized is that Charleston has become a more diverse economy with a strong Health-Care Industry and growing Manufacturing and Information Technology Sectors. Economic projections are for 25,000 new jobs in the Charleston area by 2018. Many of these new jobs will be in the Manufacturing Sector.

A comprehensive 2014 Talent Demand Study shows that many of these new jobs are being filled by workers who move to the area from out-of-state. The Study also identified gaps in the local education system that need to be addressed to prepare local students for careers in these high-demand jobs.

A partnership of local educators, employers and community leaders came together to create a unique alternative education program for local High School students. Trident Technical College, The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, six local manufacturers, and the 4 local school districts have created the region’s first US Department of Labor Youth Apprenticeship Program.

The Youth Apprenticeship Carolina Program began in August 2014 with thirteen 11th and 12th students (from Fort Dorchester HS, Garrett Academy of Technology, Goose Creek HS, R.B. Stall HS, Wando HS, and West Ashley HS) who attend High School classes in the mornings and dual-credit Industrial Technology classes at Trident Tech in the afternoons. The 13 students also work part-time as Youth Apprentices, gaining on-the-job experience and wages, at six local manufacturing companies (IFA Rotorion, Robert Bosch, VTL Group, Hubner Manufacturing, Cummins Turbo Technologies, and Detyens Shipyard). The Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce provided scholarships to these 13 students for the TTC courses.

Upon successful completion of the two-year program the students will receive a High School Diploma, a certificate for 4 semesters of TTC courses, 2000 hours of paid on-the-job experience, and a US Department of Labor certificate for completion of an Apprenticeship Program in “Basic Industrial Technician”. These students will be prepared to start a career in Industrial Maintenance.

The “Basic Industrial Technician” Program will grow in August 2015 with the addition of a second cohort of students. Also, in August 2015 a second Apprenticeship Program, “Industrial Machining”, will begin. Already 5 additional manufacturers (Zeltwanger, Briteline Extrusions, Venture Aerobearing, Aero Precision Products, and Torqtek) have agreed to provide jobs for the 2015 student cohorts.

This manufacturing initiative has also created an interest in providing future Youth Apprenticeship Programs in “Hotel Operations”, “Culinary”, and “Computer Networking and Programming”. Currently there are a total of 38 employers who have agreed to provide apprenticeship jobs to students in the Manufacturing, Hospitality, and Information Technology sectors.

The program can only grow to the extent to which local employers provide on-the-job training opportunities to the students. For more information about the program or to become a participating employer contact Mitchell Harp, TTC Director of Apprenticeship Programs, 843.574.6979 or Lara McKenna, TTC, 843.574.6918. #YouthApprenticeshipCarolina

Charleston’s Talent Demand

In mid-2014, The Charleston Metro Chamber, along with several other local community and higher education organizations, commissioned and participated in a study to compare the higher education offerings in our region with the needs of our employers. National consultants from Avalanche Consulting, as well as the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) worked to identify the region’s higher education gaps.

The results of the three phase analysis will help determine where potential gaps exist between the output of local educational institutions and the skills needed by employers, as well as, how to fill both the short- and long- term demand for workforce and skills in the Charleston metro region.

View Report: http://issuu.com/charlestonmetrochamber/docs/rpt_1_-_workforce_supply__demand_an?e=0/8408384

One of the strategic focal points for the Charleston ASQ Section in 2015 will be on the regional needs for talent, and how the section and it’s members can help to support this need. In order to fill the gaps and provide the appropriate level of talent for regional businesses, industry leaders and associations alike must come together quickly.

In the fall of 2014, various projects were kicked off by members of the ASQ Charleston Section Leadership, including participation on the CEJC (Charleston Engineering Joint Council), presentation to SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineering) and a presentation to the Citadel’s School of Engineering. That presentation can be viewed here: The importance of engineering, systems & quality for Charleston’s future

For more information on how you can contribute to the talent demand efforts, contact jim.thompson@cmsicharleston.com or joe.brinson@ifa-rotorion.com.


Join us for the annual Lowcountry Quality Conference

ASQ Charleston invites you to the 2014 Lowcountry Quality Conference. The host for the conference is ASQ Section 1122, which represents the greater Charleston, South Carolina Metro Area. Conference news, speaker status, agenda and other details will be posted on our website at http://asqcharleston.org.

Conference Schedule: https://asqcharleston.org/2014/03/25/2014-schedule/


Before April 1, 2014: $159 for both days, $79 for Thursday only, $99 for Friday only
After April 1, 2014: $179 for both days, $89 for Thursday only, $129 for Friday only

*Fees include: breakfast and lunch on Thursday + breakfast, refreshments, full buffet lunch on Friday


Guests coming in from outside of the area are encouraged to book a room at our discounted rate of $129/night using group block name “American Society for Quality – ASQ” at the time of making reservations. Each individual guest must make his/her own reservation by calling 843.744.4422 by 3/27/14. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

Crowne Plaza YouTube Video & Online Hotel Booking

Attendees will receive 0.7 RU’s per day

Questions, comments or concerns? Contact Conference Chair – Jim Thompson at jim.thompson@cmsicharleston.com or 843.469.8279.

2014 Schedule

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Thursday, April 24th 2014
7:30am Late Registration
8:00am Welcome & Kickoff
8:30am Track A
Mike Poland

Root Cause Analysis Workshop


Track B
Mark Crossley

Design of Experiment (DOE) Workshop

12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Mike Poland (Continued) Mark Crossley (Continued)
2:00pm Load buses for tours






Facility Tours (Two Options)

#1 Clemson’s Wind Power Turbine Testing Facility


#2 Charleston Water Systems Treatment Plant (Plumb Island)


5:00pm Return to Crowne Plaza


5:30pm – 8pm Networking & Cocktails (Crowne Plaza – Poolside)

Happy Hour & Cash Bar featuring DJ Jerry Wade

*Note: Event is open to friends, family, co-workers, etc.


Friday, April 25th 2014
7:30am Late Registration
8:15am Welcome & Kickoff
8:30am Opening Keynote: Dr. P. George Benson

The Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award

President, College of Charleston

9:30am Morning Break
9:45am Topic #4
Jennifer Hooks

Improving Workflow for Electronic Health Records


10:45am Morning Break
11:00am Topic #5
Dr. Deborah Manzo

Facilitating Innovation & Creativity in Meetings using Quality tools

NC State

Noon Lunch
1:00pm Topic #6
Dan Schneider

Hidden Costs & Employee Incentives

SIB Development & Consulting

1:45pm Afternoon Break
2:00pm Topic #7
Robert Martichenko

Strategic Pathway to a Lean Supply Chain


Topic #8

Rick Bickerstaff

Baldridge from Auditees Perspective

Charleston Water Systems

2:45pm Afternoon Break
3:00pm Topic #9
Scott Brady & Rebecca Harper

Lean Hospital:  Patient Safety


Topic #10
Adam Caldwell

Facilitating Risk Assessment & Mitigation Meeting


3:45pm Closing Notes & Participant Feedback from ASQ Chapter 1122
4:00pm Depart

*Dr. Robert Jenkins – Backup Speaker

Saturday, April 26th 2014
10:45am Arrival Time

Public Parking (i.e Cumberland St. Garage)

11:00am Embarkation/Security
11:30am Guided Tour & Presentation of Carnival Fantasy
12:30pm Lunch in Jubilee Dining Room
1:30pm Promenade Deck (Deck 5)
2:00pm Debarkation (Deck 3)