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Academic Engagement
AEC Academic Engagement

What you should know about Aluminum Extrusions!

We're in lots of cool products!

We're in lots of cool products! Extrusions play a key role in crash management systems for cars, in alternative energy, new LED lighting systems, delivery truck electrification, medical imaging, energy efficient building systems, sporting goods, new lightweight vehicles … and more!

We don't just extrude

We don't just extrude. We may start with extrusion, but in more and more cases we then machine, bend, bond, robotically weld and assemble to create finished components or assemblies. You'll find a lot of advanced manufacturing technology in our plants – and an appetite for more.

We're likely nearby

We're likely nearby. Our 50+ North American extruder members operate over 90 facilities in 31 states and 4 Canadian provinces. So we're likely to be near where you are – or want to be.

We're growing – and investing

We're growing – and investing. Driven by new applications, our members have invested nearly $500 million in the past 5 years in new, state-of-the-art extrusion, casting and fabrication capacity.

Sustainability is a core value

Sustainability is a core value. Extruded aluminum components don't end up in a landfill. Rather, they are melted into new billet, which is then extruded and processed into components which are then remelted at the end of life into new billet with no degradation of properties. Our 2016 Environmental Product Declaration documented that recycled content comprised over 55% of our feedstock.

You're important to us!

You're important to us! Today's students will design and produce tomorrow's products, help engineer products for customers, program and run our robots and lead our manufacturing teams. So we have a suite of programs to help you get engaged.

AEC Academic Engagement Resources and Programs for...

Programs for Educators Programs for Students Programs for Members

Additional Learning Tools and Information

The Aluminum Extruders Council's mission of the Academic Engagement program is to:
  1. Provide students with the basic knowledge about aluminum extrusion that will support their professional development, and
  2. Create extrusion-savvy graduates who can become future consumers, designers, engineers and employees.

Download the AEC Academic Engagement flyer to learn more.

Download the educational presentation, “Designing to the Limits of Your Imagination”, to learn more about aluminum extrusion applications, design and processes.
Visit the AEC YouTube channel for webinars available on-demand covering the attributes of aluminum and the aluminum extrusion process, as well as technical aspects of extrusion design, including alloy selection, part geometry, fabrication and more. Find us on YouTube under AECorg.

Contact AEC for more information on how you can support and take advantage of the AEC Academic Engagement Programs.