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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Manufacturing Day Is Around the Corner

Rock Valley High Student

A Rock Valley High student explains what he thinks about the manufacturing industry. Credit: SME Education Foundation.

Friday marks Manufacturing Day 2013, an annual celebration of manufacturing innovation and career opportunities. Last year, the ThomasNet News team brought you coverage from our New York region, including a visit to G.A.L. elevator manufacturers in The Bronx and the Steinway factory in Queens.

During Manufacturing Day, companies across the U.S. open their factory doors to allow students, veterans, community members, politicians, and others see what 21st century manufacturing looks like. As we’ve stressed on IMT Machining Journal, and elsewhere in ThomasNet news, one of the main issues in confronting the skills gap involves exposure. Those outside the industrial sphere are unaware of the extent to which computers and precision machining have made manufacturing facilities quieter, cleaner, and more in step with contemporary technology.

Related Article: AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology President Doug Woods explains why outreach programs like Manufacturing Day are key to industry development and health. 

Companies supporting Manufacturing Day (#mfgday on Twitter) have realized that by exposing students and job seekers to manufacturing environments, they can educate people about the manufacturing world. In the video below, students explain why they began to study manufacturing, and what they think others should know about industrial production. Students from Rock Valley College are able to work at Clinkenbeard founding tooling business, helping the company reduce turnaround time while gaining valuable real-world experience.  This hands-on knowledge has helped these students find career paths, just as Manufacturing Day stakeholders hope their events will help visitors on Friday.

–Brian Lane

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