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Posted on October 11th, 2017 by Ken Klapproth in New Materials & Applications
Even the most innovative idea will remain just that if no one figures out how to make it. National Manufacturing Day encourages the next generation of makers.
If your vision of manufacturing is a dark and dirty assembly line where there is more sweat than tech, think again. That is one of the missions of National Manufacturing Day held annually in the United States on the first Friday in October. Started in 2012, Manufacturing Day brings together students, educators, business people, and the media on location in manufacturing facilities all over the country to educate them on contemporary, state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and the exciting, high-tech nature of available careers.
According to the Manufacturing Day organization, a skills gap threatens to leave more than 2 million manufacturing jobs unfilled in the next decade. Studies also show that positive exposure to manufacturing makes students twice as likely to pursue a career in the field. And with the increased penetration of robotics and industrial automation, careers in the field involve advanced technology and training in STEM. As much – if not more – engineering is required in developing efficient and effective manufacturing processes for today’s products as designing the products themselves. If you’re the type of person whose sense of accomplishment comes from doing, then a career in manufacturing could hold the key to a lifetime of reward.
Participation in the event has increased year over year. Since 2012, the overall number of events has increased more than 1,000%. With encouragement and support of the White House, manufacturers around the country are also realizing benefits of participation. Have a look at the following video to see a few testimonials for yourself:
It’s not too late. Whether you’re a manufacturer needing to fill open positions, an educator trying to inspire your pupils, or a student intrigued with the thought of an exciting career, there are many resources available to help you plan ahead for next year. National Manufacturing Day falls on Friday, October 5th in 2018. Keep up to date on the Mfg Day website or follow them on Facebook. The next generation is out there waiting to make something great again.
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