Manufacturing Day is fast approaching. On October 5 and throughout the month of October, hundreds of factories, technical schools, and business organizations around the country will host events to show thousandsof students, parents, and educators just how exciting modern manufacturing can be. Too many of the talented individuals who would make the most of manufacturing careers are younger Americans who simply have the wrong perceptions about what those careers entail. But, as the events of MFG Day underline, gone are the days of the assembly line and the manufacturing plants their grandparents might remember. The students who become the American manufacturers of tomorrow will join a sector that is growing fast and leading the world in innovation. They will help devise wonders we can barely imagine today.
But the only way we'll attract these future workers is if we open the doors and let the reality of manufacturing speak for itself. We know MFG Day makes a difference; Deloitte's MFG Day surveys from 2015 and 2016 showed a definite uptick in positive perceptionsof manufacturing.
So how can you help? If you'd like to host an event but are unsure about how to begin, please see our website: mfgday.com. You can find information about event planning here. If you are already planning an event but haven't registered it, please do so. Registration helps us publicize MFG Day and track its many successes-and it gives you access to valuable resources, too. Best of all, it only takes a few minutes of your time. See this page for more details.
We have 400 events registered already; please help up us arrange more! Last year, students at one Northrop Grumman factory faced the challenge of building a model Apache helicopter. This year, students can enter a robotics competition in Alabama, see demos of 3-D printingin Arizona, and learn about indispensable medical technologies in Pennsylvania. Does any other sector of the economy have the breadth and excitement of manufacturing? No? Then help us show students the truth.