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Manufacturing needs talented professionals! Plenty of careers are available for manufacturing engineers as well as trade professionals such as machinists and toolmakers. One of the challenges manufacturing employers face is that too few young people with aptitudes for science, mathematics and technology are discovering these fields. This page describes efforts to reach the next generation of manufacturing talent, and offers links to resources making the case for manufacturing careers.

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Figuring Out What Makes Millennials Tick Means Learning How to See Them Differently


A millennial’s take on why maybe it’s time to step back and examine how we talk about the next generation of manufacturers.

A Virtual Approach to CNC Training


One way to take the fear of crashing an expensive machine out of CNC training is by using simulation software that features programming methods actually used on the shop floor.

#MFGDay15 Illuminates and Bridges the Manufacturing Divide


Gaps in workforce skills and public perception are nothing new to manufacturing. What is Manufacturing Day doing to help, and what happens after outreach?



Cardinal Manufacturing to Host Open House May 18

By: MoldMaking Technology
Cardinal Manufacturing is a revolutionary student-run manufacturing program based out of Eleva-Strum High School in Strum, Wisconsin.

Leading Your Industry: Chicago AMBA Sets the Pace

By: Cynthia Kustush
Today, I’m writing about leading our industry and how the AMBA’s Chicago Chapter continues to set the pace as it works to engage the next generation of makers.

Student Video Contest Promotes Manufacturing Education

By: Matt Danford
Teams of students recently visited local manufacturers not just to educate themselves, but to produce educational videos for their peers, parents and students.

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Video: Update on Cardinal Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski
State legislators produced this video promoting the Wisconsin high school shop program run as a for-profit business. See the shop for yourself at an open house May 18.

Leading Your Business with Cadence

By: Cynthia Kustush
What is the cadence of your leadership within your company? AMBA President Troy Nix posed that question in his keynote presentation at the recent AMBA Chicago Supplier Night.


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