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Next Generation

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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Manufacturing Education Series Digital Editions

Read current and past issues from our Manufacturing Education Series.

Hurco to Award Free Machine Tool to Winning Entrepreneur

By: Peter Zelinski
Contest open to manufacturing entrepreneurs in business five years or less. Finalists to appear before judges at IMTS.

Refueling Manufacturing Through Storytelling

By: Stephanie Monsanty
New media company Edge Factor is partnering with Purdue University and industry leaders to produce educational materials based on episodes of its shows.

Recruitment Machines

By: Peter Zelinski
Are you involved in a robotics league? These competitions attract and identify young people who could thrive in a manufacturing career.

beginner's guide to metals example of blocks

Beginning Guide to Metals

By: Peter Zelinski
A machining business gave young people visiting the shop a set of blocks made from various metals to help them understand the work of manufacturing, and the knowledge of materials that manufacturers put to use.

Clemson U. Grad Student Wins MTConnect Challenge

By: Mark Albert
Valerie Pezzullo won $100,000—the top prize in a national contest designed to promote innovative uses of the MTConnect open operability standard—for her application that monitors cutting conditions to reduce or prevent chatter.

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