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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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New to Swiss-Type Turning


What are some nuances to training a person to effectively operate a Swiss-type lathe? This shop offers some suggestions.

Not Just a CNC Degree


A relationship with a local employer allowed Rock Valley College to create a 21st-century model for manufacturing instruction. That was good, because for this school’s manufacturing program, the 20th century did not end well.

Addressing the Skills Gap


According to Roush Industries Operations Manager Mel Koslowski, one way to address the skills gap is to expose kids to programs in high school that will pique their interest in manufacturing careers.



Shop Class for First Graders?

By: Emily Probst
How do we attract the next generation of manufacturers? Start them young by letting them tinker.

Drawing Millennials to Manufacturing

By: Russ Willcutt
The best endorsement for choosing advanced manufacturing as a career path may well come from those who have already entered the field and are now reaping the rewards.

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RAMTEC Ramps up Academic Outreach

By: Russ Willcutt
Technology instructors in the RAMTEC Ohio program are expanding credentialing courses available to program enrollees, helping address the state’s “manufacturing gap.”

A CNC Machine with Nine Controls

By: Mark Albert
One obstacle to training the next generation of machine operators and engineers is exposing them to the variety of machine types and controls they are likely to encounter when they are hired. A community college in Illinois has the answer—training machines from Emco Maier with exchangeable control panels. Find out how students and their potential employers benefit.

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Mold Making: Your Road To Success

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Mold Making - Your Road To Success is an educational video targeted at youth who are considering their career choices.


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