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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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Young Folks Spend a Day at a Machine Shop


It's hard to have conversations with young people about manufacturing if they have never been in a shop. Luckily, MMS editor Derek Korn recently got a chance to take some millennials to a nearby advanced machine shop. Read their impressions following the trip.

Meet Frances, a 19-year-old student from the Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Educational Center in Westbury, New York. Francis competed in the Industrial Motor Control contest at the 2016 SkillsUSA national-level championships.

Crossing the Skills Gap One Student at a Time


Every year, thousands of high school and college students who are enrolled in public career and technical programs make their way to the SkillsUSA national-level championships to compete for scholarships and awards. These students are the best in their states and are part of a growing movement to ensure that America has a skilled workforce.

Modern Machine Shop group at SkillsUSA.

It's Time to Educate the Next Generation–Manufacturing Competitions Receive Support from Companies at SkillsUSA


The depiction of manufacturing jobs as dirty and undesirable may soon be a thing of the past. How are manufacturing companies showing their interest in getting more students into the field?



AMBA Awards Scholarships to Students Entering the Industry

By: MoldMaking Technology
Each year, the AMBA awards scholarships to the employees or dependents of employees of AMBA member companies. The Scholarship Program is designed to help facilitate education in moldmaking in the US.

What You Put Out There Comes Back to You

By: Cynthia Kustush
Surely there is truth in this headline. I’ve seen it happen with my own eyes and recently witnessed it again when I participated with the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Mold Technologies Division as its Mold Maker of the Year Award was presented to Geoff Luther, owner and president of A-1 Tool Corporation in Melrose Park, Illinois. The award was well-deserved.

Modern Machine Shop group at SkillsUSA.

It's Time to Educate the Next Generation–Manufacturing Competitions Receive Support from Companies at SkillsUSA

By: Max Egan
The depiction of manufacturing jobs as dirty and undesirable may soon be a thing of the past. How are manufacturing companies showing their interest in getting more students into the field?

Italian Manufacturer Offers Engineering Scholarship to Honor Deceased Employee

By: Jedd Cole
The Ing. Francesco Mulazzi scholarship will be awarded to students earning a Laurea Magistrale in mechanical engineering.

VIDEO: Molds, Michigan and Mike Rowe?

By: Christina M. Fuges
I cannot tell a lie. I was beyond thrilled to finally see Mike Rowe acknowledge moldmaking in his quest to promote the value of manufacturing to this country.


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