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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?



Beyond Talking: Seeing is Believing

By: Cynthia Kustush
This year the AMBA Chicago Chapter will be hold two symposiums promoting careers in advanced manufacturing, but this time teachers, career counselors and superintendents will have the opportunity to see advanced manufacturing in action.

Haas Collaborates in Arkansas Manufacturing Education Program

By: Jedd Cole
The program, taking place on college campuses, is focused on seventh through ninth grades.

Project-Based Learning – The Rest of the Story

By: Cynthia Kustush
In this month’s issue of MMT, I wrote about an instructor’s strategy for teaching his mechanical engineering students about moldmaking via project-based learning. I couldn’t include absolutely everything this instructor teaches his students, so I thought I’d blog about it.

Greenfield Industries Hosts Apprentice Appreciation Day

By: Jedd Cole
The event marked the first year of Greenfield’s partnership with Apprenticeship Carolina.

Don’t Miss One Critically Important Aspect of IMTS

By: Cynthia Kustush
I can’t wait for IMTS, which will take place in Chicago from September 12-17. There is so much to see in the way of new manufacturing technologies and so many new people to meet – but that’s only one of the reasons I can’t wait.


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