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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?



Infographic Argues that U.S. Manufacturing Is Set for Stability and Growth

By: Jedd Cole
The Reshoring Initiative intends its infographic to help manufacturers as they plan for Manufacturing Day coming up on October 7.

Titans of CNC teaches in prison

Video: Machine Shop in San Quentin Prison

By: Peter Zelinski
The TV program “Titan” will become more directly focused on machining instruction as its creator incorporates his teaching in the prison into the show.

Wearing IMTS Like a Badge of Honor

By: Cynthia Kustush
Throughout my week at this larger-than-life event, from hall to hall, I witnessed several attendees and exhibitors alike announcing how many IMTS events they’ve attended.

Sandvik Coromant Donates $50,000 to Support Education Programs

By: MoldMaking Technology
Sandvik Coromant donated $50,000 to help enable hundreds of students to take advantage of STEM education opportunities including a series of special summer camps as part of their “Dream It. Do It.” program.

Guiding Students’ IMTS Experiences

By: Cynthia Kustush
The Chicago Chapter of the American Mold Builders Association is stepping up its efforts during IMTS to engage students and teach them about the world of advanced manufacturing.


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