Friday is National Manufacturing Day — a day set to address common misconceptions about manufacturing impacts by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is, and what it isn’t.
It’s a day to celebrate the achievements and impact the manufacturing industry has had, and continues to have, on the lifeblood of our country and our economy.
Why Manufacturing Day is Important
Manufacturing plays a much bigger role in our lives than we might think.
- Manufacturing is diverse. The wide range of companies and their products reflected on the interactive, infographic map shows a bit of the breadth the industry provides each of us.
- Manufacturing supports 18.5 Million U.S. Jobs.
- Manufacturing career opportunities include engineers, designers, machinists, computer programmers and so much more.
Patricia Lee, Director of Marketing for Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Int’l® had this to say:
“Manufacturing Day is critical to resolving the skilled labor shortage in manufacturing. Some people think we don’t make anything here in the U.S. anymore, and yet nothing could be farther from the truth. This annual opportunity for manufacturers to open their doors, invite the community in, and share information about what they do and the types of skilled employees they need is critical to resolving this labor crisis which will only accelerate as more and more Baby Boomers retire.”
Ways You Can Participate
There are a few ways you can get involved in Manufacturing Day and learn how manufacturing plays a key role in our society.
Join a MFG Day Event
Manufacturers throughout the country are hosting various events on Manufacturing Day to give people a better glimpse of what the manufacturing industry is all about.
Events range from career expos to 3D printing shop tours to high school and college tours, and more! Some locations will be showing movies, others providing hands-on experiences and free skills training.
With close to 1,300 events planned this year, there’s sure to be something going on near you.
You can search for and find an event on the MFG Day website.
Take a Virtual Field Trip
Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education have partnered to provide 3rd-12th grade educators, administrators, school counselors and families with materials to cultivate the next generation of manufacturing leaders and innovators.
One of the tools they provide are virtual field trips of Alcoa advanced manufacturing plants around the world to experience high-tech robotics in action and meet the teams of engineers, designers, and innovators using STEM on the job.
While designed for school children, these virtual field trips are fun and informative even for adults on Manufacturing Day.
Jump on over to the Manufacture Your Future website and take a virtual field trip today!
View the Manufacturing in America Infographic
The Manufacturing in America infographic is full of interesting facts about manufacturing in America and is displayed in a fun and easy to read format! Some fun facts include:
- The annual average salary of manufacturing workers is more than $77,000.
- Manufacturers have the highest job tenure in the private sector.
- 90% of manufacturing workers have medical benefits.
Scroll Through the Skills Gap in US Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond Presentation
First published in 2001 in partnership with Deloitte, The Manufacturing Institute’s Skills Gap Report was a landmark study identifying the mismatch between the skills of available workers and skills that manufacturers demand. The 2005 and 2011 reports confirmed that gap and showed an increasing mismatch of skills. It will inform you on the importance of manufacturing in the American economy. View the presentation here.
Download the Fusion Tech Manufacturing Catalog
Fusion Tech is proud to be part of the manufacturing industry here in America, providing employment for over 100 people and assisting companies in the food processing, agriculture, transportation, and renewable fuels industries by manufacturing equipment and parts they need to be successful.
You can learn more about our manufacturing capabilities by downloading our Custom Parts Manufacturing catalog.