Manufacturing Day, observed the first Friday in October, is a celebration of modern manufacturing, as well as an invitation to students at all levels to learn more about manufacturing and to encourage them to consider it as a career.
Dozens of cities, counties, and states have officially proclaimed Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, to be Manufacturing Day, while over 1,500 manufacturing operations across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico plan to open their sites on that day to allow students, families, and the public to experience firsthand the activities that take place—and the high-level skills required—in manufacturing the wide range of goods that sustain our culture and our economy.
Manufacturing Day 2015 is sponsored by The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and media groups, including the Science Channel, which plans to run a marathon of the series, How It’s Made, all day.
Promoting positive perceptions
According to NAM.org, every dollar spent on manufacturing adds $1.37 to the U.S. economy, and The Miliken Institute reports that every 100 jobs created in a manufacturing facility creates an additional 250 jobs in other sectors.
However, a recent survey of the public perception of manufacturing shows that, while Americans resoundingly support the industry, a majority would not encourage their children to choose it as a career. This is due in part to uncertainty around the economy, and a belief that manufacturing jobs are those most likely to be offshored.
Interestingly, the survey noted that those most familiar with manufacturing and involved personally are more than twice as likely to encourage their children to pursue careers in the industry.
Manufacturing Day was conceived as one way to reach out to students, families, and educators with little or no understanding of or experience in manufacturing and make them more aware of the benefits and possibilities of a career in the industry.
The Manufacturing Day 2015 website provides resources such as webinars, teachers’ toolkits, flyers, banners, infographics, and media guides to help manufacturers and educators plan activities, give plant tours, and market their outreach.
Modern manufacturing skills
Though U.S. manufacturers are somewhat optimistic they will regain momentum after the recession, a 2015 report by The Manufacturing Institute projects a sizeable gap between the skills and talent manufacturers say they need to keep growing their businesses and that which will be available from newly graduating classes.
The report claims that in the next decade, up to two million manufacturing jobs may go unfilled, due to economic growth, baby boomer retirements, a loss of embedded knowledge, negative perceptions of the industry, decline of technical education programs, and a decline in STEM skills among workers.
One of the goals of Manufacturing Day is to begin acquainting students, teachers, and the public with the knowledge and experience needed in order to work successfully in today’s manufacturing plants and factories.
Making American manufacturing competitive
The public perception survey shows almost half (48 percent) of Americans believe that business leaders understand what is needed to grow and strengthen the U.S. economy, compared to only 28 percent who believe Federal policy makers know how to improve the situation.
The survey also points out that Americans want to invest in manufacturing, but they also want leadership in government to do more to provide a competitive advantage for U.S. manufacturers over other countries, including making tax policies more attractive to onshore investment.
These factors indicate that the public will respond well to industry led outreach efforts such as Manufacturing Day. At the same time, industry leaders must continue to push for trade policies that will create more U.S. jobs and improve the economy, in order to benefit U.S. citizens.
Investing in robotics and automated assembly
In the face of tight margins and foreign competition, American manufacturers have been investing in robotics and automated assembly machines. These advanced tools secure a competitive edge by reducing labor cost as well as increasing production output, while process automation insures that they are working as efficiently as possible.
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