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Manufacturing Day with SME

Manufacturing Day is a chance to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation.

SME is proud to support MFG Day and help foster learning and collaboration between manufacturing companies and young creators. MFG Day is an opportunity to promote the importance of manufacturing on a local, national, and global level. Companies across the industry come together to dedicate time and effort to connect with young professionals and educate the next generation of manufacturers.


Manufacturing Day: Creators Wanted

Creators Wanted is the industry’s year-round effort to build the workforce of the future. MFG Day is focused events to promote manufacturing to students, parents, and educators for the first Friday in, and throughout, the month of October. Launched annually on the first Friday in October with events that continue throughout the month, MFG Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

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SME Leaders Support Manufacturing Day

Jeannine Kunz, vice president of Tooling U-SME, discusses the support SME gives to help the advancement of manufacturing, support the next generation of makers, and the importance of Manufacturing Day.

Manufacturing Day Webinar About Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

On October 1 from 2-3:30PM, SME members are invited to join a webinar About Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MFD). The Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has continued to advance manufacturing research for the U.S. over the last two years during a time where a lot of change has occurred. This webinar will cover ORNL’s response to COVID-19 as it relates to manufacturing.

Manufacturing Day: Why it's Important

Rob Luce - Vice President, SME Education Foundation, says inspiring young people to explore manufacturing opportunities — or STEM opportunities in general — is critical. Misperceptions surround manufacturing, among them that manufacturing is a low-tech field, and an unimportant piece of the U.S. economy. It isn’t, and it’s our job to make that clear.

The Manufacturing Day Mission

Address common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

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