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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 Manufacturing 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 industry come together dedicating time and effort to connect with young professionals and educate the next generation of manufacturers.


When is Manufacturing Day?

Manufacturing Day occurs every year on the first Friday in October. This year MFG Day falls on October 2, 2020. In 2019, the President of the United States signed an official proclamation acknowledging National Manufacturing Day. Want to get involved? Join thousands of manufacturers as they showcase what modern manufacturing looks like and inspire the next generation of skilled workers.

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SME supports 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.

SME Institution Members Celebrate Manufacturing Day

SME Members across the country participated in Manufacturing Day 2020. This is a special opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their workers and company, as well as to connect with future skilled workers. With many of the in-person events turning virtual, check out how Tennessee Tech University celebrated with a Live Virtual Zoom Round Table.
SME Institution Members Celebrate Manufacturing Day

Supporting Tomorrow's Workforce

Scholarship Opportunities

SME assists many young professionals through their manufacturing education journey.

PRIME Success Stories

High schools across the country are supported by SME to build manufacturing/engineering programs.

Scholarship Success Stories

Learn how individuals are thriving in manufacturing with the support of SME programs.
Humans of Manufacturing

Humans of Manufacturing

Manufacturing is made up of individuals from all walks of life. Going behind the scenes and hear their stories.
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Student Summits

SME works to inspire the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent through Student Summits at our events.

Become a Member

By offering high school and postsecondary memberships, and creating a professional development pathway, SME is fulfilling its mission by helping prepare students for challenging, rewarding and lucrative careers in manufacturing. Free and low-cost membership options are available.

Who is involved with Manufacturing Day?

Manufacturing companies across the nation open their facilities to the public inviting students, teachers and community leaders a chance to see what modern manufacturing looks like. Events are intended to attract a larger workforce while showcasing to the public the high tech and the variety of skills and careers that are available to the next generation of individuals considering manufacturing. When individuals have a chance to experience modern manufacturing firsthand, their attitudes and opinions about the industry shift for the better. That is why we want to inspire and recruit the next generation of manufacturing professionals.


What are SME leaders saying about the future of manufacturing

Opportunities Within Manufacturing Are Endless You Just Have To Know Where To Look

By Sandi Bouckley - CEO and Executive Director, SME

Earlier this year, George Anders, Senior Editor at large for LinkedIn, wrote an article discussing the Top 15 U.S. Cities to Launch Your Career. I couldn’t help but notice that the top nine spots on the list were held by Midwestern cities – including three in Ohio and another in Michigan (where SME has offices).

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Skills, Career Opportunity and Our Challenge: Let’s Close the Manufacturing Perception Gap

By Rob Luce - Vice President, SME Education Foundation

The mission of the SME Education Foundation is to inspire, prepare and support the next generation of manufacturing. That mission is indeed our mandate: It’s the focus of our work every day. We’re not alone in the effort — we work and collaborate with educators and schools, industry partners and communities.

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Manufacturing Day: Why it's important

By Rob Luce - Vice President, SME Education Foundation

Manufacturing Day is a critical component of that solution: Manufacturing Day gives manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. Inspiring young people to explore manufacturing opportunities — or STEM opportunities in general — is critical.

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Opening the World of Manufacturing to Kids

By Jeannine Kunz - Vice President, Tooling U-SME

Tooling U-SME has been an advocate of Manufacturing Day since the program’s inception in 2012. Over the years, we have supported academic programs and provided high schools, community colleges and universities with curriculum to prepare the next-generation workforce for successful and fulfilling careers in manufacturing.

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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.


For more information please contact:

Christopher Barger
Sr. Director, Communications, SME
O: (313) 425.3190  |  M: (313) 269.0721  |  E:

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Photos from previous MFG Day