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Manufacturing today is an advanced, highly valued industry that involves innovation and technology - and the human element.

Humans of Manufacturing is an initiative developed by SME to address misconceptions about manufacturing careers. Emphasis has been on products and companies, but not on the everyday people who make it happen. Humans of Manufacturing will showcase that manufacturing today is an advanced, highly valued industry that involves innovation and technology — and the human element.

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In the Driver’s Seat

Don’t let Carlo Cruz’s lofty title—senior engineer in digital engineering for Toyota Motor North America—fool you. What he does is play with cool manufacturing technologies all day long. When Cruz first entered the University of Cincinnati, he wasn’t planning on a career in manufacturing. After several years of studying organic chemistry, he took part in a cooperative learning program with, where he learned about Lean principles as part of the Toyota Productivity System, and it stuck.
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