Each year since 2012, students from the Engineering and Emerging Technology cluster have had the opportunity to journey to local manufacturing companies. There, students learn firsthand about the modernization of the industry, future career paths, and experience what it’s like to be around the manufacturing of products and technologies. Because these manufacturing firms generously willing to open their doors to students, general antiquated misconceptions regarding what it’s like to work in the field, can be minimized.
Typically the event only includes our Engineering and Emerging Technology students. However, this year, the opportunity was extended to our Programming students as well. An emphasis was placed on how programming is directly involved in driving the manufacturing lines and machines.
As a bonus, each participant was given an official Manufacturing Day t-shirt, gift bag, and pizza lunch. Overall the feedback after the event was positive, with “receiving hands on time with the plant equipment” listed as the highlight. Students enjoyed peeking behind the curtain to see what a modern-day manufacturing shop entails.