National Manufacturing Day
President Obama has officially made October 7th National Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing has come a long way since it was first introduced. Yet many young people cannot or do not envision themselves working in this industry. Manufacturing careers are such an important aspect of this country. Iconic Made in the USA goods include aircraft engines, life-saving biopharmaceuticals, and cutting-edge automobiles. American manufactures take pride in knowing they produced their goods in the USA.
President Obama spoke on October 6th, 2016 about National Manufacturing Day. He said, “Let us continue working to strengthen and expand the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow and ensure that opportunity for all is something we can keep making in America for generations to come.” Since the Great Recession in 2010, U.S. manufacturing has made a comeback as more than 800,000 new jobs have been created.
On National Manufacturing Day many manufacturing companies opened their doors and allowed tours of their factory floor in order to people to show what manufacturing looks like in the 21st century. The day will feature factory tours, hackathons, career exploration panels – providing hands-on demonstrations of what the 21st century looks like in a manufacturing company – and more.
“In Warren, MI, Department of Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. saw first-hand how production molds are designed and manufactured for the plastics industry at Proper Tooling, followed by a roundtable with students, employees of Macomb Community College, and employees of Proper Tooling to discuss the foundational role of STEM education in advanced manufacturing.” (Source)
Today, local organizations across the country are announcing steps to help more students and adults acquire the skills and resources to tinker, invent, and eventually manufacture their ideas at scale.
(STEM) Education Improvements
K-12 STEM Education Pipeline needs to be improved in order to provide the correct and necessary education of young people interested in this field of work. The manufacturing sector relies on students who are skilled within the different divisions of STEM. STEM stands for:
These important tools need to be taken seriously throughout the all levels of education. Once numbers begin to improve within these categories, the manufacturing sector will improve. When obtaining a job in this line of work, you must have a well-rounded education from the STEM topics.
Despite occasional minor downturns this year in manufacturing productivity, some believe that the US is actually experiencing significant growth in the manufacturing sector. In fact:
“For the last four years in a row, global CEOs have named the United States the best place to make and invest, and new capital investment is flowing in to a broad range of manufacturing technologies.” (Source)