College is a great option for kids but a four-year degree isn’t the only path to success. A career in manufacturing is also a great option, especially for kids that enjoy working with their hands.
And that’s what Macomb County’s Manufacturing Day event is all about. This annual event, which began nine years ago, works to educate kids about careers they can pursue in the county’s booming manufacturing industry.
“Manufacturing Day allows (students) to see the opportunity and excitement that exists in this field,” says Shannon Williams, the Career and Technical Education Consultant for the Macomb Intermediate School District. “Participating in Manufacturing Day allows students to see many different career paths in action, from designer, to engineer, to machine tool operator.”
Manufacturing Day 2021
This year’s event will look a bit different, featuring both in-person and virtual tours of local manufacturing hubs so that local middle and high school students interested in these career paths can learn more about these jobs. “This year we wanted to get the kids out of the house and in the facilities because that’s really where they get the best experience,” Williams explains. “This hybrid model is a nice mix and we might do it in the future as well. It’s a happy medium to implement each year while keeping our eye on the main focus: Getting students out and on the floor of the facilities.”
There are 24 facilities participating in this year’s event and they specialize in everything from automobile engineering to tool cutting, plastic molding and much more. Students that choose to watch the pre-recorded tours of PTI Engineered Plastics in Macomb and Sequoia Tool of Clinton Township can watch the videos at their convenience on the event’s website. Students who wish to participate in person will be divided into tour groups that are led through the factory to see what happens behind the scenes, talk to some of the professionals that work there and get their questions answered.
Face masks, social distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures put in place at each facility will be followed by touring students.
How to get involved
The in-person portion of Manufacturing Day 2021 happens on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, and will feature both morning and afternoon tours. Find a full list of manufacturing day events — and the two pre-recorded tours — on the event’s website.
Manufacturing Day is free to all students and is not limited to Macomb County students. Students who did not sign up for an in-person tour this year can get on the list for next year’s event by coordinating with their school’s guidance counselor. “We’re very appreciative of our manufacturing partners who are stepping up and opening their doors to our students again this year,” Williams says. “You won’t see very many Manufacturing Day events around the state or country this year, so this really shows how dedicated they are to our students.”
For more information on Manufacturing Day, including registration, visit macombengage.org.
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