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Virtual Tours Offered on National Manufacturing Day

As part of National Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2020, over 260 Sacramento-area college and high school students will participate in 13 virtual tours of local advanced manufacturing companies.

Across the country, manufacturers are hosting events on October 2 for National Manufacturing Day 2020. The goal is to attract students who like to create with their hands to highly paid, in-demand manufacturing careers. In addition, Manufacturing Day increases awareness of the contributions of manufacturers to the Sacramento region as well as state and national economy.

Tours are being offered by AMW Design, Garner Products, Inc., Harris & Bruno International, Kratos, Siemens Mobility and Tri Tool, among others. Fourteen schools are participating in 13 virtual tours, reaching over 260 Career Technical Education students. Presentations will be made representatives such as a manufacturing engineer, CAD/CAM design engineer, CNC operator, welder, electro mechanical technician, quality assurance/quality control and industrial maintenance mechanic.

When students can talk with employees about careers through the zoom tours, they can start to see themselves in similar roles in the future.

Connecting students to employers is critical to attracting them to work in the field, explained Dean Peckham, President, Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI).

“Sacramento is home to manufacturers of life saving medical devices, food that is shipped worldwide, robotics used in scientific exploration, components for energy saving electric vehicles and many more innovative companies that are making a positive impact on the world,” said Peckham. “When students can talk with employees about careers through the zoom tours, they can start to see themselves in similar roles in the future.”

Manufacturing professionals who are members of SME Sacramento Valley and SVMI, are working closely with educators to celebrate the national event, according to Jeff Briggs, Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing North Region, California Community Colleges, housed at Sierra College.

“Students benefit from seeing work environments and are inspired when they learn about career opportunities from those working in the industry,” said Briggs. “Virtual tours have proven to be impactful.”

SVMI is also hosting Manufacturing Day for Manufacturers on October 29.

SVMI Virtual Manufacturing Career Day – Oct. 2

To inspire students to consider manufacturing careers, Sacramento area businesses are hosting virtual tours and giving presentations to classes in celebration of National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 2. This event is being sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Manufacturers Initiative (SVMI).

The goal is to connect employers with the rising generation of students and expose them to career options related to manufacturing, explained Steve Dicus, Advanced Manufacturing North Region, California Community Colleges.  “Each presentation will be a standalone event,” said Dicus.  “The 45-minute sessions will show where the presenters work and some of the typical tools they use, as well as include a discussion of typical tasks and daily activities.  In addition, the presenters will address the pay range for their particular careers, the training and certification needed, and future outlook for these careers.”

The presenters include:

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Technical Tester
  • Process Engineer
  • Welder
  • Quality Assurance & Inspection
  • CNC machine operator

Additionally, the presenters are being asked to share:

  • What made you interested in this career?

  • What was your path to getting to this position?

  • What was the most helpful class in school and why?

  • What is the best advice for someone getting into this career?

Instructors should contact Steve Dicus if they’d like to participate in these live presentations on October 2. There will be morning and afternoon sessions.

The National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute are the sponsors of National Manufacturing Day across the United States.