Each year National Manufacturing Day celebrates modern manufacturing, with the goal of inspiring the next generation of professionals in the field. According to the organization’s website, mfgday.com, “Manufacturing Day addresses common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generation of workers, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.”
On October 5th and 6th, 2017, Lincoln Tech campuses around the country were proud to help promote that mission. Lincoln Tech’s campuses in Mahwah, NJ, Grand Prairie, TX, and Indianapolis, IN held special events in honor of National Manufacturing Day.
Discovering the Computer-Driven Future of Manufacturing
One of the most popular training programs on Lincoln Tech campuses right now is CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) Machining and Manufacturing – a high tech process that uses Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software and computerized control machines to create components from metal, plastic, wood or aluminum. This skilled trades career calls for sophisticated programming skills to bring products from concept design to reality: from a piece of titanium to an artificial hip; from a piece of steel to gears for cars, trucks and airplanes; from a piece of wood to parts for new home construction.
National Manufacturing Day was the perfect opportunity to focus on CNC Machining as the future of manufacturing in America. The field is expected to add almost 50,000 jobs* all across the country in the next seven years. “What a farmer doesn’t grow, a machinist makes,” says Luis Vendrell, Corporate Director of Product Development at Lincoln Tech. “The CNC Manufacturing industry requires both skilled line-workers to operate CNC machines, and automation programmers that direct the manufacturing process. Lincoln Tech students who choose this program get hands-on training in the campus’s Haas Technical Education Centers (HTEC), sponsored by Haas, the nation’s leading producer of CNC equipment.”
National Manufacturing Day – Hands on Fun for Everyone!
High school students, parents, and guidance counselors got to celebrate National Manufacturing Day at Lincoln Tech campuses with tours of the HTEC labs – including the new Gene Haas Center for Advanced Automation at the Indianapolis campus – live CNC machining and 3D printing demonstrations, a closer look at Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) and CAM software, and more. The Mahwah, NJ campus also hosted a presentation on their partnership with the NASA HUNCH program and their students’ CNC-manufactured contribution to the International Space Station.
*Source – careeronestop.org for the years 2014-2024.