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2018 MFG DAY event--October 9th 2018

The focus of MFG DAY was to highlight the diversity of career opportunities AND demonstrate manufacturing is a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based industry. 

For the 5th year, TRMA and our education partner, Joliet Junior College, executed a MFG DAY event for local students. There were over 750 students from about 15 area schools in attendance to engage with 150+ volunteers from industry.

  • Opening Program:

    Mike Brose, TRMA chair & Flint Hills Resources’ Plant Manager, Manufacturing and Dr. Judy Mitchell, President, JJC welcomed to the Students and Educators

  • Keynote: EJ Carrion's presentation, "Preparing Students to Succeed in School & Life" invited the students to explore achieving success with a great career in manufacturing.
  • Manufacturing Jeopardy: Students competed in a fun, fast paced game of Manufacturing Jeaopardy with an experienced panel to learn manufacturing facts from 5 categories: Career Areas, Environment, Education, Jobs, Safety.
  • 3 Areas for Display Case: 2018 boasted 52 displays from 48 manufacturers or related industry organizations. Each hosted a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based display to introduce students to careers or engage them in manufacturing.
  • Social Media: Photo opportunities to individualize the experience or post to social media were created throughout the day.

MFG DAY emerged from the desire to make a "louder voice" for our local manufacturers. Because manufacturing has a lot to celebrate being a vital industry for the US. In the last few decades, technology, innovation and automation have almost completely transformed the industry's jobs by automating repetitive, mundane, or dangerous tasks. So, today's manufacturing recruitment focuses on people who can imagine, adapt, troubleshoot and communicate and make decisions. This shift has and will continue to result in a demand for a more diverse and higher level skillset for manufacturing’s workforce, and its related industries.

Did you know that 9% of the US Workforce is employed in manufacturing—that's about 12.3 million people? The average of those classified as hourly workers earn $26/hour, and that wage does NOT include benefits. Moreover, since the Will/Grundy area is a major intersection for waterways, expressways, pipelines and railways, we have one of the largest chemical and petrochemical manufacturing clusters in the nation. Workers in this manufacturing specialty area have a strong science, math, technology foundation enabling higher skillsets, as such, are paid a higher average wage rate--$33/hour before benefits.

Also, manufacturers' investment in research and development represents more than 75% of the entire private sectors' R&D investment. For manufacturing to remain strong, it needs high school students to consider careers in manufacturing and its related industries.

 

Manufacturing Careers

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