Program Designed to Expand Knowledge of Manufacturing and Improve Public Perception of Manufacturing Career Opportunities
In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2017, GK Machine opened its doors on Friday October 6, 2017 to more than 150 students from surrounding high schools and community colleges as part of an effort to change student's perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.
Activities included guided tours of GK Machine’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, students met with Engineers, Machinists, Programmers, Fabricators and others who help design and create custom equipment. Students were able to ask questions directly to workers on the factory floor.
Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.
"There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology," said Gary Grossen, CEO with GK Machine. "The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers in the manufacturing industry."