Macomb County will once again host a coordinated event to coincide with National Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 4. The event provides an opportunity for high school students to visit area advanced manufacturing facilities to see the industry in action and meet people who make things. Since 2014, more than 10,000 students have participated through the support of an active planning committee and the generosity of host sites and sponsors.
“The future of manufacturing in Macomb County and the greater Detroit area is strong, so it is a great time for young people to begin thinking about entering the field,” said Vicky Rad, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.
The annual Manufacturing Day event offers a unique opportunity for these students to connect with local businesses and learn about the profession. At the same time, it gives local organizations the chance to interact with the next generation of talent and to promote their companies. It’s a positive experience for everyone involved.”
Commitments from companies that would like to get involved are being accepted now. Host sites are asked to offer a 90-120 minute guided tour for a group of students and teachers.
Successful tours offer some combination of the following:
- Overview of the employer by company leadership, who provide information about what they do, who they hire and opportunities for career growth that they offer.
- Smaller sub-tours that highlight different work areas and careers.
- Opportunities for students to talk with employees and see the product life cycle in action.
- Opportunities for students to see and touch the machinery, tools and products that are a part of the industrial workplace.
For more information on becoming a host site or to get involved as a sponsor, visit http://business.macombgov.org/Business-Events-ManufacturingDay.