WHS TechMates Club Participates in National Manufacturing Day

Leah Choban tries the virtual welding station.

Leah Choban tries the virtual welding station.

Students from the Westlake High School TechMates Club participated in several activities as part of National Manufacturing Day hosted by Formtek. Formtek is a metal forming company and manufacturer of fabricating machinery located in Warrensville Heights.

After a tour of the Formtek facility, students were able to engage with the many companies, colleges and local schools that had exhibits and information about manufacturing and other related technology and programs. One of the more popular activities was provided by local company Lincoln Electric, where students were able to try their hand at virtual welding. Other companies that exhibited included Alcoa, Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding, Kelly Engineering Services, Kennametal, Lydey Automation, MAGNET, Makergear, Meyer Products, NSL Analytical Services, The Proud Company and Valtronic.

Watching a Denso Robot in operation.

Watching a Denso Robot in operation.

Educational representatives were on hand to demonstrate and discuss their programs. They included the Akron Testing Laboratory and Welding School, College Now of Greater Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College 3D Digital Design & Manufacturing Technology, Youth Technology Academy, and Unified Technology, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center RAMTEC, Lakeland Community College, and Mayfield High School Excel TECC.

National Manufacturing Day is annual event that occurs on the first Friday of October around the country. Manufacturing Day is a coordinated occasion during which U.S. manufacturers open their doors to demonstrate the potential of modern manufacturing technology, foster interest in manufacturing careers, and expand knowledge about and improve general perception of manufacturing careers and the value to the U.S. economy.

Manufacturing Day FAQ

Modern manufacturing environments are commonly thought of as dark, dangerous factories designed for low-skilled workers. Manufacturing Day addresses this misperception by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing really is today:

  • Manufacturing is technologically advanced, with use of automation, 3-D printing, robots, and screen technology.
  • The annual average salary of manufacturing workers is more than $77,000.
  • Manufacturers have the highest job tenure in the private sector.
  • 90 percent of manufacturing workers have medical benefits.

WHO should attend Manufacturing Day events?

Manufacturing Day events are meant for anyone who is curious about modern manufacturing and who would like to know more about what happens in modern-day manufacturing facilities. Audiences include students, parents, educators, media, civic leaders, and local communities in general.

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