President Obama issued a presidential proclamation on October 2, 2014, declaring the first Friday of October every year to be celebrated as National Manufacturing Day. The President stated:
"On National Manufacturing Day, more than 1,600 American manufacturers will open their doors and take up the important work of inspiring our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. Today's science, technology, engineering, and math graduates will power the next chapter of American production and innovation, and harnessing their potential is an economic imperative. When our manufacturing base is strong, our entire economy is strong. Today, we continue our work to bolster the industry at the heart of our Nation. With grit and resolve, we can create new jobs and widen the circle of opportunity for more Americans."
The prevailing perception is that the manufacturing industry is dirty, dangerous, and low paying, whereas that is not the case. Manufacturing Day is an effort to change that perception, where manufacturers welcome students, parents, teachers, and other enthusiasts to showcase modern manufacturing.
Manufacturing Day is just a way to dispel old myths and create new impressions of a well-managed sector with smarter factories. The industry is in fact clean, organized, and automated. It is important to promote this positive image among the general public.
Importance of Manufacturing
The manufacturing industry as a whole plays an important role in the economic prosperity of any country. From generating new jobs, to manufacturing products for trade and sustaining innovation, manufacturing is adding so much value to the economy. Manufacturing Day will enforce this importance in the minds of everyone.
Importance of STEM Education
With the growing number of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs in the manufacturing industry, STEM education is very important for the future of the industry. On Manufacturing Day, manufacturers can instill that interest in the minds of the students visiting their company.
Modern manufacturing consists of a lot of advanced technologies like 3D printing, robotics, big data, and the Internet of things (IoT). Visitors can see these processes live, and witness how products are manufactured.
Manufacturing Day gives students a chance to see the diverse career options available in the industry that are innovative, highly paid, and challenging.
Innovation is driving change in the manufacturing industry. There is the need for people with technical skills who are capable of solving difficult and challenging manufacturing problems. Manufacturers are continuously looking out to hire new talent and bridge the skills gap. Hence, Manufacturing Day is a great initiative to increase awareness about modern manufacturing.
In 2015, more than 2,600 live events were held which were attended by more than 225,000 students and 55,000 parents, educators, job seekers, and others interested in knowing more about the industry. As the manufacturing industry prepares to celebrate Manufacturing Day this year on October 7, these numbers are sure to go up.