Manufacturing DayCelebrated nationally on the first Friday in October, MFG Day is manufacturing’s biggest annual opportunity to inspire the next generation, positively shift perceptions about our industry, and build the foundation for the manufacturing workforce of the future.

MFG Day is an initiative of the Manufacturing Institute. The MI builds, diversifies, and strengthens the modern manufacturing workforce and tries to and shift common perceptions about careers in modern manufacturing. It leads skilled training and career development programs and aims to change the state of the workforce.

Some Outdated Perceptions of Manufacturing

Many people hold many misconceptions about the manufacturing industry. Many people think the industry doesn’t provide fulfilling or even well-paying careers, especially for the younger workers.

  • Manufacturing jobs don’t offer a fulfilling career
  • Manufacturing jobs are repetitive, monotonous, underpaid
  • Involve working in decrepit, dirty factories

What is Mastercam Doing to Combat These Perceptions?

Mastercam has always welcomed students, teachers, and parents to their facility in Tolland, Connecticut on Manufacturing Day. Attendees are shown how to start their careers in manufacturing. Students watch a “Design then Cut” demonstration that follows the process of designing a part within Mastercam, all the way to cutting the part with a CNC machine in the Mastercam Manufacturing Lab. While onsite, students have the opportunity to get a close-up look at the University of Connecticut’s Formula SAE car, an example of student-led design and engineering. This is always a great way to show off the opportunities in manufacturing and we hope that it helps to change the common misperceptions.

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