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MFG DAY 2017

MFG DAY event--October 12, 2017

MFG DAY emerged from the desire to make a "louder voice" for our local manufacturers. Because manufacturing has a lot to celebrate being a vital industry for the US. In the last few decades, technology, innovation and automation have almost completely transformed the industry's jobs by automating repetitive, mundane, or dangerous tasks. So, today's manufacturing recruitment focuses on people who can imagine, adapt, troubleshoot and communicate and make decisions. This shift has and will continue to result in a demand for a more diverse and higher level skillset for manufacturing’s workforce, and its related industries.

Did you know that 9% of the US Workforce is employed in manufacturing—that's about 12.3 million people? The average of those classified as hourly workers earn $26/hour, and that wage does NOT include benefits. Moreover, since the Will/Grundy area is a major intersection for waterways, expressways, pipelines and railways, we have one of the largest chemical and petrochemical manufacturing clusters in the nation. Workers in this manufacturing specialty area have a strong science, math, technology foundation enabling higher skillsets, as such, are paid a higher average wage rate--$33/hour before benefits.

Also, manufacturers' investment in research and development represents more than 75% of the entire private sectors' R&D investment. For manufacturing to remain strong, it needs high school students to consider careers in manufacturing and its related industries.

Thus, the focus of MFG DAY is to highlight the diversity of career opportunities AND demonstrate manufacturing is a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based industry. 

Once again, TRMA with our educational partner, Joliet Junior College, is planning for a successful MFG DAY.

Last year, over 100 volunteers from industry hosted 650 area students to participate in the following events:

  • Opening Program: Jeff White, TRMA Executive Team and Dr. Judy Mitchell, JJC President, welcomed Students and Educators to MFG DAY and invited them to explore the technical, science and career opportunities
  • Keynote: David Edward Garcia motivated students to dream big and write their own script
  • Manufacturing Jeopardy: Using a fun, fast paced game, an experienced panel explained manufacturing facts from 5 categories: Career Areas, Environment, Education, Jobs, Safety.
  • 2 Areas for Display Case: Manufacturers and related industry professionals hosted STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based displays introducing students to careers and the foundation of manufacturing.
  • Social Media: Time and space for photo opportunities to individualize the experience, post to their social media resources and to meet the keynote speaker.
  • 2017 Save the Date


Manufacturing Careers

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