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Manufacturing Month

Manufacturing Month is a chance to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation.

Manufacturing Day and month powered by SME Membership. We’re proud to support Manufacturing Day and help foster learning and collaboration between manufacturing companies and young creators. Manufacturing Day is an opportunity to promote the importance of manufacturing on a local, national, and global level. Companies across the industry come together to dedicate time and effort to connect with young professionals and educate the next generation of manufacturers. SME supports programs and initiatives that push the industry forward and help to advance manufacturing. We’re proud to participate in Manufacturing Day.

Manufacturing Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday in October. SME joins thousands of manufacturers across North America to showcase what modern manufacturing looks like and inspire the next generation of skilled workers. Throughout the entire month, we’ll have a series of events celebrating STEM and careers in manufacturing. There will be traditional webinars along with Shop Talks. All shop talks are virtual, open-forum discussions – facilitated by a moderator – focused on a key or emerging industry-related topic or product. Subject-matter experts will be invited to share their insights, experiences, and testimonials related to the topic. Join us for one or all events and download the SME Virtual Background to use during SME’s MFG Day programming all month long.

Manufacturing Day: Why it's Important

Rob Luce - Vice President, SME Education Foundation, says inspiring young people to explore manufacturing opportunities — or STEM opportunities in general — is critical. Misperceptions surround manufacturing, among them that manufacturing is a low-tech field, and an unimportant piece of the U.S. economy. It isn’t, and it’s our job to make that clear.

SME Leaders Support Manufacturing Day

Jeannine Kunz, Chief Workforce Development Officer, Tooling U-SME, discusses the support SME gives to help the advancement of manufacturing, support the next generation of makers, and the importance of Manufacturing Day.

You're Invited

All SME Chapters and Members are encouraged to host Manufacturing Day/Month events. The Manufacturing Institute offers resources to help you plan and register your program. Download a one-page document that highlights those resources and see what other organizations are doing to celebrate careers in the manufacturing industry.