Moore Norman Technology Center & CareerTech System Support National Manufacturing Day
(NORMAN, Okla.) Oct. 1, 2014 -- Friday is National Manufacturing Day and in the 29 technology centers across Oklahoma's CareerTech System, each school day sees students bridging a national gap in the need for a highly skilled labor force as they train for state and national certification in various manufacturing disciplines.
Manufacturing is the process of turning raw materials into finished goods. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership states that more than 82 percent of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage in skilled production workers, with more than 75 percent of them saying this skilled shortage has negatively impacted their ability to expand.
Moore Norman Technology Center does its part each year by turning out qualified graduates of its full-time and short-term classes in manufacturing. Designed for adult and high school students, classes such as Precision Machining, Welding and Electronics/Instrumentation are a pathway to state or national certifications, thus significantly increasing a graduate's job prospects.
One of MNTC's manufacturing success stories is that of Steven Dwyer, a U.S. Army Veteran who returned to the States after suffering severe injuries while serving in Iraq. Once healed, he visited MNTC, met Precision Instructor Tracy Jones and knew his future career as a machinist awaited him. He learned quickly and had great success in machining skills competitions. He started working with Applied Industrial Machining of Oklahoma City and today is a rock science lab manager at the University of Oklahoma in the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering. Dwyer creates custom replacement parts for powerful equipment, eliminating the need to buy them on the market at extremely high costs.
"I enjoy every step of the machining process, from dissecting a complicated schematic to deciding what tools I'll need to actually make the part," Dwyer said. "It's like DaVinci sculpting, but with a much higher tolerance and faster turnaround."
According to the Manufacturing Day website www.mfgday.com, 20 cities across the U.S., including Tulsa, will have a screening of "American Made Movie" in the hope of spotlighting manufacturing in America. For information about where to attend an event, visit www.mfgday.com/events.
Additionally, the Science Channel, an official sponsor of Manufacturing Day, will have a week-long marathon called "How It's Made Week" to showcase the Art and Ingenuity of Manufacturing. The purpose of these events and education is to have students, teachers, parents and job seekers consider and gain insight into manufacturing technology careers in America.
Quick Facts About Manufacturing in the U.S.:
- October is National Manufacturing Month
- In 2012, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,505 annually, including pay and benefits.
- Manufacturers have the highest job tenure in the private sector.
- U.S. manufacturers are responsible for 47 percent of the total U.S. exports.
- Over 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing.
Anna Aguilar-Trowbridge, APR
Media & Creative Coordinator
Moore Norman Technology Center