STEMM Idol Speaker Series: Dayton Region Manufacturers' Assoc.

On Friday, January 31, as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series, representatives with the Dayton Region Manufacturers' Association presented on manufacturing - which was an eye-opener for the student attendees. The event encouraged students to learn more about the manufacturing industry and to gain new perceptions of manufacturing career opportunities.

“We want them to know that they have lots of options,” said Program Coordinator Dayton Region Manufacturers' Association Kayla Manuel. “There's a lot of career options. We found that most students, high school and middle school, aren't even aware of manufacturing — they don't really have any perception of it. So we want them to know this is a good career option for them either after college or if they want to go straight into the workforce.”

The students were taught about salaries, different levels of manufacturing jobs, and various education requirements. The students asked questions about the industry and their own prospective opportunities.

“For entry level manufacturing it would be machine operator,” explained Manuel. “We also have assembly, fabrication. For entry level, [with] training or certifications you can go into welding, programming and up from there. There are career opportunities for every education level, either from right out of high school all the way to advanced degrees.”

Manuel had assistance in portraying what it’s like to have a job in manufacturing. 

There were visuals to display the essence of manufacturing, including tri-fold boards, information graphics, and a miniature remote-controlled robot arm revolving and plucking various objects off the desk.

Jim Bowman, the President, CEO and Owner of Noble Tool LLC, and Heather Parrish, the HR Assistant at Techmetals Inc., spoke interactively about various career opportunities.

“They're both great at talking to students,” Manuel commented. “They both have really good stories on how they got into manufacturing and love sharing the passion of the industry.”

“Every position is important in a manufacturing facility,” Manuel explained. “We’re seeing a lot of companies that want to get those [young] people in and then ... train them, move them up in the company and make more space for more young people to fill in, so you have your workforce pipeline constantly moving.”

Written in collaboration with Cyrus Good ‘21

Posted February 6, 2020