Yesterday, the Rockford Register Star ran an article highlighting an educational day camp on manufacturing for 12 to 18 year olds organized by Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajig, the foundation arm of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International (FMA). The FMA is a professional organization that works to improve the metal forming and fabricating industry and is a member of the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations.
The camp’s 14 students will spend a week learning more about manufacturing and engaging in hands on projects that include building scale models, touring local manufacturing facilities, learning basic entrepreneurship principles, and working with actual manufacturing equipment. The camp is a unique way to get kids excited about manufacturing and expose them to the technical skills necessary for success in the industry.
Manufacturing is now more exciting and complex than ever before and the industry continues to drive high-tech advancements and innovations. With close to 60,000 manufacturing jobs going unfilled, it is important to continue efforts like the FMA’s day camp to make sure students learn about the many opportunities and careers available in manufacturing.