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More than 650 students from 22 schools toured and explored manufacturing plants throughout Tampa Bay for Manufacturing Day 2019.
While the majority of tours were held on October 4th, these trips will be taking place all month long.
Manufacturing Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.
Students learn how these manufacturing plants operate and what their economic impact is to our community.
“This is such a wonderful opportunity for our learners to see the manufacturing process from start to finish and get hands-on learning,” said Jereme Monette, Supervisor, Career & Technical Education for Hillsborough Schools.
Students interested in robotics, engineering and manufacturing were selected to participate in Manufacturing Day.
Seventh grade student James Shaughnessy, from Greco Middle School, loved touring Southern Manufacturing Technologies in Tampa and learning about the different parts created for airplanes.
“I’ve always thought about having an engineering degree so this is really helping me get to know more about it before I decide if that’s what I want to do,” said Shaughnessy.
President of Southern Manufacturing Technologies (SMT), Roy Sweatman, is very involved with this event, hosting the most students all month long. He has used Manufacturing Days to employ many students from our district.
SMT creates many components for F15s, F16s, Joint Strike Fighters, Tomahawk Cruise Missiles and parts used in space.
“Manufacturing, in general, is not really well known and it isn’t considered a lot of the time as a career for young people,” said Sweatman. “So, part of the whole Manufacturing Day is to bring young people in schools to tour manufacturing plants so they can see what manufacturing is all about and what the jobs are all about and let them understand that there is an alternative to flipping burgers or going to college.”
Roland Burton, also a 7th grader from Greco Middle School, was in awe of all the machines and computers used to create the different parts for airplanes.
“It’s very important to learn about this,” said Burton. “One day I can use this information so I can help these people or help someone else that may need to learn this.”
To learn more about Manufacturing Day: https://bit.ly/2IAnRTY