(NORMAN, Okla.) Oct. 4, 2018 -- October is National Manufacturing Month and Moore Norman Technology Center is hosting an MFG Day event from 7:30-11 a.m. Oct. 24 at the Franklin Road Campus in Norman. This free event is open to central Oklahoma manufacturers looking for solutions to their challenges related to finding qualified workers. Participants will hear from speakers and tour MNTC’s newly constructed technical, engineering and manufacturing-focused classrooms and work spaces.
To register visit mntc.edu/mfgday or for questions call 405-801-5808.
Presentations will include information about Career Connection, MNTC’s free, web-based job-posting platform that puts employers directly in front of MNTC’s students and graduates. Breakout session options include “Developing Successful Leaders,” “LEAN Manufacturing Tips & Tricks,” “OSHA Injury & Illness Electronic Record-keeping Requirements” and “Office Administration Solutions.” The morning’s event will conclude with a tour of MNTC’s newest labs and work spaces for programs like Welding, Precision Machining, Auto Service Technology and Electrical Apprentice. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit with instructors and students.
Moore Norman Technology Center does its part to lessen this national skills gap by producing qualified graduates in such programs as Precision Machining, Welding, Computer Aided Design & Drafting and Electrical Apprentice. MNTC training in these areas prepares students to sit for state or national certifications and increases their job prospects.
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.
According to the Manufacturing Day website mfgday.com, nine sites in Oklahoma have MFG Day events scheduled in October, with over 950 happening across the U.S. during the same month. The site also notes that with misconceptions about manufacturing, MFG Day is designed to empower manufacturers to address collective challenges, communicate what they do and help their communities and future generations support manufacturing in the U.S.
MNTC Precision Machining graduate Steven Dwyer is a U.S. Army Veteran who returned to the U.S. after suffering severe injuries while serving in Iraq. Once healed, he visited MNTC, met Precision Machining Instructor Tracy Jones and knew his future career as a machinist awaited him. After graduation he worked 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.”
To discover more about MNTC’s manufacturing education and certification opportunities visit the “Classes” section of mntc.edu or call 405-801-5000.
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