Manufacturing is very much alive and kicking! Max S. Hayes High School students found that out on Friday, October 2nd, when they attended the local Rockwell Automation National Manufacturing Day event in Twinsburg, Ohio. The company continues seeking to fill the job skills gap for the next generation of manufacturing and automation workers through events and education, with hands-on manufacturing activities, and manufacturing line tours.
Thirteen students and three instructors from WIRE-Net, a non-profit organization focused on improving the community through nurturing manufacturing, attended this year’s event, hosted by a cross-campus group of employees from the Mayfield Village, Mayfield Heights, and Twinsburg locations.
Students heard first-hand from Plant Manager German Mendez Lozada and Production Manager Tanya Chambers about real-world manufacturing jobs. In addition to the manufacturing line tours lead by Rockwell Production System/Continuous Improvement Manager Brian McCaffrey, students participated in a hands-on manufacturing challenge, programmed robots, and saw how Rockwell Automation products power a bike that aids patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Junior Jordan Thomas is in the CNC Precision Machining Trade program at Max S. Hayes and said, “I really liked programming the robots. I didn’t expect that manufacturing would have so much to do with technology.”
WIRE-Net Workforce Development Coordinator Gilbert Ruiz, said, “Our job is to strengthen the field of manufacturing in Northeast Ohio. One way is to develop a stream of qualified workers and we do this through career and technical education at Max S. Hayes High School. The students get practical, hands-on experience in labs but they don’t get to interface with real manufacturing workers. We loved this! We really appreciated the one-on-one attention by the Rockwell employees. We absolutely would participate again next year!”
Rockwell Automation advocates smart manufacturing and is working to develop a plan to keep U.S. manufacturing competitive well into the future, and hopefully, that includes many of the young people that have participated in National Manufacturing Day events around the country. Rockwell Automation is the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation, making customers more productive and the world more sustainable.