The marine industry showcased career opportunities during Manufacturing Day with events across the country throughout the week of Oct. 4-13.
Volvo Penta of the Americas celebrated Manufacturing Day by hosting a group of students from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Va. The event was held in collaboration with the REECH Foundation as part of an ongoing partnership aimed at promoting science, technology, engineering, arts and math, or STEAM, in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia where Volvo Penta is based.
The agenda focused on introducing high school students to opportunities in the manufacturing industry, and provided a comprehensive overview of what Volvo Penta does.
Activities included a tour of Volvo Penta’s Chesapeake, Va., facilities, 3D printing demonstrations, explanations of how to measure torque and rotational speed of an engine in the dyno room, presentations about Volvo Penta’s shift into electro mobility, examples of how math closely corresponds to manufacturing, highlights of various career paths, and examples of career opportunities through the internship program.
“It’s critical to engage with students at the high school level as they begin thinking about their future career path,” Volvo Penta human resources vice president Valerie Harriell told Trade Only Today. “A key objective for Volvo Penta with this Manufacturing Day event, and during various initiatives throughout the year, is to shine a light into the competitive and rewarding opportunities available in the manufacturing industry.”
Correct Craft companies from Florida to California invited students to learn about manufacturing processes and opportunities in the industry.
Centurion and Supreme Boats partnered with the Merced County Office of Education who brought more than 30 local high school students to the factory. The Centurion and Supreme teams provided the students an opportunity to see first-hand how boats are built.
Bass Cat and Yar-Craft Boats partnered with local schools and hosted students at their factory for a comprehensive tour and informed them about careers in marine manufacturing.
Nautique Boats partnered with the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida to bring 24 students to the Nautique factory for an in-depth tour and panel presentation.
Pleasurecraft Engine Group partnered with the Newberry County Career Center to bring students to the factory for a tour of machining and production, and to learn more about careers in engine manufacturing.
SeaArk Boats will host students on Friday. They will learn how SeaArk boats are built and about the variety of careers available after they graduate.
“Every year our team gets excited to host students for Manufacturing Day,” said Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin in a statement. “Teaching students about the many opportunities manufacturing has to offer while showing them how much we believe in all our products is really rewarding.”
SureShade celebrated National Manufacturing Day and the grand opening of the company’s new, expanded 11,000-square-foot facility where it manufacturers SureShade sunshade systems for the outdoor recreation industry.
S2 Yachts also participated by hosting tours of its Tiara facility for students through its partnership with the Careerline Tech Center.
Brunswick will host tours of its New York Mills operation, where it builds Lund and Crestliner, on Thursday.