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OEMs offer students a look at marine industry careers

Students visited Correct Craft facilities as part of Manufacturing Day.

Students visited Correct Craft facilities as part of Manufacturing Day.

In an effort to draw more young people to the industry, several companies participated in Manufacturing Day events.

Correct Craft hosted events at several of its facilities. Nautique Boats partnered with the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida to bring Lake Nona High School students to the Nautique factory for an in-depth tour and presentation.

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“The kids were very excited to be with us and very engaged. They loved seeing the boats being built and our athletes using them,” Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin told Trade Only Today. “I met with them and encouraged them to be learners. The kids had there eyes opened to the wonderful opportunities in manufacturing.”

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Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers held an event for the second consecutive year, inviting more than 150 high school and college students to tour its facility in Indianapolis and engage in hands-on activities.

“They got to see the process, engage with prop builders and got some hands-on time,” general manager Jonathan Burns told Trade Only Today. “Several students got to inject a wax part and hand-grind a propeller. And every student, like last year, got to pour a metal key chain in the foundry.

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“We are working closely with local schools to get an after-school part-time program to assist students with their work-based learning credit, which is now required,” Burns said.

In the program, students are required to work, do a project or volunteer somewhere to graduate.

“We are probably going to hire four to six high school students to work part time doing some smaller jobs around the shop,” he said.

Bass Cat and Yar-Craft partnered with local schools and hosted students at their factory for a tour, according to a Correct Craft statement. The students got a firsthand look at some of the careers in marine manufacturing.

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Here’s a rundown of Correct Craft’s additional events:

  • Centurion and Supreme Boats partnered with the Merced County Office of Education, which brought local high school students to the factory.
  • Pleasurecraft Engine Group partnered with the Lexington Richland 5 Center for Advanced Technical Studies, which brought students to the factory to learn about careers in engine manufacturing. Pleasurecraft will host students from the Newberry Country Career Center next week.
  • SeaArk Boats partnered with local high schools and invited students in the agriculture/trade programs to the SeaArk factory for a tour.

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