Nearly 80 Penn Manor High School students participated in field trips to manufacturing businesses Oct. 4 as part of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) activities.
MFG Day is a national event designed to spread the word to the next generation about the benefits of careers in manufacturing.
The Penn Manor students, mainly freshmen enrolled in applied engineering and agricultural education courses, visited High Steel Industries and Ultra Hurley Electronics.
At High Steel, students learned about such job opportunities as machine operator, production supervisor and maintenance supervisor. They also learned which skills—such as problem solving, critical thinking, math, writing, organization and communication —are critical to job success.
The group then toured the plant and saw how steel is processed, from its arrival on site via truck to packaging and shipping.
MFG Day provided students with an opportunity to network and experience industry before they take the next step, such as beginning an apprenticeship or looking for a job in a particular industry.
The field trips were designed to help students as they consider what career paths to pursue, said Jason D’Amico, assistant principal at Penn Manor High School.
“We value our relationship with local business and industry and appreciate the opportunity for our students to explore careers close to home,” he said.