Atlas Pressed Metals, a producer of Powder Metallurgy parts based in DuBois, Pennsylvania, USA, has been working to promote job awareness in manufacturing through participation in this year’s US National Manufacturing Day, held on Oct. 5. Atlas was one of ten manufacturers on-hand at Penn State DuBois, offering an insight into Powder Metallurgy process and the skills needed for a career in PM to around 200 visiting university and high school students.
Sponsored by the Manufacturers Extension Partnership (MEP), a US federal program offered through the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, Manufacturing Day is an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase how things are made, and the various jobs available in manufacturing; it’s intended to “energise the future pipeline” of skilled workers, according to the MEP’s website.
Craig Stringer, Ph.D. Materials Science, and Senior Metallurgical Engineer at Atlas, along with Marty Timm, Atlas Manufacturing Manager, discussed the Powder Metallurgy manufacturing process with the students. They also brought along a collaborative robot to show the students how humans work together in an automated manufacturing setting.
“We always try to build some excitement into our display to draw attention to our booth, but our message is aimed to get students to think about careers in manufacturing,” stated Erin Heath, Business Development Manager at Atlas Pressed Metals. “Skilled laborers, technicians, engineers, and specialised and experienced operators are in high demand. The work is rewarding, and the pay is competitive in this region. There are great jobs available in manufacturing.”