Opening Our Doors for Manufacturing Day

Opening Our Doors for Manufacturing Day

Students learn about injection molding on MFG Day

PMT’s Manufacturing Engineering Manager explains the injection molding process to a group of student visitors.

Plastic Molding Technology held its 5th annual Manufacturing Day event on October 5, hosting over 100 students and teachers in our facility. We had visits from two local high school groups, along with the University of Texas at El Paso’s APICS student chapter. Visitors saw modern plastics manufacturing in action, embarking on a full plant tour of our operation—from the engineering department, to the production floor, to the tool room and the quality lab. Our guests also had hands-on experience with PMT’s Baxter robot in an activity led by our Automation Apprentice. PMT showed students different career paths in manufacturing, and explained our internship and apprenticeship programs.

This year, we joined over 2,700 American manufacturers opening their doors for MFG Day 2018—including 10 other El Paso/Juarez area businesses. This increase in participation and exposure is important for the students in our borderplex area—and for the manufacturing industry as a whole! We hope to see some of our student visitors back at PMT as interns or apprentices in the coming year.

Manufacturing Day is an annual event that addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing. According to mfgday.com, this day gives manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is—and what it isn’t. By opening our doors, the MFG Day initiative will begin to address the skilled labor shortage, connect with the next generation, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the prosperity of the industry. MFG Day is produced by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).