Manufacturing Week at a Glance
WHAT is Manufacturing Day (Week)?An annual event that occurs on the first Friday of October, Manufacturing Day is an occasion during which
North American manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers.
WHEN does Manufacturing Day/Week happen?
This year, "Manufacturing Day" falls on Friday, October 2, 2015. However, West Michigan manufacturers will be celebrating for the week beginning September 28 through October 2, 2015.
WHERE do Manufacturing Day/Week events occur? A schedule of planned actvities in West Michigan will be found on this page as they are developed. However, Manufacturing Day events occur at various manufacturing facilities and educational institutions across North America. Events in everyone’s local community can be found on the Manufacturing Day website’s “Attend an Event” page: www.mfgday.com/events
WHY is there a Manufacturing Day/Week?
Modern manufacturing environments are commonly thought of as dark, dangerous factories designed for low-skilled workers. Manufacturing Day addresses this misperception by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing really is today:
• Manufacturing is technologically advanced, with ample use of automation, 3-D printing, robots, and screen technology.
• The annual average salary of manufacturing workers is more than $77,000.
• Manufacturers have the highest job tenure in the private sector.
• 90 percent of manufacturing workers have medical benefits.
WHO should attend Manufacturing Day events?
Manufacturing Day events are meant for anyone who is curious about modern manufacturing and who would like to know more about what happens in modern-day manufacturing facilities. Audiences include students, parents, educators, media, civic leaders, and local communities in general.
Please return to this page in August 2015 for a schedule of events located in West Michigan.
Michigan Works! Muskegon-Oceana Terrace Plaza location is shown in this file photo. (Stephen Kloosterman|MLive)
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on March 23, 2015 at 5:31 AM, updated March 23, 2015 at 5:35 AM
MUSKEGON, MI - The Michigan Works! Office in Muskegon used to help employers screen crowds of applicants for just a few jobs, but improved economic conditions are changing that.
"Over the last year, really, we've seen this big switch. We said we have got to switch what our operations are," said Brittany Lenertz, spokeswoman for Michigan Works! Muskegon-Oceana. "Employers across the board are not getting as many applications."
That's why Michigan Works! Muskegon-Oceana starting on Tuesday, March 24 is inviting job seekers to events where they can learn more about the companies who are doing the hiring.
The first Meet the Employer session will take place with Challenge Manufacturing at 1:30 Tuesday, March 24 in the Terrace Plaza building, 316 Morris Ave. The event is free, but registration is required.
If people like what they hear, they can apply for the jobs right at the Michigan Works! Office. Michigan Works! Staff will be available to help with applications.
"Many people don't know who is hiring or assume they know what a company does or how they do it," Sonya Barrett, Business Services Manager for Michigan Works! Muskegon-Oceana. "That's not always the case. These companies have a lot of great opportunities to offer, and we want to make sure the public knows about that."
Future employers include Mercy Health, Scherdel Sales & Technology, DaySpring Services, Alcoa Howmet, Structural Concepts, ADAC Automotive, Port City Group, and Hilite International.
To register for the Meet the Employer event, call 231.724.8891.
Job of the week
The Port City Group in Muskegon has posted a job opening for an Industrial Robot Programmer.
The "ideal candidate must have five years minimum experience with programming of robots in an industrial production environment," according to the advertisement. The ideal candidate must also have experience troubleshooting the program and the robots electronically and mechanically.
Search more job openings in Muskegon and across the state here.
In other news, the local unemployment rate still looks healthy
Muskegon County unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in January, according to state analysts in the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget.
That number - not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations - slightly from last month but up 2.4 percentage points compared to one year ago, January 2014, when the unemployment rate was 8.9 percent. That's a bigger jump than the state average took and more than in Grand Rapids did during the same period of time.
The Muskegon Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses Muskegon County, has seen job levels rise by 1,800 or 3 percent, with the majority of that increase reported in the service providing sector.
The state keeps record of jobs data for the Muskegon-Norton Shores statistical area, which encompasses Muskegon County. Local jobless rates come from surveys of households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and don't reflect the percentage of people applying for jobless benefits. Jobs numbers come from a separate census survey of businesses in the area.
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Modern Manufacturing Day 8:30 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Bridging the gap between school and careers
What is the purpose of Modern Manufacturing Day?
Modern Manufacturing Day (MMD) has been designed to help employers connect
with future generations and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry.
Who can participate?
Area manufacturers are encouraged to attend the event. The day will consist of
two sessions (8:30–10:30 a.m. and 12:00–2:00 p.m.). Participating companies will
be provided with a display table to promote their business. A catered lunch will be
provided to participating companies.
Who will attend?
Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) students enrolled in classes related
to the Engineering, Manufacturing, and Industrial Technologies (EMIT) will be in
attendance. Local districts have also been invited to bring their interested students.
MACTC students will be encouraged to bring their resumes and portfolios.
How to Sign Up
If your business would like to participate, please contact MACTC Placement
Specialist Sasamon Parker at email@example.com or (231) 767-3607
There has been some confusion regarding whether students can take a pretest. Pretesting is allowed if the pretest is a different assessment than the post test. Please note the following guidelines:
Marketing Assessment – pretesting is allowed
The pretest can be ordered via NOCTI’s online order form. Although the pretesting order deadline is November 30, districts may request an extension to this deadline (until December 31) when ordering the pretest. Please select pretest code 8440.
NOCTI Assessments - pretesting is not allowed
General Management Pathway
Accounting-Advance Job Ready
Criminal Justice Job Ready
ALL ASE Assessments – pretesting is allowed
Please contact ASE for additional information and purchasing of the pretest.
Precision Exams – Health Assessment – pretesting is allowed
Please see attached NCHSE Information Sheet from Precision Exams.
Pearson – Professional Readiness Exam
Pretesting guidelines are established by the Office of Professional Preparation Services.
If you additional questions, please contact Joseph Polasek at Polasekj3@michigan.gov or Valerie Felder firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Valerie Felder:
The conference call today has been cancelled. We are currently experiencing problems with A T & T. The conference call will be rescheduled when these issues have been resolved.
Please call Valerie Felder at 517-335-1066 or email her at email@example.com if you have questions.
On Thursday, October 16, 2014, from 5-7 p.m., learn why the MACTC is the Center for high school juniors and seniors to receive academic and career training, job placement, and college prep. Witness demonstrations in our modern facility, learn how to earn FREE college credit, meet college reps, and enjoy refreshments prepared by our own culinary students. Middle school students are also encouraged to attend.
Muskegon Area Career Tech Center
200 Harvey St.
Muskegon, MI 49442