Hawkeye Celebrated Manufacturing Day with Students from Independence High School

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Monday, October 07, 2013

WATERLOO—Hawkeye celebrated Manufacturing Day on October 4 with students from Independence High School. Students learned about the high-demand career fields of computer numerical control (CNC) and welding. Jobs in both fields offer high earning potential with jobs found in the Independence and surrounding communities. Students had the opportunity to weld with the virtual welder and see the new 3D printer or additive manufacturing process in action.
Manufacturing Day is an effort of the National Association of Manufacturers to address common misperceptions about manufacturing.

According to Mike Ralston, president of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Advanced manufacturing jobs represent 14 percent of Iowa’s employment. Ralston stated, “We are working to build a positive public perception of these careers by addressing misconceptions about poor work environments, safety issues, and low wages. The truth is that advances in technology have changed the industry, transforming how manufacturing work is performed and created a demand for more and higher paid skilled workers. It’s big business for Iowa, and we need to spread the word.”