Students: The Future of Manufacturing

The Beaumont School team (L-R), Molly Cogan, Ana Maria Vargas, Julie Schiffer and Alyssa Muttillo, were successful at the 2015 National Robotics League Grand Championship. Like many students, they could be a part of manufacturing's future workforce. (Photo Credit:

How many career options promise reduced college debt, above-average salary, high-tech facilities, and a wide societal impact? Careers in manufacturing provide opportunities for engaging, rewarding, and far-reaching work.

One of the biggest challenges in the manufacturing world today is conveying the benefits of manufacturing jobs to current students – a message necessary for increasing interest and closing the skills gap in the manufacturing sector.

As a partner of Ohio Dream It. Do It., MAGNET works to connect current manufacturers and educators with students interested in the manufacturing field, with the goal of engaging and inspiring the next generation.

A great example of MAGNET’s work was showcased at the National Robotics League’s recent competition on May 15th-16th at Baldwin Wallace University. In this competition, Beaumont School tied for first place in the “Best Engineered Robot” competition.

What does this have to do with our work? In the process of designing their robot, the Beaumont robotics team needed guidance and access to manufacturing parts.

The team reached out to us, and we in turn introduced the team to Talan Products. Talan, a metal stamping and manufacturing company, mentored and supported the team as it developed its robot.

The resulting product, needless to say, was innovative and impressive. We’d like to congratulate the Beaumont robotics team on their work – they should be proud of their accomplishments.

MAGNET’s interaction with Beaumont students and Talan Products illustrates the important role we play in engaging manufacturers and students. The best way for students to discover their passion for manufacturing is through hands-on work, and the best way for them to access hands-on work is by interacting with established manufacturers.

It works the other way, too: established manufacturers gain talented and committed students who will enter their field by allowing them to experience the job firsthand. As the “middle man,” MAGNET creates the bonds between manufacturers and prospective students which will support a thriving manufacturing sector as students enter the workforce.

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