Throughout the year, DMI invites local high schools to tour facilities and learn about career opportunities in manufacturing. The tour includes a look at how automation is changing the industry and creating more advanced technology career opportunities, as well as time for Q&A with staff.
National Manufacturing Day is an annual one-day event that DMI participates in each October. The agenda consists of a plant tour, hands-on activities that exemplify the type of manufacturing work students can perform within their field of interest, and in-depth discussions with DMI employees about their roles. Participants learn about the potential career paths at DMI and steps they can take toward their career goals. For Manufacturing Day in 2018, Westmoreland County Community College was on-site to conduct a robotics activity and talk with students interested in pursuing college/skills training after high school. DMI received positive feedback from attendees, with many students expressing strong interest in job-shadowing, co-op/internships, or post-graduate employment at DMI.
DMI participates in Bots IQ, an educational robotics competition for high school students in southwestern Pennsylvania. It provides students with a unique, hands-on experience exploring the possibilities of a career in manufacturing and other related STEM fields. The program connects industry advisors to local area high schools, and together they design, build and battle their robot creations. For DMI, the program often results in students being hired for co-op or internship opportunities and/or direct hires.
Catalyst Connection Video Contest
DMI participates in a contest for middle school students run by Catalyst Connection that encourages early exposure to manufacturing. The theme of the contest is “What’s So Cool about Manufacturing?” The competition is student-driven and begins with a tour of a manufacturing facility that students then turn into a video to showcase their perspective of what makes manufacturing stand out. DMI has hosted students on their site for the past 3 years; for more information click here.
Student Powered Solutions Initiative
DMI also participates in the Consortium for Public Education’s Student Powered Solutions initiative, working with student teams to develop solutions for real-time corporate challenges. This creative exercise serves to generate interest in both business and manufacturing and offers real-world examples of ways young people can exercise their cognitive and academic skills. Students take on the role of business consultants, doing research, gathering data, engineering solutions and even designing, building and testing prototypes. Teachers serve as a facilitators.