Students touring a manufacturing plant


To excite America’s youth about the incredible career pathways that modern manufacturing offers, we must increase awareness and change misperceptions about the industry through exposure to hands-on experiences and engaging content.

The Manufacturing Institute’s student engagement initiatives aim to hone STEM skills, introduce students to career pathways in modern manufacturing, and correct misperceptions about these careers by providing educational tools and experiences to youth, parents and teachers.

This work is achieved through several key initiatives: Creators Wanted, MFG Day, youth-facing content focused on learning more about manufacturing careers, activities and programs, content and channel partnerships, as well as the STEM Careers Coalition.

Creators Wanted

Creators Wanted is an unprecedented national effort to build the modern manufacturing workforce of tomorrow.



Held on the first Friday in October with events that continue throughout the month, MFG Day is manufacturing’s biggest annual event in which thousands of manufacturers open their doors to students and their influencers for an inside look at modern manufacturing and the exciting career opportunities that the industry offers.


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Youth Engagement

In addition to hands-on experiences, The Manufacturing Institute produces and promotes content that empowers America’s youth to get a closer look at modern manufacturing careers and companies across the country and encourages STEM skills.