South Bend, IN - October 6, 2017: Manufacturing Technology, Inc (MTI) opened its doors to area high schoolers in celebration of Manufacturing Day. The nation-wide event introduces the next generation of workers to high-skilled careers in modern manufacturing.
Students from Riley, Washington, and Adams High School attended the event, which was held at MTI’s world headquarters.
“Manufacturing Day is an investment,” said MTI President and CEO Dan Adams. “It’s a great way for us to inspire kids right here in the South Bend community. You walk through this plant, and it’s clean, it’s well lit, and it’s high tech. This is what manufacturing is today. We get to show the students all the cool things we’re doing.”
The day began with a welcome presentation given by Adams which highlighted the benefits of working in manufacturing.
Afterward, students rotated around five different staging areas.
Process engineer Zach Roelofs friction welded sample parts on a model 40 friction welder. The model 40 is the smallest inertia friction welder in the world.
“Which of you is the strongest?” asked Roelofs to the group of high schoolers, after explaining friction welding creates joints of forged quality.
Two Washington high school students wearing football jerseys raised their hands.
The two students were then challenged to snap the friction welded part in half.
“It can’t be done!” exclaimed one of the students after a seconds-long struggle.
Next, the future workforce toured the world’s largest linear friction welder, in terms of force capacity and tooling envelope, and one of the world’s largest inertia friction welders.
“Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity for area students to discover the high-tech things that are happening in their own communities,” said Adams. “Seeing them get excited about today’s high-tech manufacturing jobs is something that is very rewarding. It’s rewarding for us. And, it’s rewarding for the community”
This is the fourth year the South Bend region and MTI have participated in Manufacturing Day.
In addition to Manufacturing Day, MTI requires new hires across all departments to job shadow assemblers and machine operators on the shop floor.
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MTI has established itself as a leader in friction welding, including Rotary Friction, Linear Friction, and Friction Stir Welding technologies. In addition to contract manufacturing services, MTI has delivered machines to GE, Dana, Pratt and Whitney, Federal Mogul, Kolbenschmidt, and many of their tier one suppliers. A family owned business founded in 1926, MTI employs 185 people in their South Bend, United Kingdom, and Slovakia locations.