Since 2012, Manufacturing Day has been showcasing the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.

The 2019 Manufacturing Day fell on Friday, October 4, 2019 and to capture a fragment of the day’s activities, AMBayArea Executive Director James Gardner chaperoned factory tours at Urban Bloc, Make.Work.Space., and 3D Fab Light. Students and teachers were exposed to a plan for custom built shipping containers, a computer controlled 3D cutting machine, and samples of laser-cut metals.

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Scandic Springs opened its doors to local San Leandro and San Lorenzo High Schools for a tour of their production floor. The students saw a variety of techniques used, including coiling (turning wires into coils) and progressive die stamping (turn a metal sheet into its final form by cutting and folding over several steps).

In collaboration with the Oakland Unified School District, a group of eight manufacturers and Laney College held their MFG Day event on Thursday, November 14, and over 150 students experienced their own slice of the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturers: AB&I Foundry, OCHO Candy, Everett Graphics, Creative Wood Products, Nor Cal Metals Fabrication, Make.Work.Space., Rainin, and Key Source International.

High Schools: Castlemont, Fremont, Dewey, Oakland High, McClymonds, Lighthouse, UFSA, Metwest, MPA, Skyline, and Oakland Tech.

Students gained exposure to the art and science of manufacturing. They learned about the rapidly evolving world of manufacturing careers, where craft and technology continue to blend to add value to raw materials.