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Holly Henschen, Editor
When you ask a 12 year old what they want to be when they grow up, how many of them say, “A mechanical engineer”?
Apparently, not enough. The latest data shows that 600,000 U.S.
manufacturing jobs sit unfilled. As a result, manufacturers of food,
packaging and manufacturing equipment can’t operate at peak efficiency. Talent is scarce, but it can be cultivated to close that gap.
Recently, I got the chance to hear participants in PMMI’s jumPPstart
initiative passionately expound their experiences at a recent press
event. Regional chapters of jumPPstart (the P’s stand for “Packaging”
and “Processing”) collaborate with local schools and find ways to pique
kids’ interest in technology. Science and math, foundations of the STEM
education model, are critical elements in the engineering that makes manufacturing possible.
Brian Ormanic is a chapter lead for jumPPstart Chicago. He’s also an application engineer at ARPAC,
a packaging machinery manufacturing and service organization in Schiller Park, Ill. This brave man
escorted a group of grade schoolers to the Museum of Science and Industry for a personal tour of the
ToyMaker 3000. Ormanic helped design the automated exhibit that creates and packages brightly colored spinning tops right before visitors’ eyes. As the kids, including his twin boys, oohed and ahhed at
the manufacturing process on display before them, they also absorbed the fun, interesting possibilities
available through math and science. Ormanic said he invites school groups to ARPAC for tours to give
students of all ages a first-hand view of the world of manufacturing.
The path from grade school to working age can be a fast track to an uncertain future for some.
“If we don’t pay attention to the kids, if we don’t give them an opportunity, there’s only two paths
where they’ll go,” said Mike Brancato, president at KHS USA Inc., a Germany-based manufacturer of
filling and packaging equipment, at the event. One path, he said is low-wage work, like fast food. The
other is incarceration.
“If you don’t pay attention to kids at a young age, the path is going to be relatively clear,”
KHS developed a four-year work study program for high school students. Participants work one
school day a week throughout their high school careers. Upon completing the program and graduating
from high school, students are qualified to work as entry level service technicians at KHS. They’re also
eligible for employment with manufacturers like Coca-Cola and Miller. KHS covers tuition and fees for
the completed program. If students drop out, they’re responsible for those costs.
Investing in children and guiding them toward engineering careers is imperative to national progress,
Brancato said, as China and Germany are educating students in a similar manner.
“If we don’t invest in programs like jumPPstart, we [the U.S.] will fail,” Brancato said.
Matt Jones, an engineer at Dorner Manufacturing Corp., is active in jumPPstart in Southeast
Wisconsin, which has partnered with Project Lead the Way. The non-profit builds course curriculum for
students from Kindergarten through senior year of high school. The material emphasizes fun, education,
exposure to technology and its relevance to their daily lives and future careers.
“[Schools are] where we’re going to draw employees from in the near future,” Jones said.
So where’s your workforce coming from? Why not start scouting now? ◆
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