National Manufacturing Day isn't officially until October 4th, but HPI decided to celebrate a couple of days early. HPI held a MFG Day event for local students and educators where they were welcome to come into the shop, take a tour, ask some questions and see what goes on behind the doors of HPI on a day to day basis. Over 70 students from area schools came through our doors to see what goes on behind the scenes at HPI. Tours were given by employees that are currently going through the apprentice program as well as a few other full-time employees. Students were encouraged to ask any and all questions they had regarding the industry and what it is like to work within it.
Stops on the tour included: the shop floor, saw area, CAD/CAM room, sand printing room, sand cleaning room, benching and rigging area and the quality lab. There was also a stop at a foundry that was up and running. Students got to watch as a real 3D printed sand mold got molten metal poured into it. Once the mold was cooled down a bit, it was broke open to reveal a gargoyle casting.
The students toured the facility for about an hour and a half and then ended their tour with pizza and a MFG Day/Hoosier Pattern t-shirt. We take pride in doing everything we can to make sure that future generations see what goes on within our industry. We will always encourage students and schools to make sure students are exposed to skilled trades and will do everything in our power to make sure they have the opportunities to tour our job shadow any of the positions in our shop. It was a successful Manufacturing Day event and we look forward to future ones!
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