A. O. Smith parts facility holds Manufacturing Day for high school students

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Franklin, Tenn.—Manufacturing Day is an event that is being promoted throughout the country to highlight careers in manufacturing. A. O. Smith’s main parts facility, APCOM, which is located in Franklin, Tenn. recently hosted Williamson County’s Fairview High School students during their Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2015. 

Nationally, Manufacturing Day is in its fourth year, and its mission is to “address common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is and what it isn’t,” according to the Manufacturing Day website.

MFG Day studentsAPCOM is in its first year participating in the event. They hosted Fairview High School, which has been focused on Mechatronics, a multidisciplinary field of engineering, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). APCOM staff took students on a tour of the manufacturing facility and spoke briefly about what they do and the career opportunities in their field.

“First and foremost, students can see that manufacturing continues to develop in technology, creating opportunities in a variety of fields,” said Bill Jacobs, APCOM’s director of operations.  “Secondly, they saw what we do as a manufacturing company, focusing on APCOM’s automation, product designs and our design/build of equipment. Thirdly, they learned about the opportunities we can offer as an employer.”

Manufacturing Day was brought about to address the concerns of low employment in the manufacturing field. Right now, around 80 percent of manufacturing jobs are held by workers age 45-65, according to the Manufacturing Day’s website.

“We are always in need of talented young individuals to fill positions related to the Mechatronics program,” said Jacobs. “We struggle to find technically qualified personnel in a very tight market. I am hopeful that these young men and women will become excited by what they see at APCOM and one day they become the future of the business.”

While this is the first time APCOM participated in Manufacturing Day, they hope it will become a yearly tradition to give students a look into the world of manufacturing.

“When this was brought up in the Williamson Economic Development meeting, we quickly jumped on board. The skills being taught at Fairview High School are the skills we need for APCOM’s future and continued success,” Jacobs concluded.

Manufacturing facilities are continuing to host events throughout the month of October, visit www.mfgday.com for more information.