Manufacturing has changed dramatically in recent generations and an upcoming event should get you up to speed on what to expect from a career in that field. Southern Tech will be opening their Engineering Technology Building on Thursday for their portion of MFG Day. More than 2,900 locations across North America have been holding events in recent weeks to promote manufacturing careers and the schools that are training a workforce for the evolving field.


Southern Tech program director Russell Keeton said his school’s event will not be a job fair, but rather a way for people to learn about the skills and education needed for a successful career in manufacturing. “It’s all about manufacturing and how manufacturing is not what it used to be,” he said on Tuesday.


“It’s high tech, requires a lot of education and a lot of brain power,” he said.


Keeton said that high school seniors will be bused in for the event to meet with representatives from 16 southern Oklahoma businesses. He said adults interested in learning about the job market are also invited. Information about Southern Tech classes, degrees and certifications will also be available to attendees.


According to the National Association of Manufacturers, who helps coordinate the nationwide MFG Day, 4.6 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled over the next decade. The annual event dates back to 2012. Last year, an estimated 275,000 people took part in MFG Day events in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.


Southern Tech’s MFG Day event will be on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m in the Engineering Technology Building.