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Lean-Driven Innovation Presentation at Century College

October 20, 2016

Celebrate Manufacturing Month at Century College on Thursday, October 20, 2016 by attending a presentation about Lean-Driven Innovation.

Lean process expert Norbert Majerus will be speaking about why innovation is important, how lean thinking can jump-start innovation, what lean principles apply to innovation creation processes, and how a lean transformation can be started at your company.

A tour of Century College's Fab Lab will follow the presentation.

Manufacturing Month Presentation

This event will take place at 2pm on Thursday, October 20, 2016 on the Lincoln Mall at Century College's East Campus.

Find more information and campus maps at the Century College website.


What Will You Discover? Manufacturing Day 2016

October 4, 2016

Manufacturing Day is a growing grassroots movement of manufacturers dedicated to overcoming the shared challenges facing manufacturers today. The most pressing issue is a gap in skilled labor. 80 percent of manufacturers cannot find the skilled workers they need. This gap continues to widen. Manufacturers’ ability to address this issue has been hindered by the public perception that careers in manufacturing are undesirable and by the lack of sufficient preparatory education. Both of these problems stem from a lack of understanding of present-day manufacturing environments, which are highly technical.



Manufacturing Day gives manufacturers an opportunity to raise and address these issues by simply exhibiting what they do to visitors who are curious about manufacturing. The official celebration date is always the first Friday in October, but as more states declare October as Manufacturing Month, many events are scheduled throughout the month. Thousands of manufacturers across the nation participate in Manufacturing Day by hosting open houses, public tours, career workshop and other events. They are joined by community and technical colleges that host similar event to showcase their facilities and course offerings that lead to well-paid, in-demand manufacturing careers. Through this collective effort, Manufacturing Day draws public attention to manufacturing’s present-day reality and encourages job seekers to develop the skills they need to qualify for long-term careers in this secure and growing sector of the economy.

Attend a tour near you to discover what manufacturing is all about!



Statewide Tour of Manufacturing

September 30, 2016

Each October, manufacturers and colleges across the state open their doors to provide students, parents, and the public the chance to learn about modern manufacturing. The Dream It. Do It. Minnesota Statewide Tour of Manufacturing gives participants the opportunity to see how modern manufacturing is high-tech and innovative, and how STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills are put into practice every day in manufacturing.

Tours take place throughout the month of October, however most tours will occur during Minnesota Manufacturing Week, October 2-8.

Tour of Manufacturing

Every year, tour participants have their eyes opened to just how amazing modern manufacturing is in Minnesota. Participants also learn about the many different careers in manufacturing.

In fact, according to the results from the 2015 Statewide Tour of Manufacturing post-event event survey:

  • 83% of those who attended said they were interested in manufacturing careers.
  • 90% were more aware of manufacturing careers.
  • 80% thought manufacturing careers were “good.”

The Statewide Tour of Manufacturing is FREE to host and FREE to attend!

Building a Workforce, One Student at a Time

September 21, 2016


According to the Star Tribune, state manufacturers are reporting difficulty in hiring for two-thirds of available jobs and the challenge has become training and recruiting. Ideally, employers say, students should train on state-of-the-art equipment and sometimes on specific brands of machinery. And schools should have close relationships with employers.

Star Tribune Manufacturing Article

Read the full Star Tribune article: Minnesota Manufacturers Look for Personal Touch to Fill Jobs

AWS Weld Quality Clinic at Saint Paul College

September 13, 2016

Experienced production welders, welding supervisors, and managers:

Attend a customized four-hour interactive seminar that provides attendees the knowledge and skills to consistently make quality welds per American Welding Society’s AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code for steel and MIL STD 248. Participants can then test for AWS D1.1 during the afternoon for the cost of $200 which includes the test and test coupon. Successful completers will be certified - not just qualified - to AWS D1.1. The Weld Quality clinic will focus on MIG welding and participants will be provided with practice and test coupons. A 3/8” plate will be used which will certify participants for 1/8” up to 3/4”. A Saint Paul College Welding Lab will be used for the testing.


AWS Weld Quality Clinic

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Participants will be able to test in one of 3 positions:
• Flat
• Horizontal (will qualify them for Flat and Horizontal)
• Vertical Up (will certify them in all 3 positions)


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