Manufacturing Day inspires next generation of region’s manufacturers
Story by James Hill. Photos by Ric Getter.
It was an exciting day of innovation and discovery in the heart of Oregon’s manufacturing hub!
Portland Community College and the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) teamed up with industry and education partners for the annual “Manufacturing Day” on Oct. 6. This was an open house-style event in celebration of all things manufacturing. Activities included tour of a U.S. Army helicopter for students to inspect and touch controls, making it a popular attraction.
With over 300 students from the region participating, this is Oregon’s largest annual manufacturing awareness event of its kind. Partners ranged from local companies like Malarkey Roofing Products to global players like Sandvik Coromant. They all came together to bridge the skills gap and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.
Held at both PCC’s Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Training Center and the OMIC Research and Development Center in Scappoose, high schoolers across the region were introduced to an eye-opening experience. Attendees witnessed live demonstrations of 3D printing, laser cutting, and virtual welding. But it was not just a spectator sport; hands-on activities ignited curiosity and creativity, providing insights into the latest opportunities in advanced manufacturing.
Lean more about the OMIC Training Center at https://www.pcc.edu/locations/columbia-county/