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Manufacturing experience outside the classroom

NPHS students tour manufacturing facilities to get hands on experience

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NPHS celebrating Manufacturing Day by touring local manufacturing facilities

NPHS celebrating Manufacturing Day by touring local manufacturing facilities

NPHS celebrating Manufacturing Day by touring local manufacturing facilities

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On Friday October 2nd, 60 students from North Penn’s Technology and Engineering program celebrated Manufacturing Day by visiting two manufacturing facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania– MK Precision of Warminster, and ACME Corrugated Boxes of Horsham. According to MFGDAY.COM, Manufacturing Day:
addresses 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. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

One of the facilities toured by NPHS to celebrate Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2015,

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One of the facilities toured by NPHS to celebrate Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2015,

Students from the Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Digital Electronics courses, both second level courses which exist in the Engineering Academy at North Penn, saw what modern day manufacturing looks like in the United States. Arriving at each facility, students were broken into smaller groups and escorted around each facility. The private tours included topics on lean manufacturing, customer oriented thinking, quality control, and continuous improvement.

 
Students were stunned at how clean the facilities were, breaking down a stigma that a job in the manufacturing field is dirty. Wow, were they wrong! MK Precision’s facility was so well lit and clean that you could eat off the floor.

NPHS students receive hands on- up close experience from the field in the world of manufacturing,

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NPHS students receive hands on- up close experience from the field in the world of manufacturing,

Many students were also amazed how passionate the companies were in providing high quality products to their customers. Both ACME and MK Precision’s employees exuded excitement and genuine qualities that would make you want to work there.

 
North Penn is extremely grateful for the opportunity these places provided and looks forward to not only to return again next year, but also implement the real-world work and apply the classroom theory that is sometimes tough to see without a field trip.

 
You can read more about these companies and more on their websites:
http://www.acmebox.com/

http://www.mkprecision.com/

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