Launched annually on the first Friday in October, and with events continuing throughout the month, Manufacturing (MFG) Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. MFG Day, which officially kicks off this year on October 4, is a time for manufacturers to open their doors and open minds, to connect the future workforce to potential employers and to change the narrative around manufacturing. Last year, 275,000 people participated in nearly 3,000 MFG Day events across North America. To show how much the event has grown over the years, there were only 834 events held in 2013.

MFG Day, which was created by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, aims to showcase the diverse career opportunities available in the manufacturing industry and connect with America’s future workforce – students. Across the country, manufacturers will be hosting students of all ages in their facilities. In 2018, more than 80% of students said they became more convinced that manufacturing provides interesting and rewarding careers after attending these events. MFG Day is organized by The Manufacturing Institute, which is the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers. The institute drives programs and research to raise awareness, change perceptions about manufacturing and help students translate skills learned in a classroom into fulfilling career opportunities. Learn more and find an event at