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About The
INSTITUTE

Participants experience a 3-week program that covers all aspects of production and manufacturing. 

We deliver an intensive team-based opportunity that lets them understand the inner workings of the business, production, operations, sales, and more.

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OUR STORY

The Production and Manufacturing Institute began with a vision - to inspire young men and women to become inspired as they explore the thrill of careers in advanced manufacturing. 

We know that manufacturing is awesome. America was built on inventiveness, entrepreneurship, and a spirit driven by building things. Our ability to create sets us apart as a country, and many kids can succeed in careers where they can be inventive, and productive, and do things with their hands. 

Unfortunately, we do not have enough programs to provide immersive experiences that allow kids to learn about these opportunities. We talk about advanced manufacturing, but until kids see and feel they can "do cool stuff," they'll never know just what is possible. 

The Institute is built around the opportunity to expose high school kids to endless possibilities in the trades. We cannot make them better technicians in just 3 weeks. However, they will gain new skills as we teach them about functions related to the entire operation from the customer through design, planning, production, quality, marketing, sales, distribution, and customer service. 

They also gain strengths in teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, hard work, and more. This life-changing opportunity allows us to let kids be kids as they dive in, get stuff done, and experience what it's like to be in a real work environment, making real products and having a real manufacturing experience. 

Our Mission

The

Mission of the Manufacturing Institute

includes:

  • Expose youth to careers in the trades.

  • Simulate real work experiences to help students explore career opportunities

  • Help youth prepare for the workforce.

Our Values

Hard Work

Participants work hard, play hard, and GSD ("get stuff done"). We count on each person to do their part.

Presence

The most successful people arrive early, work their entire shift, and focus on doing a good job throughout the day.

Teachability

Feedback is a gift. Use feedback to learn how to improve each day and continuously implement changes.

Resilience

Work is hard. The world is hard. Our program simulates real work, real problems, and real life. Students must be resilient and "stick with it" when things get tough.

Adaptability

The "unexpected" is expected in manufacturing. Things happen, and you must be ready to pivot and figure it out.

Teamwork

Teams are essential to success. You are expected to get along with others and be a contributing part of the team.

Inquiry

You can find the solution to almost any problem. The greatest challenge is framing and asking the right question.

Respect

Treat others BETTER than you expect to be treated. It's the "Platinum Rule." Anything less will not be tolerated.

Personal Leadership

Life Isn’t Fair - It's what you make it. We all start in different places, but you decide where and how far you go.

Profitability

A business that doesn’t make a profit is called a hobby. Profits allow companies to do more. We will be profitable.

Quality

How we do anything is how we do everything. What we say, do, and make reflects who we are.

Commitment

If you're part of the program, you commit to our values. If not, you're encouraged to consider a better-suited program.

Attitude

We want you to want to work and love what you do. Attitude largely defines your experience, relations, performance, and outcomes.

Our Goals

Support the Future Workforce

We build critical skills and abilities of tomorrow's employees.

Exploration

Participants work hard, play hard, and GSD ("get stuff done"). We count on each person to do their part to achieve team goals. 

Experience

The most successful arrive early (early is "on time"), stay until the end of the shift, and focus on their work the entire day. 

Interest

Feedback is a gift. Use feedback to learn how to improve each day continuously and implement changes immediately. 

Career Alignment

Work is hard. The world is hard. Our program simulates real work, real problems, and real expectations. Students must be resilient and "stick with it" when it gets tough.

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Download Our New Guide!

Check out our new booklet - "Experience Manufacturing." It outlines the Institute, its background, the program's impact, and how we plan to grow. This 28-page guide shares more details about where we've been and where we're going to help better prepare high school graduates for their future. 

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Overview

  • 3-Week Program Exploring Manufacturing Careers 

  • High School Credit 

  • Stipend for Full Completion 

  • Exclusive Tours of Manufacturing Facilities

  • Design, Create, Manufacture & Sell Products

  • See, Learn, and Do Every Step of the Process 

  • Mentor with Engineers, Welders, Designers & More!

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Some Areas Covered

  • Product Development

  • Product Design & Basic Drafting

  • Shop Production

  • Intro to Engineering in Production

  • Production Planning

  • Demand Management

  • Quality and Process Improvement

  • Customers - How to Find Them

  • Sales & Marketing Your Products

  • Intro to Welding, Machining, & More

 

Your team will design, make, and sell products from start to finish...all while learning how manufacturing is done in different environments. 

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Other Perks

  • Visit local manufacturers to see how they do things

  • Introduction to Welding  

  • Hear from experts in their fields.

  • Sales events!! See the result of your hard work.

  • Free t-shirts, takeaways, and lots of food.

  • Stipend for successful program completion. 

What It Is, What We Do

Simulate Real Manufacturing

The Institute is designed to simulate the manufacturing experience. Our goal is to expose students to careers, companies, and experiences within the trades that can let them see if this is the industry for them. We provide a hands-on environment where participants work in teams, develop products, manufacture a product line, and sell to real customers - just like a real company. 

 

Looking for the Interested

This program is designed for those who are exploring career options. Those students who already know they want a career in the trades and have taken a few years of shop or similar classes will not gain as much value from the program. Likewise, those who are just looking for something to do or who see this as an opportunity to earn some money but have no interest in fully participating in the program have not been successful in the past. 

Three Weeks of Learning and Work

Three weeks is not long to pack in all that we have. Learning is fast, and expectations are high. We recognize that many do not have a background in the trades and we help them learn essential skills.  At the same time, we know the fastest way to learn is by doing, so we expect participants to "learn as they go." This requires listening, learning, responding to feedback, applying what they learn, learning from mistakes, and continuously improving. 

We provide some instruction, but we also leave a lot of the learning to the individuals and teams. Instructors and guides provide some explanation and demonstration, and then guide and enable participants to achieve success. As they work together as a team to plan, organize, solve problems, and produce, participants gain first-hand experience. 

 

Real Work

The program provides instruction from industry professionals. From there, students are given products to design (or refine), manufacture, and sell. The best understanding of the industry comes by experiencing the full cycle from ideas to products to the final sale. 

Teams are given quotas to fill. As they work toward them, they apply production standards such as quality, lean manufacturing, and continuous improvement. Just like the real world, things happen. There are change orders, supply issues, increases to quotas, and more that are given to students that they must work through - all within the same deadlines. (Just like the real world!)

Because of the tight deadlines, production demands, and sales requirements, everyone on the team is expected to do their part. Full attendance and engagement are required to make it work. As goals are met, points are earned, and rewards are accumulated. 

Real Work Environments

Along the way, we expose students to different manufacturers. We go to multiple sites for tours and discussions about how they do things and the career opportunities available. This helps participants see manufacturing in action and in different capacities. 

Recognition

At the end of the program, we recognize students for their hard work. Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion, a stipend, and CTE credit. The full graduation ceremony acknowledges their hard work and achievement. 

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