The first Friday in October is National Manufacturing Day. This day recognizes the importance of manufacturing to the global economy and spotlights career opportunities in modern manufacturing for students.

Take a minute to enjoy this photo album from the event featuring SAS CEO Jim Goodnight, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, manufacturing leaders and the many children, high school and college students who enjoyed the large tractors and trucks!

“There is great potential for growth and progress, especially when you bring analytics knowledge and tech experience to this critical sector. A sector that is not only critical at a global level but also right here in North Carolina.”
– SAS CEO Jim Goodnight

Take you for a ride on my big green tractor

John Deere had an exhibit in the Manufacturing and Technology in Action segment of the event highlighting “Maximizing Value with Analytics,” in which they showed their fully autonomous self-driving tractor, which was a huge hit with attendees and children.

Life is a highway

Mack Trucks presented on “IoT-Enabled Predictive Maintenance” by highlighting their 100%-electric refuse truck. Attendees were able to take a peek at the future of trucking.

What we’ve been able to do working with Mack Trucks is leverage that massive amount of data in the truck – hundreds of sensors constantly generating data, providing insight into the status and state of a vehicle. But the critical part is then transmitting that back to a hub where you have an entire team of people that are evaluating that information.
– Jason Mann, VP, Internet of Things, SAS

Manufacturing for all

A key distinguisher of this event was the involvement of students and children. More than 50 students attended the event to learn about career opportunities in the industry. According to a study by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, manufacturers in the US need to fill 4 million jobs by 2030. More than half of those jobs could be left unfilled because of two issues: a skills gap and misconceptions about modern manufacturing.

Learn more about MFG Day and watch the event recording.


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Emily Johnson

Associate Marketing Specialist at SAS

Emily is an Associate Marketing Specialist at SAS as a part of the Marketing Rotational Program. Through this, she has been able to explore different passions in marketing and refine her skills in campaign strategy, market research, and communications. As an avid people person and innovative storyteller, Emily is excited to continue her journey here at SAS.

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