Student Resources

Welcome to the Student Resources Center. Career and salary information, education opportunities and scholarships, competitions and games are all here to help you investigate the rewarding careers that manufacturing offers to people who are curious, creative, problem-solvers, interested in how things work, and like to work with their hands.

Explore Manufacturing Careers in your Hometown

Want to see how things are made? Manufacturing Day is your opportunity. Each October companies across North America select a day to invite in members of their community to showcase their shop facilities, demonstrate what they make, and offer insight into the kinds of jobs they have available. There’s no better way to experience what it’s really like to work in the manufacturing sector. Recommended for students, teachers, counselors and parents. The official date for MFG DAY is the first Friday in October, but companies can select any day in that month. Learn more and discover which companies in your region are hosting events this year.

Certified Education Center Network

Are you looking for a technical college or trade school program in manufacturing? FMA Certified Education Centers are located around the U.S. and each of these community or technical colleges offer exceptional programs in manufacturing technologies.
Learn more and see a current list of member schools at FMA.

College Navigator

College Navigator is a government-managed selection service to find the right school for you. Start here with
schools offering Precision Production programs, then narrow by location and other preferences.

Go to the Edge, See the possibilities

The Edge Factor show demonstrates in heart-pounding fashion how manufacturing can change lives and what it’s like to be part of this industry.
Learn more here.

Explore Manufacturing Careers with Max and Ben

Max and Ben are young teens from Wisconsin who visited a number of manufacturers in their area and captured the experiences on video.
Share their adventures here.

Are You a Young Inventor?

Check out the exciting competition offered each year for toy and game inventors age 18 or younger by the Chicago Toy and Game Expo.

Career Opportunities

Tremendous opportunities are available in the field of metal forming and fabricating. The
 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides career insights and information for both students and teachers.

NBT Summer Manufacturing Camps

NBT provides grants to community and technical colleges to enable the production of summer manufacturing camps for kids ages 12 – 16. Check out the Camps page on this website or visit our Facebook Page to connect with us.

NBT on Pinterest

Looking for more videos on manufacturing? Check out the collection and share the ones you like best.

Robots on Your Mind?

Does your school have a FIRST Robotics team? Check out this internationally-recognized program and learn how you can get involved.

Parents and Educators

Kids who have never had an opportunity to tinker, work on crafts, or use tools might be missing out on a career option to enter the high-tech world of manufacturing. Find information for parents, teachers, or school administrators about the opportunity for hands-on learning.