First Regional Manufacturing Innovation Conference for Long Island on May 24
Parents and students are invited to conference that will bring together manufacturing, technology and educational organizations to address the opportunities and skills gap for manufacturing jobs on Long Island
Through exhibits, panel discussion and industry networking, the conference will help build a comprehensive understanding about technology workforce needs in the manufacturing sector for educators, guidance counselors, parents, media, workforce development professionals and the workforce itself so they can better unify around a common goal of significant job growth.
At the panel discussion on "Technology and Manufacturing:
• Mike Vetter, Engineering Manager, East West Industries
• John DeLalio, Director of Business Development, EB Industries
• Anjali Awasthy, Lead Software Architect, GKN Aerospace
"Few people are aware of or seek out tech careers in manufacturing here on Long Island and because of this, hundreds of good paying jobs remain unfilled." said Phil Rugile of LaunchPad Huntington. "Educators, students and parents would be surprised at the level of technology in manufacturing and the career opportunities in their own back yard."
Rosalie Drago, Regional Director of the Work Force Development Institute added, "While over 3,000 local companies struggle to fill open positions, students are at home and in classrooms right now experimenting with technology and creativity that could easily be transferred to a job. A focused and collaborative approach between industry and education can close that gap. The aim is for this conference to facilitate the connection that will make that happen."
Providing a hands-on experience to learn more about careers in welding, attendees will be able to try out a virtual reality welding simulator, thanks to Suffolk Community College. Students and adults will be encouraged to give it a try, and will wear a helmet, visor and gloves while they perform live welds, and the unit will provide instant feedback on work angle, travel angle and speed. It is designed provide exposure to the craft of welding, enabling the user to experience nine different welding procedures. It helps students and adults determine if welding is a career path they might want to choose.
In addition, the first annual Manufacturing Technology Employment Report will be released at the event, reporting on the specific technology jobs and skills currently available on Long Island.
This free event will be held at Launchpad Huntington, 315 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Huntington NY 11743.
Sponsors of the event include: MCLI and Eisner Amper and WDI at the Pioneer Level; Applied Visions, Inc. at the Innovator Level; Suffolk Community College, Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency and Suburban Millennial Institute at the Support Level. In addition, sponsorships for the event are still available.
WDI is a statewide non-profit dedicated to improving New York communities through the development of a strong, skilled workforce. Using real-time workforce intelligence WDI provides relevant and timely support that improves the expertise and proficiency of our labor force; our work is aimed at bringing economic stability, opportunity and success to all New Yorkers.
This event is the next in a series of Launchpad Huntington major events that included Tech Day, Art Bytes and STEAM Innovation Conference.