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June 22, 2020
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Pre-College Engineering Education
Manufacturing has been an important factor in the United States economy since the start of the industrial revolution and it continues to influence the nation’s economic success. The United States produces 18.2% of all the world’s goods, which is the most production by any one country, trailed by China who produces 17.6% of the world’s goods (Amadeo, 2019). However, by 2028, it is estimated that manufacturing in the United States will face a shortage of over two million workers (Deloitte, 2017). A 2018 Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute study revealed that the search for skilled talent was ranked as the number one concern for manufacturing competitiveness by global manufacturing executives. This study also found that these executives believed that more than half of the open jobs could remain unfilled because of a “shifting” skill set due to the introduction of new advanced technology along with the negative perception students/their parents have toward the manufacturing industry. As studies have shown, society seems to hold a negative perception of manufacturing careers (Authors, 2018; 2019; Deloitte, 2017), which likely prevents many potential workers from exploring the field. Accordingly, recommendations have been made to remedy this issue by investing in long-term industry and public education partnerships. While manufacturers have now launched numerous outreach initiatives in collaboration with public education institutions to spread career awareness to students at the K-12 level, limited research on how such initiatives influence children manufacturing career perceptions exists. Therefore, this study investigated the potential influence of a weeklong manufacturing outreach event on children’s career perceptions. 672 students from grades K through 12 were surveyed before and after the industry-driven outreach event focused on manufacturing. The survey results were analyzed to determine any significant changes in regard to the participants’ career perceptions and open-response questions were coded to provide a qualitative description of their experience during the event. The results of this analysis are presented and used as a foundation for discussions and recommendations for developing industry-led outreach initiatives and preparing children for the future of work.
Strimel, G. J., & Krause, L., & Serban, S. T. (2020, June), Children’s Perceptions of Manufacturing Careers: Examining the Influence of Industry-Public Education Initiatives Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34281
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