Sierra College Offering Virtual National Manufacturing Day Tours on October 4

October 1, 2020

As part of National Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2020, over 260 Sacramento-area college and high school students will participate in 13 virtual tours of local advanced manufacturing companies.

Sierra College is participating in a nationwide event on October 2 for National Manufacturing Day ( to increase awareness of the contributions manufacturing companies make to local economies and attract students who like to create with their hands to highly paid, in-demand manufacturing careers. 

In Sacramento, educators are working closely with manufacturing professionals who are members of SME Sacramento Valley and the Sacramento Valley Manufacturing Initiative (SVMI), according to Jeff Briggs, Regional Director of Advanced Manufacturing North Region, (, which is sponsored by California Community Colleges and hosted at Sierra College. “Students benefit from seeing work environments and are inspired when they learn about career opportunities from those working in the industry,” said Briggs. “Virtual tours have proven to be impactful.” 

Tours are being offered by AMW Design, Garner Products, Inc., Harris & Bruno International, Kratos, Siemens Mobility and Tri Tool, among others.  Fourteen schools are participating in 13 virtual tours, reaching over 260 Career Technical Education students. Presentations will be made representatives such as a manufacturing engineer, CAD/CAM design engineer, CNC operator, welder, electro mechanical technician, quality assurance/quality control and industrial maintenance mechanic. 

Connecting students to employers is critical to attracting them to work in the field, explained Dean Peckham, President, SVMI. “Sacramento is home to manufacturers of life saving medical devices, food that is shipped worldwide, robotics used in scientific exploration, components for energy saving electric vehicles and many more innovative companies that are making a positive impact on the world,” said Peckham. “When students can talk with employees about careers through the zoom tours, they can start to see themselves in similar roles in the future.” 

SVMI is also hosting Manufacturing Day for Manufacturers on October 29. Learn more and how to join a virtual tour at

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