Earlier this week a group of technology education students at Warwick High School participated in the annual National Manufacturing Day. Each October, North American manufacturers open their doors to showcase careers available in the manufacturing field. This is an opportunity for businesses in the Lancaster area to share what they’re doing with the community.
As part of this event, Warwick students were able to take a tour of a local manufacturer, Astro Machine Works. Students in grades nine through 12 got to see firsthand the type of machinery that’s used in the industry as well as the various products being made at Astro Machine Works.
Upon arriving, Warwick students were greeted by the president of the company. He spoke to them about different career paths available at Astro, giving them an idea of salary ranges and types of positions they offer. Students then broke out into small groups for tours of the different buildings. They stopped by the wiring EDM department, laser etching, the welding shop and much more. Students got to witness the types of robots and machines that are used every day in the industry. They saw how the skills they are learning in school could apply to this type of career field.
“I am very grateful that Astro Machine Works opens their doors for our students. This tour gives students the opportunity to witness modern manufacturing at its finest,” stated Brad McClain, science and agricultural teacher at the Warwick High School. Mr. McClain was one of the teachers that accompanied the students on the tour. “The environment is very clean, friendly, and safe. Students got to see all facets of the manufacturing process from engineering and design, to raw material being machined, fabricated and assembled into final products.”
What started in 2012 by the National Association of Manufacturers, National Manufacturing Day is a way to bring visibility to the manufacturing industry; which aims to connect manufacturers with their local communities, introduce young people to careers available in the industry, re-shape the public’s opinion on manufacturing and show the ongoing importance of these jobs.
Astro Machine Works’ modern, fully equipped 60,000 square-foot facilities are located in Ephrata, PA. provide a wide range of manufacturing services including CNC machining, reverse engineering, custom machine building, welding, fabrication and wire EDM machining. They serve a variety of clientele spanning across industries like medical, energy, aerospace and food processing.