GRANITE CITY — Check out high-tech automated manufacturing machinery, hear from regional manufacturers and discover how American manufacturing is flourishing — all at the Southwestern Illinois College Manufacturing Day celebration.
SWIC will open its doors for a Manufacturing Day Open House from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, to showcase new technology, educational programs, career opportunities, products and services. The SWIC Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road, will serve as the event hub for the day.
More than 1,000 local high school students are scheduled to attend.
The celebration is free and open to the public. The welcome ceremony begins at 9 a.m.
Guest speakers will be David Boulay, president of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center and Illinois Performance Excellence, and SunCoke Energy General Manager Don Vichitvongsa.
“Technology continues to move ahead,” SWIC Technical Education Dean Brad Sparks said. “Southwestern Illinois College is proud to partner once more with local manufacturers to share these innovations in the critical field of manufacturing with our neighbors and students.”
At the open house, visitors can tour the newly renovated Precision Machining Technology, Electrical/Electronics, Welding Technology, and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration labs; and see how cutting-edge computerized machining, robotic welding and 3-D printing equipment is changing technical education and manufacturing.
Also, visitors can test their skills with a virtual welder and talk with more than 25 area manufacturers that will display their products and capabilities.
The event is presented in partnership with the Granite City Economic Development Department, IMEC – Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Madison County Employment and Training and the Southwestern Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, the college will unveil plans for a solar panel array at the campus. Earlier this year SWIC received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Steel and American Bottom Conservancy trust fund to install an array of solar panels at the Granite City campus. The array will reduce the college’s carbon footprint and provide an educational resource for students and the community.
For information, visit swic.edu/mfgday or call the SWIC Technical Education Division at (618) 931-0600, ext. 7476.