Local participants in the Manufacturing Day panel discussion included, from left, Shannon Reininger of Aerospace Dynamics International, Ken Kawahara of Advanced Bionics, Fred Duncan of B&B Manufacturing, Chuck Alexander of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and Monty Lunde of Technifex. Courtesy photo.
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A panel of local business people offered tips and insights into careers in manufacturing for an enthusiastic audience of students and parents at College of the Canyons Thursday.

The event was part of Manufacturing Day, a yearly event geared toward educating the public about opportunities in the manufacturing industry and perhaps helping to eliminate the stigma associated with the field.

The panel featured representatives from a range of industries, including aerospace, biomedical devices and technical special effects. Topics included jobs in today’s manufacturing world, skills required, career paths and earnings potential. The panel included Shannon Reininger of Aerospace Dynamics International, Ken Kawahara of Advanced Bionics, Fred Duncan of B&B Manufacturing, Chuck Alexander of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and Monty Lunde of Technifex.

“Edge Factor” host Jeremy Bout moderated the discussion.

On Friday, Hart District students were scheduled to visit 13 sites for an up close look at the business of manufacturing. Firms scheduled to participate included Advanced Bionics, Aerospace Dynamics Inc., B&B Manufacturing, Boston Scientific, Crissair, Donaldson Filtration Solutions, FMI Aerostructures, National Technical Systems, RAH Industries, Remo Inc., SKM Industries, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and Technifex.

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