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Engineering students at the University of Windsor were able to get up close and personal with local manufacturers thanks to Manufacturing Day in Windsor-Essex County.Engineering students at the University of Windsor were able to get up close and personal with local manufacturers thanks to Manufacturing Day in Windsor-Essex County.

Students tour local companies as part of annual Manufacturing Day

UWindsor students had the opportunity to participate in Manufacturing Day thanks to the Office of Experiential Learning.

On Oct. 4, Career Development and Experiential Learning organized a bus tour for 46 engineering students to tour manufacturing facilities and learn about their career options.

The annual event is coordinated locally by Workforce WindsorEssex.

Stephanie Dupley, career advisor in CDEL, said students were enthusiastic about their visits to Active Industrial Solutions and Valiant TMS.

“If Manufacturing Day has to described in one word, I would say it was an ‘impeccable’ experience,” says fourth-year Electrical Engineering student Usman Chughtai.

“We get a chance to look into the industry challenges and how the individuals are working to overcome them. We also got up to date knowledge from industry about different certifications that could be beneficial while starting your career after graduation.”

Students observed what happens in a manufacturing facility on a variety of levels, learned about new innovations, and asked questions to employees and managers, gaining valuable insight into the industry.  

“Manufacturing Day is a fantastic opportunity for students to see first-hand how what they learn in the classroom is applied in industry.  The insights they gain from seeing theory in action can help to make them more competitive in the labour market, as they better understand what they can contribute to the industry,” says Stephanie Dupley, career advisor in CDEL.

 “Our unit is committed to providing students with opportunities to make connections between the classroom and the workplace and we were thrilled to bring this initiative to campus for the first time.”