Students see in-demand careers up close during Minnesota Manufacturing Week, October 1-7

Roseville Manufacturing Day 2019 student visit

Students from Roseville Area High School's "Exploring Engineering" class got a tour of Wilson Tool Company in White Bear Lake on Friday, October 4, 2019, for National Manufacturing Day. Teacher Jake Krautkremer accompanied the students. 

Held annually on the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day helps showcase modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.

Each year during Manufacturing Week, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development encourages communities, local and regional Chambers of Commerce, trade associations, companies and others to hold special events recognizing the economic importance of this sector and highlight the great career opportunities in manufacturing. 

Manufacturing represents 13 percent of all private sector jobs in Minnesota. This industry is projected to contract slightly between 2016 and 2026. However over 246,000 openings are expected during that time frame.

Students looking for a career path and anyone considering a career change are encouraged to check out the career goal setting tools – including interest and skills assessments – on the Explore Careers page on