Welcome to our Manufacturing Month page!

Every year, Manufacturing Day takes place on the first Friday in October. In past years, we’ve been able to host tours, an open house on LBCC’s campus, and other events. Unfortunately this year, that’s not possible, so we are going virtual. While we’re not able to host an in-person event this year, we’ve still decided to kick things up a notch and not just do a one-day virtual event, but a whole month’s worth of activities.

Manufacturing Month Events

Manufacturing Month Kickoff

Watch a panel of guest speakers from LBCC, ATI, ENTEK, and Oregon Freeze Dry talk about careers in manufacturing, answer your questions, and excite the future generation of creators! Perfect for middle-high school students in Linn and Benton Counties.

Originally aired on Friday, October 2nd from 1 - 2 p.m.

Manufacturing Month Virtual Events

Explore Heavy Equipment & Diesel Technology at LBCC

Unfortunately, there's no recording of this presentation from Wednesday, October 14, but you can view the slide presentation here.

Explore Non-Destructive Testing at LBCC

Join us for this special event for Manufacturing Month! You'll get to hear from the faculty of LBCC's Non-Destructive Testing program. You'll learn about careers in this field and learn about the state-of-the-art equipment in their lab. This presentation is appropriate for middle school and high school students.

Originally aired on Thursday, October 15th.

Women in Manufacturing & Trades

Join us for this special Lunch & Learn event for Manufacturing Month! You'll get to hear from women who work in the manufacturing & trades industries. Stay tuned for more information including bios and a list of our discussion questions. This presentation is appropriate for middle school and high school students.

Originally aired on Friday, October 16 

Explore Machine Tool at LBCC

Join us for this special Lunch & Learn event for Manufacturing Month! You'll get to hear from the faculty of LBCC's Machine Tool Technology program. You'll learn about the careers in this field as well as see a virtual tour of their lab space. This presentation is appropriate for middle school and high school students.

Friday, October 23rd from 12 - 1 p.m. Register here to get the Zoom link!

Explore Water & Environmental Technology at LBCC

Join us for this special event for Manufacturing Month! You'll get to hear from the faculty of LBCC's Water & Environmental Technology program. You'll learn about the careers in this field as well as see a virtual tour of their lab space. This presentation is appropriate for middle school and high school students.

Wednesday, October 28th from 12 - 1 p.m. Register here to get the Zoom link!

Explore Mechatronics at LBCC

Join us for this special event for Manufacturing Month! You'll get to hear from the faculty of LBCC's Mechatronics program. You'll learn about the careers in this field as well as see a virtual tour of their lab space. This presentation is appropriate for middle school and high school students.

Friday, October 30th from 12 - 1 p.m. Register here to get the Zoom link!

Educational At-Home Activities for Manufacturing Month

LEGO Bricks in the Making

Who doesn't love LEGO? The making of a Lego brick requires very high temperatures and enormous pieces of equipment, so machines, rather than people, handle most of their creation. Here's a fantastic short documentary showing you exactly how LEGO bricks are made.

How does freeze-drying work?

OFD Foods in Albany, Oregon, is the largest diversified freeze dryer in North America. They are a manufacturer specializing in freeze-dried foods and products for camping, emergency preparedness, pharmaceutical use, and more.

Watch this short video to learn about the freeze-drying process.

Do you have what it makes?

In this self-paced student module, investigate the applications of 3D printing, robotics, and computers to discover how each of these technologies helps teams of manufacturers solve complex problems that improve processes, products, and people’s lives. Explore the relationship between advanced manufacturing careers and the products they build that shape our world.

Learn How Cars are Made at a Car Factory!

In this video, SunnyKidsTV will show young children the process of assembling a car using a fun and easy to understand animation. Children will learn the names of the main parts that make up a car.

Pipeline Trading Cards: Machinist

Machinists create the things that make modern technologies possible. If you're a middle school or high school student who likes to build and take things apart, this might be the career for you. Check out this online trading card for more information!

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Download the Smart Manufacturing App

This superhero-augmented-reality experience guides users through creating a drone — from design & 3D printing to assembly and quality testing. Introduce your students to the exciting world of manufacturing this by downloading the app in the App Store.

Skilled Trades Notebook

The Trades Notebook was developed to assist school and career counselors with a guide of trades occupations in the Mid-Willamette Valley. There are 24 occupation profiles in the Trades Notebook. View the Notebook here.

Manufacturing Technician math game

Manufacturing Technician is a math game for kids and students in grades 5-8 where they follow a technician through a day, checking, testing, and maintaining machinery.

Take a Virtual Tour

Experience a manufacturing facility firsthand through a 3D Virtual tour. You can virtually visit Polaris and ABB Manufacturing here.

Assembly Line Activity

This well-designed lesson demonstrates the power of mass production. Students work in teams to design, construct, test, and redesign an assembly line to manufacture a product as quickly and efficiently as possible to meet the quality control criteria.