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Oct. 7: 'Tour of Manufacturing' Coming to Minnesota State Mankato

Event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Trafton Science Center North 131.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-3-2017

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Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology will join seven regional businesses as participants in the Tour of Manufacturing of South Central Minnesota event Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Trafton Science Center North 131 (located at 301 Maywood Avenue).

The event is free to students, job seekers and the general public. Parking is available on Maywood Avenue and in University Lot 16 (Performing Arts parking lot).

College students are strongly encouraged to attend and explore careers in manufacturing as well as summer employment, internship and apprenticeship opportunities. This annual event gives the general public, job-seekers, college and high school students and parents a chance to learn about what is manufactured in Minnesota and the many in-demand and high-paying job opportunities available in the region.

During the event, Minnesota State Mankato faculty members and students will describe how the university’s specialized degrees are preparing students to help manufacturing industries succeed in the global marketplace. Prospective representatives from regional industries are encouraged to attend.

The event is part of a statewide initiative called “Dream It. Do It. Minnesota” that according to its website is a collaborative grassroots effort between manufacturers all around Minnesota that want to tell the world about why they love the manufacturing industry.

Students in Minnesota State Mankato’s rigorous Manufacturing Engineering Technology program learn the skill they need to tackle challenging design problems in the real world. Graduates utilize 3D modeling, additive manufacturing, robotics and automation to experience the hands-on technological experience. They incorporate this engineering technology for design optimization, advanced parametric modeling and project management. Students use the knowledge in the classroom to work on industrial projects involving concepts of lean manufacturing, quality control and six sigma. Many students participate in research and present their work at prestigious international and national conferences.

For more information about the event at Minnesota State Mankato, contact Jason Bruns, director of the Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence, by email at or by phone at 507-389-1309.

The 2017 Tour of Manufacturing of South Central Minnesota will be held Thursday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 7 at participating businesses and organizations. More information on all tour stops, including a list of sponsors, is available on the Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. website.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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