Shaping the Next Generation
of American Manufacturing


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A skilled engineering and shop floor workforce is necessary for competing in today’s global markets.

Decades of U.S. manufacturing decline has disenfranchised young workers from a career in critical shop floor skills such as welding and machining.

Trained trade skill talent has not kept pace with the current resurgence of U.S. manufacturing and its evolving needs.

Manufacturing jobs today require people to work collaboratively across the manufacturing floor.

This places significant pressure on supply chains competing for scarce manufacturing workforce resources.


In recognition of these issues, the goal of Project MFG Next Generation Manufacturing Challenge is to ignite change.

Project MFG promotes the value of a career in the manufacturing trades and accelerates new entrants into the workforce.

It elevates the prestige of these careers.

And it aligns industry & defense requirements, educational programs, and commercial capabilities & capacities through private-public partnerships.


The Challenge is a series of event-based skills competitions.

The first Challenge will be held in Auburn, Alabama, April 26-27, 2019.

Four teams from around the state will compete in 5-axis machining and welding to determine an Alabama State Champion.

The Challenge will culminate in a national competition at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago in September 2020.


Upcoming Challenge Events


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Auburn, AL

April 26th - 27th
Auburn Industrial Park


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Meridian, MS

May 10th - 11th
Riley Workforce Development Center
Meridian Community College


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Lafayette, LA

May 29th - 30th
Haas Factory Outlet


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