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Career Highlight: What is Civil Engineering?

Have you ever wondered what a civil engineer does or what a civil engineer even is? Often times people associate civil engineering with structural icons, like the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam, but civil engineering is in fact, much more universal than that....

The 5W’s of the WSCM Contest

Today's world is packed with more information than ever before. We are constantly being bombarded with daily news, recent research, expert opinions and new notifications. The amount of information to read and retain can be overwhelming and exhausting. So to avoid...

How We Put the FUN in Funding

What once started out as a simple idea quickly turned into a reality. Dream it. Do it. South Dakota was born in 2015 with the sole purpose of helping students understand the manufacturing field better. The first initiative South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology...

3D Printing: How to Get Started

    Have you heard of 3D printing? It’s likely you have. You might think it’s a tool for professionals, businesses, and manufacturers who need to make prototypes for their big projects. Or you might think that the only way to use 3D printing is to have personal access...

STEM or STEAM?

In the world of education there has been a lot of conversation and controversy about the acronyms STEM versus STEAM. What’s the difference? And why does it matter? STEM is the classic acronym for education tailored toward science, technology, engineering, and math....

Talking to your Kids about Careers in Manufacturing

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s likely you and your children have had a few discussions based on this question, but are you aware of all of their potential opportunities? According to the National Association of Manufacturers, there will be about 3.5...

2017 Award Ceremony Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the What's So Cool About Manufacturing Awards Ceremony on January 9th! We had a blast. The night was full of food, fun and excitement as we revealed and awarded the top five teams. This year we presented awards in the following...

Quiz Yourself!

Engineer, mechanic, machinist, oh my! Curious to see what manufacturing career best aligns with your interests? Find out by taking the...

Awards Ceremony Sneak Peek

Can you believe it’s almost over? It’s a bittersweet moment for us, because it feels like just yesterday teams were at their manufacturing facilities touring and learning new things about the industry. However, it also means that the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing...

What to Look for in a Career

How can you decide what career is for you? Consider these five points when looking at potential future careers. Roles and Responsibilities—Think about your talents and what do you enjoy doing most. If you like math, look for a job involving numbers and...

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