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After two years of a virtual-only event, Manufacturing Day returns with big changes at OMIC and Portland Community College.

PMG PHOTO: NICOLE THILL-PACHECO - Drake Crosby, a student with Columbia River Youth Corps in St. Helens, uses an augmented reality virtual welding system to simulate creating a real-life metal weld at the 2019 Manufacturing Day.An in-person Manufacturing Day is returning this week to the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center and Portland Community College's Scappoose training center.

The day will include "live demonstrations of 3D printing, laser cutting and virtual welding, as well as engaging hands-on activities that provide regional students and community members an opportunity to learn about the world of advanced manufacturing," according to PCC.

Both sites will host students from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Other visitors are welcome from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

OMIC Research and Development hosted a local Manufacturing Day in previous years as part of the national Manufacturing Day initiative, which exposes high school students and others to jobs in manufacturing.

In 2020 and 2021, the event was virtual.

OMIC's Manufacturing Day is "the largest of its kind in Oregon, with more than 350 students from around the region participating in 2019," according to PCC.

PCC's new OMIC Training Center was completed in 2021, so this is the first time Manufacturing Day will be hosted at both OMIC R&D and the PCC site.

OMIC R&D completed renovations on its primary building since the last in-person Manufacturing Day. The program's next building is currently under construction.PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Portland Community College's OMIC Training Center officially opened in Scappoose in 2021.

Past Manufacturing Days have been impactful for students like Cole Erhardt, now a DeArmond scholarship recipient studying at Oregon Institute of Technology and interning at OMIC R&D during the summer.

Erhardt said OMIC's annual Manufacturing Day, "drove me towards engineering."

Schools can register here, with funding for substitutes and buses available for schools in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties.

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