Girard students explore new engineering, manufacturing careers

The 3D printing industry is growing, with expectations of the industry exceeding $20 billion in 2020

Girard engineering and manufacturing career fair

GIRARD, Ohio (WYTV) – Engineering and manufacturing are two fields that continue to change as technology develops.

Seventh through twelve grade Girard students had a chance to look at up-and-coming careers in those fields on Thursday.

Girard Junior/Senior High School hosted an engineering, technology and manufacturing career fair, with nearly 30 different booths. Those stops featured things like 3D printing and aeronautics.

Whichever engineering field the students choose to pursue, it’s always changing, said Technology Education Teacher Ashraf Hadi.

“The engineering world has gone to a more digital-based world. They’re going away from the pencil and paper-type stuff and going to a lot more 3D designing, 3D modeling, solid modeling. You have 3D printers involved nowadays,” Hadi said.

Thursday’s career fair was all about giving students the chance to examine those options. They visited and talked with people from a variety of industries.

“I did look at aerospace. I looked at astrophysics. I looked at astronomy. I looked at things I was interested in, and I did learn more about that,” said Avery Tinkey, a junior.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the engineering field will grow about 3 percent from 2014 to 2024, adding more than 67,000 news jobs.

The 3D printing industry is growing, with expectations of the industry exceeding $20 billion in 2020. However, today’s newest technology could become a thing of the past very quickly for these students

“The world for engineering is changing — much more demand for it, a lot of new products coming out, and we need a lot of new inventors in this country,” said Judy Barber, advisor for the Girard Robotics Team.