Building Our Future



A top concern facing DRMA members and the manufacturing industry is the lack of a qualified workforce. DRMA faces this challenge head on by driving and supporting numerous initiatives to promote careers in manufacturing and align workforce efforts across the region.

Manufacturing Day

DRMA is the local organizer for MFG Day, a nationwide event where students tour manufacturing facilities teaching them about careers in the industry.  We’re the most successful MFG Day in the nation.  With support from FASTLANE/MEP.

Mark your calendars for National Manufacturing Day, the first Friday in October!

Career Awareness Events

DRMA conducts activities with students and educators to expose them to careers in manufacturing.  Activities include exhibits during lunch time at middle and high schools and at career fairs; speaking in classrooms; and hands-on activities during summer camps and other events.  DRMA volunteers deliver messages about career paths, wage and salary information, and training and education paths.  Partners: FASTLANE/MEP and the Educational Service Centers across the region.

Industry-Recognized Credentials

DRMA is working with educators across the region to incorporate industry credentials into their curriculum, as well as with members to promote the value of the credentials.  Credentials include the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council’s (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT); the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials; and the American Welding Society’s professional certifications.

Department of Labor Apprenticeship Grant

DRMA was awarded the Dayton region’s portion of a state-wide Department of Labor grant to increase the number of training programs offering industry-recognized credentials, the number of people earning credentials, and the number of manufacturers employing people with the credentials.  Partners: Sinclair Community College, Clark State Community College, and the adult division at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

Your Future Career Campaign

DRMA conducts this campaign to entice people to pursue careers in the skilled trades.  Your Future Career includes radio ads, TV commercials, promotions at Dayton Dragons games, and a website.  Partner: The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Ohio Valley Chapter.

Workforce/HR Meet Up

Meet Ups are small discussion groups designed to help members build their peer network with other members who are interested in the same topic area in order to share and learn.  Topics for the Workforce/HR Meet Up include internships and apprenticeships, funding for training, training resources, recruiting methods, assessments, compensation strategies, compliance issues, and others.  Subject matter experts are on hand at each Meet Up. They are free and for members only. LEARN MORE about Meet Ups and why you should attend.

Training/Education Program Advisory Committees

DRMA staff and volunteer members serve on advisory committees at high schools and colleges across the region to convey the needs of manufacturers and to ensure their curriculum produces graduates with the skills needed by manufacturers.


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