Clover Park Technical College’s Manufacturing Day 2017 — touted by the Lakewood school as “a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers” — is set for Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event, subtitled “Cool Tech & Hot Careers,” will host 300 students from a number of local high schools in Pierce, King and Thurston Counties. The event will feature a luncheon program with guest speakers, a trade show-style “MFG Open Forum” that will feature local manufacturing companies and a “Women in Manufacturing” speaker panel.  It will also feature program information tables representing a number of CPTC training programs related to manufacturing, including mechatronics, welding, manufacturing technologies, aviation maintenance, advanced composite manufacturing and more.

Several area manufacturing-related companies are slated to exhibit at the event, including Blue Origin, Western Integrated Technologies and Exotic Metals Forming Company, all out of Kent; Renton’s Out of the Box Manufacturing; Western Container Company in Fife; Roy’s Wilcox Family Farms; and Seattle’s Boeing, which has various facilities around the South Sound.

“Advanced manufacturing, in all of its forms, is the wave of the future,” CPTC Dean of Student Learning Claire Korschinowski said. “Our programs are designed to provide hands-on training to tomorrow’s workforce. That’s why it is so vital for Clover Park Technical College to partner with the manufacturing business community to produce events like MFG Day 2017, to showcase advanced manufacturing technology. Through this effort, we hope that we sufficiently spark the curiosity of our high school visitors.”