JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- On Wednesday nearly 1,000 Southern Indiana students toured area manufacturing companies as part of National Manufacturing Day.
Amatrol in Jeffersonville was one of 26 manufacturing companies participating in National Manufacturing Day, allowing kids to tour the facility in hopes to spark their interest in a future career.
“I could see myself working on computers, manufacturing, new technology…” said Joseph Logsdon, a senior at South Central High School.
Logsdon and his classmates saw first-hand what it looks like to work at major companies like Ford and Jeff Boat.
“I've had a lot of fun looking at all of the technology used for engineering and manufacturing,” said Logsdon.
“They're going to learn from what the entry level positions are all the way up through how they can continue their credentials,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, President of One Southern Indiana.
Chesser says manufacturing jobs across Kentuckiana are in high demand and need to be filled.
17 percent of jobs in metro Louisville are in manufacturing and in Southern Indiana that number 20 percent.
Wednesday’s event not only exposed students to the industry but companies to their future employees.
“What the manufacturers get out of it is not only the exposure to that talent pipeline and filling that talent pipeline with folks that are interested in it but they also get to combat some of the concerns people have had about manufacturing,” said Chesser.
“From what they've told me, you really get to travel the world with this and that surprised me because I didn't think you could with engineering, I thought it would just be a desk job,” said Logsdon.
9 percent of employees in Indiana are in the manufacturing industry making it the second highest state in the country.
The student tours run throughout the week.