On October 3rd-6th the Cooper Tire Global Headquarters Campus in Findlay, Ohio participated in the national Dream It. Do It. program and National Manufacturing Day/Month. As part of this effort, Cooper connected with more than 1,000 students through the Cooper Manufacturing Experience.
Students moved through a series of interactive stations designed to spark their interest in manufacturing. They learned about raw material composition, material weights and quality control monitoring. They also interacted with Cooper engineers using CAD simulations to design tires for specific performance characteristics. Additionally, they learned about the use of 3D printing and participated in manufacturing simulations that involved tire assembly, curing, finishing, testing and the importance of work done behind the scenes by millwrights and electricians. Students also had the opportunity to hone skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication and project management through hands-on activities.
Many students today are not directed toward careers in manufacturing, and thousands of great jobs in the field go unfilled each year. Cooper is working to change this dynamic starting with young people at the ages where they are forming their impressions of what they may want to do and where they may want to work.