On Friday, October 7, nearly 300 students and a few dozen educators from multiple middle and high schools visited Textron Aviation’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, to celebrate National Manufacturing Day.  

Throughout the day, students learned about engineering, supply chain, fabrication, tooling, automation, assembly and much more — straight from the expert employees who design and deliver the best aviation experience every day. 

2022 National Manufacturing Day

Students toured a factory, took a close look at Cessna and Beechcraft aircraft, and participated in manufacturing-inspired activities. 

Caitlin Gregory, who serves as K-12 Program Manager and chair of Textron Aviation’s National Manufacturing Day committee, has a strong passion for engaging youth in the aviation industry. 

“I was so excited for students to see all the opportunities available at Textron Aviation,” Gregory said. “It takes a wide range of passions and interests to build an airplane. I love explaining how builders, designers, accountants, engineers, and more contribute to the manufacturing process.”  

Many students who participated in the event attend a local high school with an aviation production pathway, which offers students the chance to take aviation classes during the school day to set them up for a successful career after graduation.  

On the importance of celebrating these days, Gregory said, “When we successfully engage youth in aviation and manufacturing at a young age, we not only support the future of our industry – but the future of our local community.” 

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