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The primary purpose of the Rutherford County Manufacturing Council is to develop a pipeline of skilled manufacturing professionals from entry level to advanced engineering that will decrease the current and projected shortages.  This will be done by establishing partnerships and opportunities for collaboration between manufacturing and educational leadership where partnerships have not existed before. 

Our Goals for 2019

Goal 1

Goal 1
K-12: Create a mentorship program with 2 elementary and 2 middle schools in Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County Schools that will provide opportunities for more hands-on exposure to careers in manufacturing through tours and hands on/problem based classroom activities

Goal 2

Goal 2
Adult Learners: Create a fork lift training program for new hires and existing employees with input from industry that has mutually inclusive competencies (includes TOSHA) and is a portable credential from employer to employer by August 2019.

Goal 3

Goal 3
Post-secondary: Create an apprenticeship program by fall 2020 in addition to the creation of quality assurance training, health & safety training and safety certifications for fall 2019.


Council Chair
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Talent Development & Education
Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group
Vice Chair
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Smyrna Plant Manager
Schnedier Electric

Our Partners

  • Nissan
  • Bridgestone
  • Kasai
  • General Mills
  • Adient
  • Calsonic Kansei
  • Colbert Manufacturing
  • Mid Cumberland Human Resource Agency
  • Motlow Community College
  • MTSU
  • Allvan

    Our Programs

    • Mechatronics Pathway

      The Mechatronics program of study is designed for students interested in becoming a mechatronics technician, or mechatronics engineer. Course content focuses on the components of manufacturing systems, collection and analysis of quality data, electronics, mechanics, fluid power systems, computers and control systems, and technical documentation and troubleshooting. Upon completion of the POS, students will be prepared to pursue industry certification at a technology college or more advanced coursework at a two-year or four-year postsecondary institution.

    • Manufacturing Day

      Manufacturing Day

      Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

      Past Manufacturing Day Events: