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Member of Popular YouTube Channel Explains How to Make Manufacturing Cool for Young People

The company, Hacksmith Industries, makes functional prototypes, including Captain America’s shield and a lightsaber.

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Bogdan Malynovskyy, a 26-year-old director of advanced projects and large-scale robotics engineer at Hacksmith Industries, joined the latest episode of the Gen Z in Manufacturing podcast to discuss how industry employers can promote manufacturing as a "cool" career choice to the younger workforce. 

Hacksmith, an entertainment company with about 14.7 million YouTube subscribers, is dedicated to bringing to life fictional concepts from movies, video games and comics through the creation of functional prototypes. The company’s projects include Captain America’s shield, the Power Loader from Aliens and a lightsaber, with Malynovskyy serving as the lead engineer on the latter project.

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    When explaining how to generate excitement and passion from the new workforce, Malynovskyy noted that, currently, workers in skilled trades often do not get to see the final product. 

    "One of the things that I really want to see more in the industry is really getting the people on the floor to be able to see the full development cycle and their end product in deployment," Malynovskyy said. "They can see the work that they're putting in to one small part of a larger project, how that actually incorporates the project goals as a whole and how it changes the world at the end of the day."

    Malynovskyy also discusses:

    • Going from a volunteer to a director at Hacksmith
    • The ideal age to expose young people to manufacturing
    • How employers can partner with schools to effectively promote manufacturing
    • What Gen Z thinks is cool
    • If generational divide disrupts innovation
    • How the young workforce can make older workforce comfortable with new technologies

    Click here to view previous episodes of Gen Z in Manufacturing. If you are a member of Gen Z and would like to discuss your experience in the manufacturing industry, please get in touch with Nolan Beilstein, at [email protected].

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