Manufacturing Navigators

Who are Navigators?

There’s no better time to be a leader in a growing industry full of diverse career opportunities, and innovative technology. Build your network, give back, and build the Pittsburgh Manufacturing Scene.

Navigators are manufacturing industry ambassadors dedicated to increasing industry awareness and readiness for students. Navigators use their personal, educational, and professional experience to tell the story of careers in manufacturing, explain the journey to becoming a successful manufacturing professional, and offer increased visibility inside a manufacturer’s daily life.

Be the Guide You Needed When You Were Younger

Students have more options than ever, and making a career decision often causes anxiety. As a Manufacturing Navigator, you’ll help students understand what a manufacturing career means in the twenty-first century, and how they can contribute to the growth of the digital age and Industry 4.0. Through personal experience, you’ll share your unique perspective as a young and successful manufacturer, helping to shape young minds and attract youth to manufacturing.

How to Become a Navigator

Navigators must meet certain criteria and commit their time in order to apply for the position.

Requirements and commitments include:

  • Navigator agrees to commit one year to the program
  • Navigator is available to present at four events in the year
  • Navigator attends two trainings a year
  • Navigator grants the program permission to use video, photo, and commentary for program promotional purposes
  • Navigator is under the age of 35
  • Navigator submits an application
  • Navigator is currently employed in the manufacturing industry
  • Navigator expresses interest and ability to share career and educational experience


2023 Manufacturing Navigators


Click below to learn more about the 2023 Manufacturing Navigators:



2022 Manufacturing Navigators

Dylan Archinal, MetPlas, Inc.                                             Charles Kammerer, C4 Therapeutics

Ethan Birth, Global SFC Valve                                                  Paul Miller, CASCO USA                                                            

Dane Eddy, MetPlas, Inc.                                                        Lauren Morlacci, L&S Machine Company

Erika Hill, ZOLL Manufacturing Corporation                  Eric Stewart, ZOLL Life Vest

Jessi Kadlecik, 5 Generation Bakers                                Amber Wharrey, JV Manufacturing


Learn More and Apply!

For more information on how to get involved in our Manufacturing Navigators Program, or for assistance with nominating one of your colleagues, contact Hannah Kusenko at