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This Could be YOU

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.

Who are Navigators?

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 manufacturers daily life.

We are now accepting applications for Cohort 3 to begin at the end of July 2023.

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.

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 presents at four events in the year (in-person or virtually)

Navigator attends two trainings to begin and prepare for the program

Navigator grants the program permission to use video, photo, and commentary for program promotional purposes

Navigator is in the first 5 years of their manufacturing career

Navigator submits an application

Navigator is currently employed in the manufacturing industry

Navigator expresses interest and ability to share career and educational experience

If you have any questions contact Hannah at hkusenko@catalystconnection.org.

Nominate a Navigator

Do you know an industry professional who would make a great Navigator?

Nominate them using our form, and we’ll reach out to them regarding this unique opportunity.

Do you want the nominee to know you nominated them?

Past Manufacturing Navigators

Below you will see our inaugural class of Manufacturing Navigators from 20-21.
These 8 individuals had a great year working with students. Read their awesome stories below!