83% of manufacturers reported a shortage of skilled production workers. Manufacturing today gives people the opportunity to work with complex materials, using expensive machines, in clean, well-lit, quiet work environments.
Alan Jesiolowski, CNC Machinist and Programmer (01:46)
Alan is a certified tool and die maker. Being mechanically inclined and knowing he needed to develop a skill in a trade, he took an apprenticeship after high school. He took classes and learned on the job from others in the trade.
The Job of a CNC Machinist (02:07)
The Rodon Group designs and tools custom molds, and manufactures high precision small plastic parts. A CNC machine produces steel parts faster. Skilled machinists can expect to make a good living. A shortage of skilled workers is coming.
Advice to Students (01:19)
Change is part of the future. Students will need to adapt and problem solve. They'll need advanced math and computer skills. Tool and die makers are one of the highest paid and most highly skilled production occupations.
Know Your Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (00:35)
Manufacturing is taking raw material, putting it through a complex system, adding value and making something that didn't exist before. Design requires strong math and science fundamentals, and knowledge of engineering and technology.
Anthony Horne, ED CAD Draftsperson (01:56)
Anthony works with engineers, taking their concept and making models. Southco designs and manufactures fasteners. Anthony started at entry level and became a journeyman within three years. The company paid for his training.
The Job of a CAD Draftsperson and Advice to Students (02:47)
The draftsperson creates a CAD model to represent a design an engineer has developed, then creates drawings. CAD designers are in high demand and well paid. The work is collaborative. Don't be intimidated by the math and science.
Manufacturing Jobs Require Training (00:25)
You can no longer go into manufacturing straight out of high school. Now almost any job in manufacturing requires post-secondary experience. There are many different careers and educational pathways available.
Ian Evans, Electronics Engineering Technician (02:24)
Ian does hardware work for engineers. After graduating from college, he worked as a salesman and hated it. So he went to electronics school. He has progressed in his company as his knowledge grew. He learned a lot from his boss.
The Job of Electronics Engineering Technician (02:36)
A big part of the job is prototyping, testing, and troubleshooting. You don't need a bachelor's degree to work in electronics. Technicians are in high demand and the pay is good. One third of engineering technicians work in electronics.
Manufacturing: Not Gone, but Different (00:34)
Manufacturing is well-paying and high tech. It involves creativity, innovation, and enterprise. There are all kinds of opportunities for individuals who are willing to invest their time in developing the knowledge and skills that employers require.
Additional Resources and Credits: Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Technology: STEM Careers in Two Years (01:51)
Additional Resources and Credits: Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Technology: STEM Careers in Two Years
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