Manufactures want to hire you, but what skills are they looking for?


Good news keeps coming in from the American Manufacturing sector. Strong growth has been realized in the first quarter of 2017 with thousands of new jobs being added to the economy each month and economist expects this trend to continue.


Of course this is only a small step in making manufacturing the backbone and centerpiece of the American economy once again. Manufacturing in the 1970’s employed more than 19 million factory workers. Today our manufacturing industry only employs 12.4 million.


American manufactures are growing and want to hire you but need highly qualified

Industrial Engineering Technicians that can help operate, maintain and troubleshoot sophisticated manufacturing systems. For better or worse, the jobs that largely required unskilled or trainable workforce are declining or moving overseas. Manufactures no longer need large teams of trainable employees that specialize in a single skill.


Today manufactures are looking for Industrial Technicians that poses the capability and desire to understanding a variety of electro/mechanical processes including; automation & controls, complex mechanical and electrical system troubleshooting along with predictive and preventative maintenance. We have moved out of the age where a pair of hands, a strong back and a healthy work ethic is all that’s needed to get a good paying job in manufacturing.


This shift from old line manufacturing toward advanced manufacturing is not new and we have been moving steadily towards it for more than 2 decades. Over this time period manufacturing processes have advanced to such a large degree that it is almost impossible to provide technical services without advanced training.

What skills are advanced manufactures looking for:

  • Knowledge of mechanical and electrical engineering processes
  • Ability to work with computerized software such as SAP, ERP, CAD and CMMS programs.
  • Ability to program, scan and troubleshoot automation and controls systems.
  • Read, reference and update facility blue prints and equipment schematics.
  • Ability to operate and repair; pneumatic & hydraulic systems, conveyors, gearboxes, industrial refrigeration, HVAC, wastewater, compressors, motors, pumps and more.
  • Federal and State regulatory compliance management.
  • Utilization of sophisticated data gathering and analysis tools.

Capitalizing on the Skills Gap

Take advantage of the skills gap and expand your knowledge base. The manufacturing professionals of tomorrow will acquire electrical, mechanical, computer and data analysis abilities.  Those that are able to provide this high level technical service will capitalize greatly over the next decade. This means better paychecks and amazing career opportunities. Be a constant learner, be the person who jumps in when a offered the opportunity to understand the newest piece of equipment or software that was installed at your facility. The more you learn the more you earn.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

– Dr. Seuss

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