Advanced Manufacturing positions are one of the most in-demand by employers in northwest Ohio. As older professionals retire and manufacturers produce more intricate and high-quality products that cannot be made with over-seas labor, the demand for trained manufacturing labor increases. Long-term, middle-income positions are available in many clean, stable and safe manufacturers right now. For example, the annual wage for a CNC programmer is currently $45,570 with a projected growth of 7% by 2022. If you don’t consider yourself technical or prefer to work with your hands, consider welding, fabrication or even industrial maintenance.
Job Outlook for Machinists and Tool and Die Makers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employment growth will vary by specialty. Employment of machinists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Despite improvements in technologies, such as computer-numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, autoloaders, high-speed machining, and lights-out manufacturing, machinists will still be required to set up, monitor, and maintain these automated systems. In addition, employers will continue to need machinists, who have a wide range of skills and are capable of performing modern production techniques, in a machine shop.
Manufacturers will continue to rely heavily on skilled machinists, as they invest in new equipment, modify production techniques, and implement product design changes more rapidly. Employment of tool and die makers is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. Although foreign competition in manufacturing and advances in automation, including CNC machine tools and computer-aided design, should improve worker productivity, tool and die makers will still be needed to program CNC machines. There also will be a need for tool and die makers to manufacture small production orders and special order parts.
Are you a good fit for a career in Advanced Manufacturing?
Skills required will vary by the specialty selected. Click on the links below to learn more about the specific skills required for each career choice. Successful professionals in this field have many of the following skills:
- Active Listening – Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Complex Problem Solving – Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Judgment and Decision Making – Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Reading Comprehension – Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking – Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Systems Analysis – Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- Mathematics – Using mathematics to solve problems.
- Systems Evaluation – Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
- Technology Design – Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
- Time Management – Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
- Active Learning – Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Monitoring – Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Operation Monitoring – Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Troubleshooting – Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Writing – Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Coordination – Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
- Quality Control Analysis – Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Management of Personnel Resources – Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
- Equipment Selection – Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
- Operations Analysis – Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
- Social Perceptiveness – Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Instructing – Teaching others how to do something.
- Learning Strategies – Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Find out more about the Advanced Manufacturing career choices offered through Ready to Work
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