The manufacturing industry is booming. Production is returning to U.S. shores, factories are being built or are producing more goods than before, and skilled workers are needed—now. But today’s manufacturing jobs are different than they were in the past. The use of precise, computer-controlled machines and computer-aided design software has required workers to expand their knowledge and learn new skill sets. We’ve asked manufacturing companies what skills and knowledge they want their employees to have. Here’s what they’ve said:
- Hands-on experience, combined with sound theory, makes the best learning experience for students. Employers are looking for people who are ready to jump right in and work. To be ready to enter the workforce as an already-experienced worker, you’ll need to have state-of-the-art machine tools and software to learn from, practice on, and become an expert in. If you’re a machinist, you should know how to operate a CNC machine as well as interpret and edit its programming. To ensure that you know the fundamentals before programming a machine, you should also able to manually perform drilling and milling functions. Potential employees who have hundreds or thousands of clock hours under their belts are more likely to be hired.
- Absolute safety compliance. Many companies invest millions in their factories and work areas to make sure that their equipment is up-to-date and that their employees understand and know how to avoid safety hazards in the workplace. Before you begin any job, you should know all of the measures that are required so that your workplace and fellow employees are safe. Starting a job with knowledge of all security and safety precautions is important and will lead to a smooth integration in your new job.
- Upgraded technical skills. Computer skills are a must. Most machines are programmed using computer technology and many manufacturing products are first engineered using computer-aided drafting and design. Mechatronics technology, which requires students to maintain mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and robotic systems in most factories in the United States, is particularly dependent on skilled workers who can troubleshoot and then repair computer-related problems.
- The ability to supervise and then lead. First-line supervisors and managers coordinate production lines and all of the workers in a particular area to ensure that goods and materials are produced quickly and efficiently. Often, workers who have excelled at their job are promoted to supervisors, but they don’t realize how to motivate employees and meet shipping and delivery deadlines. Leadership development courses can help these dedicated employees learn how to unlock their employees’ potential while still delivering products on-time.
If you’d like to learn about how to train for a manufacturing job, call Precision Manufacturing Institute in Meadville. We have state-of-the art equipment, applied theory courses, and experienced instructors. We offer four programs that can allow you to become an expert in a manufacturing area in as little as five to eight months.