As baby boomers retire there will be a need for workers in the field of manufacturing. The problem is, how do we get young people interested in this field? Luckily the trend in technology is making careers in manufacturing more desirable. Those in the manufacturing field will have a variety of options and will obtain a variety of skills as well. Also because there will be a need to fill jobs in this field we can expect that there will be competitive benefits and wages offered. This will help attract the talent needed for this field.
Attracting the Next Generation
The good news is that manufacturing is continuing to evolve due to new, more efficient technologies that are being introduced. This could prove helpful when trying to attract the next generation of workers in the manufacturing field.
Millennials are technology focused and will tend to seek careers that are technology based and that also have future growth potential. Manufacturing careers focus on the following types of technologies:
- Computer-aided design (CAD)
- Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining
- 3D printing
- Laser cutting
Manufacturing is also especially attractive to the next generation of workers that want a hands-on career, as opposed to a career that requires sitting behind a computer all day.
Benefits of manufacturing jobs:
- Specialized skills
- Casual work environment
Millennials needs and wants differ from other generations due to the culture of the world today. In today’s world convenience is at the forefront. Also these workers are becoming more accustomed to casual work environments, the advent of telecommuting and virtual offices, as well as the diminishing organizational hierarchies. The next generation wants more flexibility, more excitement and more freedom in their work.
Careers in manufacturing can vary depending on the area of focus and desired career path.
There are several areas include:
- Engineering and technology
- Logistics and distribution
- Maintenance, installation and repair
Examples of manufacturing jobs:
- CNC operators
- Equipment operators
- Manufacturing engineering technicians
- Maintenance and repair technicians
- Industrial machinery mechanics
Millennials will have more access to the ability to seek internships and/or learn about careers as more companies are seeking to recruit talent early. Career fairs and internships continue to be on the rise as companies understand that they could have a hand in directing high school students to certain areas of study such as manufacturing and engineering in college with the hopes to recruit those students and their peers upon graduation.