Why
Manufacturing?


Changing Minds About
Modern Manufacturing


Why Manufacturing?



….suppliers are looking to fill 4,500 jobs in the next 24 months to be able to meet our production goals for a brand new class of Mercedes-Benz SUVs

– MBUSI President and CEO,
Jason Hoff 2018


Amazon to create 1,500 jobs at Alabama Fulfillment Center
Enterprise - June 22, 2018
Mazda-Toyota announced Wednesday that it would build a $1.6 billion plant in Huntsville that will eventually create 4,000 jobs
Real-Time News from Huntsville Jan. 10, 2018

Not just a job
a great career


...the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $ 81,289.00 annually, including pay and benefits.

*Source: National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

Industrial manufacturing and Transportation works account for 22 percent of the workforce(in Alabama).

*Source: Alabama DOL

11% of the Alabama GDP is created by manufacturing jobs.

*Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Among All U.S. Employers

52%
Are Having Trouble Filling Jobs

Most Difficult Jobs To Fill

Technicians

Skilled Trades Workers

Production Operators

Laborers

*Industry Week - What is the Skills Gap and The Impact on Manufacturing and the Economy Steve Norall, VP of Business Development at Cerasis - 2017

"The Alabama Community College System is a great place to start a career..."

-Steve Norall, VP of Business Development at Cerasis - Industry Week 2017


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For companies like Airbus …. It’s important to realize that community colleges and technical schools can offer the skills and certifications necessary to start a job that can last a lifetime…”
Daryl Taylor, Vice President & General Manager, Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility
512
As a steel manufacturer in the US …. Certifications give us the assurance that a potential employee possesses a basic skill set and a commitment to learning
Mark Bush - General Manager Mobile Operations/Head of Southern Business Unit - SSAB
618
Our Alabama Community College System is helping us find and train motivated, loyal people who are willing to learn about the automotive industry and carve out their future in a well-paying and exciting field.
Jason Hoff, President & CEO - Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.

What type of Manufacturing job is for you?

Take the Personal Assessment below to help you identify areas of manufacturing you may be most interested in.
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“The future of manufacturing in Alabama and the U.S. is strong! …. Alabama has to continually grow its workforce to feed the growing number of local suppliers and OEMs now headquartered in the state.”
-Jason Hoff, President & CEO
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.

Employers Are Paying For Qualified Talent


Median Pay For CNC Machinist Is Close To
$40,000 A Year
A Quality Assurance Technician Earn An Average
$44,511 A Year
A Quality Engineer Makes An Average Of
$67,939 A Year

The average pay for a welder is over

$17 an hour

...More than $35,000 a year

Manufacturing Jobs
Mechanical Engineering Technician
$47,000
Maintenance Technician
$50,000
Logistics Analyst
$30,000
Advanced Manufacturing Machinist
$35,000
General Maintenance And Repair Worker
$30,000

Careers in Manufacturing


Process Technician

  • Description: A thinker who is a master of problem solving.
  • Duties: Startup/Shutdown processes, inspect, repair, operate cutting edge technologies.
  • Talents: Troubleshooting, leadership, independence, critical thinking.
  • Industries: Chemical, oil and gas, production, exploration, pharmaceutical, timber, power generation, and more.
  • Average Wages: $32 / hour

Welder

  • Description: A sure-handed craftsman who uses flame and electricity to fuse metals
  • Duties: Seal pipes, create metal framework, build everything from boats to aerospace vehicles
  • Talents: Knowledge of raw metals, read and understand blue prints, artistry, attention to detail, independence
  • Industries: Transportation from rail to rockets, oil and gas, construction, green energy industries, and more.
  • Average Wages: $22 / hour

Machinist

  • Description: An eye for detail and a mind for math to create with the utmost precision.
  • Duties: Program and operate lathes, milling machines, drill presses, and other machinery to carefully create or modify parts to the finest detail.
  • Talents: Complex problem solving, mathematics, precision measuring, and an eye for fine detail.
  • Industries: Aviation, aerospace, transportation, oil and gas, engineering, commercial production and many more.
  • Average Wages: $24 / hour

Engineering Design Technician

  • Description: A thinker who is a master of problem solving.
  • Duties: Startup/Shutdown processes, inspect, repair, operate cutting edge technologies.
  • Talents: Troubleshooting, leadership, independence, critical thinking.
  • Industries: Chemical, oil and gas, production, exploration, pharmaceutical, timber, power generation, and more.
  • Average Wages: $32 / hour

Electrician

  • Description: Control electrical energy to bring power to the world.
  • Duties: design, install, and maintain electrical components and infrastructure in everything from cutting edge production facilities to aerospace vehicles.
  • Talents: Physics, electronics, mechanics, troubleshooting, judgment, and safety.
  • Industries: Manufacturing production, oil and gas, aerospace, alternative energy and many more.
  • Average Wages: $23 / hour

Robotics Engineer

  • Description: Command a band of mechanical assistants to execute a given task.
  • Duties: research, design, and program robotic systems to complete a variety of tasks.
  • Talents: Computer programming, system analysis, mathematics, and leadership.
  • Industries: Automotive, aerospace vehicles, and exploration, commercial production, industrial machinery and defense.
  • Average Wages: $40 / hour


In terms of life success, manufacturing careers truly provide the whole package.
Manufacturing employers across the nation currently offer the highest salaries and benefits on average of any industry.
There is incredible opportunity to grow within these organizations and climb the pay scale.
And what is most exciting, the education to acquire the necessary skills for manufacturing careers come at a fraction of the cost and time required in most traditional post-secondary education.


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