Parents 2018-08-23T21:20:16+00:00

We know what you want.

What every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or just a family friend wants for the next generation of kids: a better future. To get that better future they need a career. Not a job, but a career. A career that will grow as they grow, last long enough for retirement, and provide a salary range to be able to provide for a family. Manufacturing deserves a second look.

The future of manufacturing in Alabama and the U.S. is strong! We rely heavily on our local suppliers because they provide a significant percentage of the components that go into our vehicles. 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.



Truth or Myth? Manufacturing jobs typically involve manual labor and hourly pay.



Truth or Myth? Office jobs usually pay higher than jobs in manufacturing.



Truth or Myth? Many manual labor manufacturing jobs are obsolete in the 21st century.



Truth or Myth? Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills are needed in manufacturing.



Truth or Myth? Only office jobs lead to management opportunities.



Truth or Myth? Jobs in manufacturing are for those not seeking a college education.



Truth or Myth? Pursuing a manufacturing job is a matter of settling.



Truth or Myth? Manufacturing employees are often exposed to dangerous work environments.



Truth or Myth? Manufacturing jobs are ideal for men and perfect jobs for women.



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 comes at a fraction of the cost and time required in most traditional postsecondary education.

ACCS is going statewide with the Dream It Do It program and plans to have a DIDI Ambassador at every Community College campus. Their function will be to assist companies in getting involved with their community’s school systems to help show young students the opportunities for careers in today’s manufacturing. The initiative includes class visits to promote manufacturing careers, student and educator tours of manufacturing facilities, Career Pathways Fairs, internships, job shadows and other career experiences. 

Mark Bush General Manager Mobile Operations/Head of Southern Business Unit – SSAB

MFG Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of makers, builders and dreamers.

Manufacturing Day officially occurs on October 5th.

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The Alabama Community College System is preparing and certifying a world-class workforce! With the new Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) certification programs being rolled out over the entire state, ACCS is making sure that Alabama’s workforce is ready.

What is the MSSC Certificate Program?

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is the nation’s leading industry-led training, assessment and certification organization focused on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s frontline production and material handling workers.

Certified Production Technician

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) program addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing. Certificates are awarded in Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production, and Maintenance Awareness and Green Production.

Certified Logistics Technician

The Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) program addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled, frontline material handling workers in all supply chain facilities: in factories, warehouses, distribution centers and transportation companies.

CPT and CLT are both accredited under ANSI-ISO 17024 (Personnel Certification). In the U.S., the CPT certification meets the standards of 6 million front-line production jobs, and the CLT certification meets the standards of 5.8 million front-line material handling and distribution jobs.

CPT Certification Training Options

Summer Boot Camp

4 to 6 week boot camp style intensive training that gives the student a full CPT certificate. Great for students that want to have that extra help before starting to look for their first real job.

Dual Enrollment

regular school year. Begin in the 11th grade and have the full certificate by High School Graduation. The certificate travels with them whether they start a job or continue their education. Great for the student that wants to start working immediately after graduation.

2 Year Degree

Incorporate the CPT program into a 2-year program, so that the certifications begin to build up each course you take. Great for the student that has decided that they want to pursue manufacturing or production careers.

4-Year Degree At A University

The certificates still stay with the student as he reaches for a degree. Helps with better options for part-time work while still in school. And it’s amazing how helpful it is to have floor level knowledge when you tackle that management job.

More information on Dream It. Do it. and the MSSC certification program

Report on the Skills Gap in the Manufacturing Industry and the effect it will have on jobs in the coming years.


The Alabama Community College System brochure on the MSSC’s Certified Production Technician certification.


Information on how corporations are utilizing the MSSC certifications to improve their workforce.


Information on the organizations that recognize the MSSC certifications in the United States and worldwide.


Introduction to the Dream It. Do It. program being supported by the Alabama Community College System.


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