Any individual or business that makes a physical product is considered part of the Manufacturing industry cluster that the U.S. Department of Labor established among 16 used to track employment trends. At a company that makes things, employees all are in manufacturing, whether on a production line in a factory, behind a desk in an office or in a field location making sales. As with other industry clusters, jobs in manufacturing sometime overlap other categories. Learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s industry clusters and their economic outlook.
Adults using these resources to help students explore careers may also find it helpful to use the Career Journeys Supplemental Materials we’ve prepared for teachers and counselors.
Machinists turn raw metal into precision parts
Ralph Balash is a Machine Shop Training Group Leader for Aerotech, Inc., a maker of motion controls. A skilled machinist, he graduated from a program at New Century Careers. He discusses his trade and training for the field of manufacturing.
Skills as a chemist led to a career in regulatory compliance
A chemistry background helped Greg Chambers solve a safety challenge for Oberg Industries, and the solution helped pave the way for his career in regulatory compliance.
Apprentice programs offer one route to manufacturing careers
Neil Ashbaugh pursued both baseball and broadcasting before undertaking the apprenticeship that took him into manufacturing. Now, he helps others train for the field as President and Chief Executive Officer of New Century Careers.
Taking things apart as a kid led to a career designing and making them
Steve Simqu, CAD and Product Manager for DMI Companies, said he showed mechanical skills from an early age and always wanted to know how things worked.
Working seamlessly between office and shop floor
Of course, he liked math and science, but a high school robotics class became the impetus for Stephen Gerba’s career as an Automation Engineer at DMI Companies.
Magic happens when employees drive change
As a Manufacturing Engineer with Stellar Precision, Tim Makosky had to sharpen his listening skills and learn patience. He advises students who want a career like his to enroll in a vo-tech program.