Next Generation

Manufacturing needs talented professionals! Plenty of careers are available for manufacturing engineers as well as trade professionals such as machinists and toolmakers. One of the challenges manufacturing employers face is that young people with aptitudes for science, mathematics and engineering are often unaware of the opportunities available in these fields. Another, related challenge is the out-of-date perceptions related to manufacturing, which in most manufacturing companies is becoming an increasingly more technical field requiring relying on knowledgeable personnel who are well-compensated. This page documents the increasing awareness of career opportunities in manufacturing, and describes the efforts of manufacturers and other organizations to find, attract and develop the next generation of manufacturing talent.
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It's Time to Educate the Next Generation–Manufacturing Competitions Receive Support from Companies at SkillsUSA

The depiction of manufacturing jobs as dirty and undesirable may soon be a thing of the past. How are manufacturing companies showing their interest in getting more students into the field?
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Training the Manufacturers of Tomorrow

With help from Edgecam, Northern Maine Community College trains the next generation of skilled manufacturers.
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How One College Meets the Need for Trained Manufacturing Hands

One obstacle to training the next generation of machine operators and engineers is exposing them to the variety of machine types and controls they are likely to encounter when they are hired. A community college in Illinois has the answer—training machines from Emco Maier with exchangeable control panels.




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