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 Another, related challenge is the out-of-date perceptions related to manufacturing, which in most manufacturing companies is becoming an increasingly more technical field requiring relying on knowledgeable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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This replicable student-run business model offers promise not only in terms of workforce development, but also in potentially lowering U.S. manufacturing costs.

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Be a Champion for Manufacturing

Terry Iverson, president of Iverson and Company and founder of ChampionNow!, is working to change the perception of manufacturing in the United States by writing a book for parents, mentors and educators. The goal is to highlight the quality manufacturing career opportunities that are available to today’s youth.

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Creating Moldmakers by Offering Training and Cultivating Passion

Several mold manufacturing companies have shared how their workforce development strategies have evolved to meet the needs of today’s industry. Here, Janler Corp. outlines its approach to workforce development, which is largely about seeking and cultivating passion and motivation in new recruits.



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