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What are the best classes to take if you want to pursue manufacturing?

I am a middle school student and I took a quiz that said manufacturing would be a good career choice. #career #college #student #career-counseling #careers #manufacturing

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John’s Answer

In middle school and high school concentrate on math,, communication skills and computers, computer design if your school offers it. After High School you can go to college for Engineering or other technical Positions, or you can go work at a Company that offers apprenticeship for several different careers such as Tool and Die, Electrician or General Maintenance . My son makes over $100,000 as a tool and Die maker.

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Hector’s Answer

Donovan, Manufacturing is a big Endeavor, constructed of various ways or paths to follow. Since you are still in High School, start by researching the history of manufacturing. Look towards books like Sprague deCamp (The Ancient Engineers) or `J G Landels (Engineering in the Ancient World). Research on the Industrial Revolution in Europe, and the impact of people like Ford (Automotive Industry ), Andrew Carnegie (Iron and Steel in the 1900s), Thomas Alva Edison, Nicolas Tesla, Edward Deming, and the American efforts for industrialization during World War II. After that, you can look toward the industrialization of Japan after World War Two, and the industrialization movement in the '70s, 80's and '90s. Why History, you may ask? Because it will provide you an outlook towards various types of manufacturing environments and the creation or expansion of new ones from the old ones. Present tool and die techniques date back to the manufacturing efforts by people like Ford, Carnegie, and Edison. Deming provided a foundation towards Quality Excellence, whose impact is still being felt today. If you want to see how many manufacturing industries there are, take a look at the Thomas Register (https://www.thomasnet.com/) create an account, and start searching... There are so many vocations and professions that affect manufacturing right now. It would be an injustice, just to guide you into one area (mine is manufacturing engineering for medical device and pharmaceuticals), there are a lot more. Start your search with history and let me know how it goes. I will be here to give you answers and more questions.

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Sethu’s Answer

After high school,. A diploma or undergrad program in technical courses that are relevant to engineering will help. This will provide good base for all entering a tech career in manufacturing. Industrial engineering prog could be a general path for joining and mfg career. You can opt for any industry domain after undergrad. Of course, if you are interested in specific domain like semi conductors or automotive, you can choose to do an undergrad in that specific domain. If engineering is not your interest then, industrial management programs could provide you a path for begin as an apprentice on the mfg floor and learn as you grow as a business or operations manager. Operations research, operations management, operations techniques are some relevant courses. HR is also as very rewarding career in mfg.. you could do an MBA in HR focused on mfg domain. You could also start in HR in undergrad itself. IT is a great option to consider in undergrad from an industry, mfg, and automation perspective. In IT there are various paths to choose from.. AI/ML, RPA, IOT, etc .. after IT program you should look for a job in mfg that will provide a path for a rewarding career in mfg and automation.

Sign up for good resources: themanufacurer.com. sign up and attend events that showcase mfg careers, mfg products.. this will give a great opportunity to network with experts in mfg from various domains. Also talk to people you know who are in mfg, about latest trends in your country.
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Hi Sethu, this is great info but the student is in middle school so this might be relevant to them for a long while. Do you have any suggestions on next steps for someone who still in middle school? Gurpreet Lally

Thank you, I understand. Sethu Lambu