How did you start your career in manufacturing?
I am a middle school student and I took a quiz in class that told me manufacturing would be a good career choice for me. #school #student #graduate-school #high-school-classes #college #manufacturing
If you like fast paced work, problem solving, and don’t want to experience the same old thing every day, I agree with the quiz that manufacturing is for you!
I got a degree in process engineering in college and one summer, I interned with a well-known soda manufacturer. I loved working with a large team of people that worked together to produce as much output as possible to meet customer demand. One thing about manufacturing is that it is part of the supply chain, meaning it is a fairly reliable job depending on the company you’re working with. I was deemed an “essential” worker all throughout the pandemic and was able to carry on with work with little to no change in my way of life. People have called the supply chain, “pandemic proof” – as there will always be customers who require what you are producing.
As far as the job itself, it depends which side of manufacturing you want to get involved in. There is a quality side, which focuses on defects or food safety and there is a machinist side that focuses on the technical details of how to best take care of the machines. If you want to be a supervisor or manager – both require a degree in STEM of some sort.
Another great advantage of being in a reliable manufacturing job is that things are always changing. A push to become more efficient and competitive keeps you and your company always looking for the next big thing to stay on top. This can mean completely automated machines, (think autonomous vehicles), going paperless etc.
It is definitely a fast-paced environment and often times you have to think on your feet to solve problems, also known as “fire-fighting” - but this can be the same in any industry. At my hiring interview, my boss warned me that this type of work is not for the “faint of heart”. He wasn’t lying, so keep that in mind!